Decking Around Pools: Inground or Above Ground

above ground pool deckThe pool deck, while necessary to the safety and overall structure of the area, is more than just a slab of concrete, bricks, or wood panels. If it is designed well and furnished properly, it can serve as a comfortable outdoor living space to relax or entertain guests.

Your deck creates the overall style and look of your swimming area. When building and designing a pool deck, the decking materials you choose matter a lot. The area must be non-slip, well-constructed, inviting, and stylish at the same time.

While a larger deck may be a bit more costly, you are enhancing your yard with a permanent amenity that can bring outdoor fun to the next level. Even for above-ground pools, where a deck isn’t strictly necessary, a well-built wooden platform will add both style and comfort to the entire area.

In this article, we’re going to explore all the benefits of a spacious, attractive pool deck.


Do you have plans to use your pool for entertainment? If so, you’ll want a high quality pool deck. Plan for plenty of space to spread out pool loungers and other outdoor furniture of your choosing.

The ideal setup is a deck wide enough to accommodate a comfortable amount of furniture while still allowing a large perimeter around the pool itself for getting in and out of the water. And how about an extra large nook in the corner so you can set up a grill?


Pool decks can also enhance the appearance of your landscaping as a whole. Specifically, above ground pools can be a bit unsightly just sitting there unadorned. Custom-built wooden decks quite literally “dress up” these vinyl behemoths by surrounding and covering the perimeters.

This allows you to design your deck in a way that integrates your above ground pool into the rest of your backyard landscape. You can choose wood tones and accessories that compliment your yard while providing a comfy poolside platform on which to relax.

Type of Deck Materials

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Modern pool deck with composite wood.

As we mentioned at the top of the article, there are various materials to choose from for building a deck.  We love the look and style of a wooden deck around a pool.  There are hardwoods and composites that look like wood to choose from.

Here is an excellent article on hardwoods vs composites for decking materials.

Protecting Your Lawn

Above-ground pools can also cause damage to your yard, due to the large area of ground space they cover. Many people feel compelled to take them down in the winter, leaving behind a massive patch of dead grass that won’t get a chance to recover before the pool goes back up.

The structure and aesthetic of a wooden deck allows the above ground pool to become a permanent fixture in your yard, rather than a seasonal hassle. As for the surrounding grass, it will remain healthier due to the deck protecting it from getting soaked in chemical-laden pool water.

Final Thoughts

A fantastic pool with a lackluster deck is like a beautiful house with an unkempt yard. Who wants either of those?!

Whether you have (or are planning for) an inground or above ground pool, the deck you choose for it truly isn’t an amenity to skimp on. Think of it as an integral component of your outdoor living space, and make choices you know you’ll still be satisfied with in the coming years.

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5 thoughts on “Decking Around Pools: Inground or Above Ground

  1. I like how you mentioned that pool decks can also enhance the appearance of your landscaping as a whole. My brother just bought a house that has a pool but he says that he would like to make it look newer. I will definitely suggest to him to think about hiring a pool deck company so that it also looks nice from the outside.

  2. Thank you for pointing out that you really want to incorporate a deck design that will integrate the pool into the rest of your yard. I think that that sounds like a very important feature when installing a pool deck. Yesterday, I was talking to my brother, and he mentioned that he wants to install a pool so that his kids will have somewhere to release energy. I hope that he looks into contractors to give him a great deck while he is at it.

  3. I like how you mentioned that a pool deck is more than just concrete, bricks, and wood because it’s crucial to the structure and overall safety of every swimmer. My wife and I are thinking of looking for contractors because we’re considering building a deck around our pool to add more aesthetic appeal and a place for people to place their belongings while they swim. It seems like a good idea for us to think about hiring a reputable professional that can help us choose the best decking material to use and install around our swimming area so that it looks as nice as possible.

  4. I liked how you pointed out that if you’re thinking about using your pool for entertainment, you should look to invest in a high quality deck. My sister has been thinking about getting a deck built to use around her pool and has been wondering what she should keep in mind while all the plans are being drawn up. I’ll be sure to mention your advice to her so that she can really pay attention to the quality of the deck.

  5. Great! Decks can be built as close to the bottom of the top rails as possible, or they can be raised higher than the pool and overhang on top of the top rails. Both deck designs will function properly. Experts recommend that you be in your deck slightly below the top rail of your pool.

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