Pool Decks: Concrete, Wood, Tile or Pavers?

Pool decks can be made from a variety of different materials. You can make them look and feel any way you want them to, but each material does come with its own unique pros and cons.

Concrete Pros

Concrete pool decks can be fully customized. You can make the concrete look like it’s tile by cutting grid lines into it. You can texturize it, paint it, add faux finishes and many other things. You can even add sealants that will petina over the years, giving your pool’s deck a purposely aged look.

Concrete Cons

The problem with concrete though is that weather will crack it. You may end up having to patch or even replace whole parts of your concrete deck. While you could always use more cement and some epoxy sealant over it, you will still be able to tell that it was repaired.

Wood Pros

Wood is a renewable resource—especially if you use a wood like bamboo. It will not only be eco-friendly, but can also be a fashionable way to compliment your pool with a spa-like feel. Wood is cheaper than other materials, but more than that, it’s easier to work with.

Wood Cons

Wood will rot. It will eventually deteriorate, and at a rate that’s faster than other materials. There are woods on the market today cut into lumber that has water-resistant qualities, but it’s just as expensive to buy that wood as it is to buy pavers or concrete.

Tile Pros

Pool tiles can be a beautiful compliment to your outdoor space, and there are literally thousands of different types of pool tiles you can use. It’s best that you use glazed tiles for the interior of the pool and textured ones for the outside to prevent someone slipping and getting injured when there’s water on the ground. You can also have them custom glazed so that they’re slip-resistant.

Tile Cons

The problem with tile is the grout. While tile can be expensive in itself if you haven’t bargain-shopped or if you’ve had them customized, the grout can actually need replacing once every 5 years (or sometimes more for heavily-used pools). You’ll have to cut up the grout, re-grout, and then re-seal. It’s like a grout job but with extra steps.

Paver Pros

Pavers are the best of all the above worlds—you get the resilience of concrete, the ability to repair of tile (where you can replace one or two rather than all of it), the customization of wood and the various shapes available. It is also co-friendly too because you lay pavers in sand and not concrete. You can get pavers in virtually any color you can mix with concrete, you can make them custom, and you can even incorporate mosaic into the design.

Paver Cons

Pavers are expensive. While repairing them is easy, you have to buy more than you need because there are no guarantees that the pavers you used to make your pool deck will still be in existence if and when you need a repair done.

Choose your material according to your need, and build from there. You too can have a stylish, functional pool deck for years of enjoyment.