When planning your inground swimming pool, you may want to consider a pool deck other than concrete or stone. There are a couple of alternative pool decking options that offer unique benefits that should be considered when choosing the right alternative pool decking option for your pool. They are:
2. Composite pavers
Here’s a guide to choosing the right alternative pool decking option.
A rubber floor is a great alternative to traditional pool decking. It is usually made out of recycled rubber tires, so it’s a product that’s eco-friendly. The two common forms of rubber flooring are poured-in-place rubber bond and interlocking rubber tiles. The former must be professionally installed, whereas rubber tiles can be easily installed by the home owner.
Poured-in-place, rubber bond flooring is generally thought to be more beneficial as it is more durable and can be customized with a wide range of colours that can be mixed and matched for a unique look.
Rubber Flooring Benefits
Rubber flooring offers a porous, non-skid surface that won’t get too hot. It also drains quickly and is easy to maintain. Besides the many colour options available, you can opt for patterns that mimic slate, stone, brick or other custom designs.
Rubber flooring can be installed over most solid deck surfaces such as concrete, asphalt or wood, with extra cushioning available as an option for high traffic areas. After installation, you will need to allow between 24 hours to four days for the floor to cure, depending on temperature and humidity.
Rubber pool decking can be easily cleaned using a leaf blower or garden hose and mild soap and water can also be used when necessary. Rubber is very hard-wearing but, in the event that a section is damaged, a custom pool installer can cut out the damaged area and pour new rubber bond.
Composite pavers are placed in the same compacted sand bases used for conventional pavers and come in unique custom designs and various colours for endless design options. You can get the look of herringbone, brick stack, pinwheel and many other patterns.
Composite Paver Benefits
Composite pavers, like rubber flooring, are also eco-friendly because they are made from up to 95 per cent recycled materials. They are fast becoming an alternative to traditional concrete pavers for pool decking because they’re about one-third the weight of concrete and three times easier to install because of a grid system that works as a template to eliminate the frustration of manually setting and aligning heavy concrete pavers. Composite pavers need less base preparation and fit into the grid like puzzle pieces for foolproof positioning of even, neat lines.
Composite pavers should be installed over an even surface by a professional but can be installed by a knowledgeable do-it-yourselfer with the right installation guides. These pavers require very little maintenance apart from the occasional replenishing of joint sand.
Consult with a pool expert when choosing outdoor flooring to ensure you get the right look for your pool’s environment.