Your pool deck should be a stand-out feature of your backyard while also ensuring the safety of your family as they use the pool all summer long. Two options that are both aesthetically pleasing and family-friendly are flagstone and pebble paving pool decks.
Flagstone Pool Decks
Choosing flagstone for your pool deck or patio gives it a very natural look that enhances landscaping and architectural features. The flagstone tends to be broken into larger chunks than pebble options and is flat on the surface. Although the stones are flat, their texture makes them slip-resistant, ensuring the safety of any accident-prone family or friends. Depending on your region and availability, this stone can be made of sandstone, limestone, quartzite, granite, or porphyry. When flagstone is broken up for paving, it transforms into a wide assortment of shapes and sizes including squares, rectangles, triangles, and anything in between. When they’re fit together, it creates a puzzle-like design that’s sure to make your pool deck stand out.
Pebble Paving Pool Decks
Any quality paving company knows that pebble paving is an increasingly popular option for pool decks as they are more interesting than plain concrete but still easy to repair and replace. These stones are much smaller than flagstone, creating a busier pattern that looks like one continuous design as opposed to flagstone’s separated shapes. The textured surface provides great traction for walking on the deck.
Maintain Your Pool Deck By Maintaining Your Pool
You want your pool deck to last for many years. The best way to ensure its longevity is by properly maintaining your pool.
- Test the chemical balance of the pool water at least one time per week.
- Wait until the pool water’s pH and carbonate alkalinity are in an acceptable range to chlorinate your pool.
- Use a bristled pool brush made of nylon to clean the stones around and in your pool. Brushing away any dirt and debris immediately near the pool is important in maintaining the water’s quality.
- Don’t panic if pebbles come loose during the first few weeks of installation. This is normal while your new deck settles.
When you install a flagstone or pebble paving pool deck you’ll be staying on trend, as 38% of homeowners who upgrade their patios, pathways, driveways, and terraces use gravel and crushed rock, according to the 2017 Houzz Landscape Trends study. And to make sure your pool deck lasts for years to come, call a trusted paving company for installation and repairs.