The number of pool decking options has really expanded over the past several years. Not long ago, a slab of poured concrete was the main option for most pool owners. However, concrete is very expensive and difficult to repair if it gets cracked. It can also be slippery when it gets wet.
An advantage to newer pool decking options is that you can choose something that will really enhance the look and design of your custom pool. For beautiful budget options, think about Saltillo pavers or quarry tile. They’re large red clay tiles and can give a wonderful Mediterranean look to your pool deck. Concrete pavers are another good budget option. They come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. With so many options, you can easily create a gorgeous pool deck.
More upscale pool decking options include wood or stone. Tropical hardwoods are becoming more popular options, as well. Wood makes a striking contrast to the manmade materials of a typical pool. One downside is that wood has to be regularly refinished, so be aware that more maintenance may be required for that type of deck. Stone can also be an elegant option, whether laid in poured concrete or as flagstones laid on an aggregate bed. One other benefit of stone is that it absorbs excessive heat, while looking beautiful.