Wait a minute—are we really talking about pools in the middle of winter? Yes, we are. And that’s because it’s never too early to think about your upcoming hardscaping projects, even when it comes to a pool. If you have a pool deck that needs an overhaul, now is a good time to take stock of your options, such as using concrete pavers, which are both a hardy and attractive choice for pool decks
. We’re breaking down their benefits and giving you some installation tips:
- Unbeatable durability – To begin with, it’s hard to beat the durability of concrete pavers. They are both dense and non-porous, which makes them terrific for the high-traffic, specialized environment that a pool creates.
- Multi-resistant – We’re talking resistant to cracking and settling (if installed correctly—see below), resistant to salt and chlorine (as in, the chlorine won’t affect the coloration of the pavers), and resistant to algae and mildew growth, which can otherwise be a pesky problem around a consistently wet surface.
- Aesthetically appealing – Concrete pavers are often made to look like natural stone and come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes that inspire many different design schemes. You can also use the same pavers to build accompanying seats, walls, planter boxes, or pillars that match or coordinate with the pool deck.
- Comfortable underfoot – Some pavers are manufactured with dimples which create a pleasant barefoot experience, and even more so if they have beveled edges. Concrete pavers also have a built-in cooling factor: the joints harbor moisture which helps to cool them, so walking barefoot is more comfortable on a scorching hot summer day. And don’t forget that pavers are also slip-resistant, especially when compared to the smoother surface of stamped concrete.
- Easily replaceable – If you experience a plumbing or electrical issue with your pool, you can remove a paver or two to address the issue and then replace them without worrying about it looking like an obvious patch job. Or if you decide to add onto your pool deck later, you can simply add more pavers in the same pattern.
During installation, think about the following:
- Seal well – Sealing your pavers with a UV-resistant sealant will increase durability and decrease fading. However, some experts think that sealing pavers around a pool can make them less slip-resistant. So it may come down to what you prefer: longevity vs. safety.
- Fill joints – Filling the joints between pavers with polymer sand helps prevent erosion since the additive in the sand helps to bind and harden it.
- Install over a stable sub-base – Without it, some settling can occur. But if you do experience settling, the pavers in question can easily be reset.
- Light vs. dark – Consider installing lighter-colored pavers if your pool deck will have lots of sun exposure during the day, as darker-colored pavers will absorb heat and feel hotter underfoot.
If you’re thinking about renovating your existing pool deck or enhancing your outdoor space in other ways, let the local experts at Kona Contractors handle the job. We’ll help you choose the right pavers
for the project, and design and install the outdoor space of your dreams. Contact us