For fun in the sun, there is nothing better than spending time in the pool. There are many factors to consider when designing and installing a pool, including the deck or patio that will surround this refreshing outdoor space. If you’re planning to build a new pool deck next spring, here’s a few factors that you should take into consideration during the planning process.
Pool Decks & Patios: What You Need To Consider
While the pool might be the main feature of this outdoor oasis, the deck surrounding it needs to be both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Here’s what you need to take into consideration when designing a pool deck.
Since the deck is likely going to be a place that you and your loved ones will spend a significant amount of time, it’s important to take size into consideration. A deck shouldn’t just be a walkway used to get in and out of the pool. The best decks provide ample space for seating and perhaps even a table or two.
The material used to build the deck should be slip-resistant since the surface will become wet as people get in and out of the pool. It shouldn’t absorb excess heat so that the surface isn’t unbearable to walk on in bare feet.
Traditional wood decks fit these requirements, however, this type of material requires regular maintenance, splinters, and absorbs water, making it prone to rot.
A much better alternative is the Premium Grade Plastic Lumber available in our online store. This plastic lumber is slip-resistant, won’t get too hot, will never splinter, won’t absorb water, and is extremely low-maintenance. Available in a wide range of attractive colors, our Premium Lumber is perfect for pool decking.
Pool safety should be taken seriously. Every area has codes that regulate how a pool can be installed, how a pool deck or patio needs to be built and the type of fencing that should surround the pool.
Be sure to talk to your local municipality to determine exactly what needs to be done for the pool, deck, and fence to meet code. At the same time, ask about what steps need to be taken to obtain the necessary permits for building the pool deck.
Pool Proximity & Pool Rails
It might seem like common sense, but it’s important to build the deck as close to the pool as possible. This isn’t just attractive, it’s also important for safety. A seamless transition prevents tripping when getting in and out of the water.
It’s also important to install the decking boards beneath the pool rails (this is usually possible). In the future, when the pool liner needs to be replaced, this will prevent the installer from having to cut the deck boards to remove the existing liner.
Pools come with maintenance requirements and equipment to help keep the water clean. Before planning the deck, talk to the pool installer about where the parts, like pumps and filters, will be located. Regular maintenance on these parts will be required and it’s important to have easy access.
If planned properly, this equipment can be well hidden by decking or landscaping while still providing easy access.
Enhance Your Living Space With A Pool Deck
A well-planned pool deck can seriously enhance any living space and will be enjoyed for years to come. If you have any questions regarding what materials are best to purchase, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Plastic Lumber Yard.