Most manufacturers highlight the good features of a product to make a sale. However, it is important for consumers to know the cons, too, to help them make a sound decision. It gives them the opportunity to weigh their options and to know how to care for their pool decks appropriately. Here are the most common pool deck materials and an honest look at their good and bad points:
- Pros: Concrete is a very versatile material, enabling you to mold and enhance it whichever way you want. It is comfortable to walk on and is very easy to maintain.
- Cons: Concrete needs to be textured through brushing or stamping in order to make it slip-resistant. The addition of aggregate can also enhance its slip-resistance.
- Pros: Brick is a timeless material, known for its durability and easy installation properties. It comes in various colors, terra cotta being the most popular.
- Cons: Moss tends to grow on brick surfaces so it requires regular maintenance.>
- Pros: Pavers are affordable and, if installed properly, could last a long time. It is easy to repair a damaged paver. Just simply take out the damaged piece and replace with a new one. Interlocking pavers are frost-proof according to manufacturers.
- Cons: Before pavers can be installed, a border or frame needs to be set up to keep the pieces from shifting.
- Pros: There is a wide range of wood varieties to choose from. Design options are also versatile with a wooden deck.
- Cons: Wood is a high maintenance material. As a pool deck, it needs to be regularly resealed and cleaned.
- Pros: There is a wide selection of stone shapes and sizes to choose from. It can be used raw and rough but it can also be flattened a bit for a more level surface.
- Cons: Stone is not available everywhere so it might need to be shipped in from another state, raising costs to an expensive level.
- Pros: Tile comes in a wide range of colors, shapes, and designs. The selection is so wide that it is impossible not to find the right one for your design and color theme.
- Cons: Tile has a smooth surface, making it very slippery when wet. It is important to find unglazed types or to seal the tile with a sealer mixed with an abrasive.
- Pros: It looks like real grass in all its green glory and it stays that way forever. It requires minimal cleaning and it helps conserve water since it does not require it.
- Cons: It is important to choose an artificial turf product carefully. Ask about what it is made of, making sure that there are no harmful ingredients included.