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.

Functionality

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?

Aesthetics

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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