Choosing the Right Decking

Whether you are thinking about building a new pool deck or renovating your existing one, the materials you choose will create the atmosphere for your entire pool area. There are several factors to consider when choosing a decking material. In no particular order, they are, style, shape, design, texture, durability, and price. If you are renovating an existing deck you have a couple other factors to look at too, such as feasibility and drainage. For example, if you wanted to add thin concrete pavers over your existing Kool Deck, you need to make sure your doors will still be able to open and there is a coping that will go over your existing tile.

Now let’s talk about materials; concrete pavers are increasingly becoming the most desirable decking material of choice. They come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, colors, and offer good durability with little maintenance. Natural stone, like travertine and slate, are also popular and offer similar features to pavers, but at a higher cost. Both can be laid over an existing deck so updating your old deck is easier than you think. In addition to the deck you can add in fire pits, walkways, and sitting areas that will blend in with your new deck and create the ultimate gathering place for family and friends. Decorative or stamped concrete is also becoming very popular. It allows you to have the “brick” look without the bricks.

With decorative concrete you can create an economical replica of more expensive materials, and yet still maintain a very natural look. Decorative concrete comes in many colors and your imagination is the limit on the designs. Finally, Kool Deck is still the most common material used on pool decks in Florida. This product dates back to the 1960’s and is as strong as concrete, but does not expand or contract nearly as much. Some of the main benefits of a Kool Deck are its ability to lower the surface temperature of concrete thus making it perfect for the hot Florida summers. Kool Deck comes in a vast array of colors and textures and is the most economical decking material discussed here. Regardless of the product you choose, please keep safety in mind and ask how water will be on the deck, as the last thing you want is a very beautiful, but slippery deck that cannot be enjoyed.

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  1. Adriana says:

    thanks for share!


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