Make a Splash
One great use for concrete pavers is installing them around a pool (a.k.a. pool deck). Pool deck pavers are a great choice for any in ground pool or above ground pool because of their great flexibility and customizability.
Benefits of Pool Deck Pavers
- Paver colors. You can choose from many color blends to complement your patio and backyard theme or design.
- No cracking. Concrete pavers are a great choice over the major alternative – poured concrete – because it does not crack over time. These cracks are both unsightly and a safety hazard.
- Patterns. You have unlimited choices of pavers patterns which will add to the beauty of you deck far more than regular poured in place concrete.
- One great advantage of pool pavers is their slip resistance. They are smooth enough to be easy on the feet and retain their beauty for a long time; they are rough enough, however, to provide enough friction to prevent someone from slipping on them, especially if they are wet (as they will be when they are near a pool). For those who have children who enjoy playing around the pool, pool paving stones can be a great investment in safety.
- No more mastic. Pavers are installed butting directly to the coping. Therefore, there is NO more need for expensive mastic. Pavers do not expand and contract like “poured-in-place” concrete.
Grading & Slope
Installing swimming pool pavers can be tricky business. Coordinating the height of the pavers with the height of the pool, as well as installing coping correctly, without damaging the poolside, can be challenging for those without experience. A beginner paver installer should not attempt this without consulting a professional. In fact, it may pay to hire a qualified Paver contractor in this case. Working around a pool presents particular difficulties that other projects do not – for instance, workers need to take care not to knock material or brick into the pool!
Selecting particular colors of paver should depend on a number of factors. Lighter pavers do not get very hot on a sunny day, but they do reflect a lot of light, which can be bothersome. Darker pavers don’t have this problem, but can get a bit hotter on a sunny day. You will thus probably want to pick a color somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. Whatever color you select, make sure it complements your pool, patio, and backyard.
- You may need to replace the pool coping or you may not. It depends on the condition the coping. We can determine that for you by visual inspection.
- These are not typically pavers, but they do come in the same color and style as the pavers you install around the pool itself. These coping materials will cap and cover the boundary between the deck and the pool, providing you with beauty and aesthetics.
- When it comes time to install your new pool deck, don’t discount the other designs and projects you can combine into this work. For instance, this may be the perfect time to explore doing some extra pool landscaping in conjunction with your paver project. Indeed, landscaping pavers that are of the same kind and type as your pool pavers can be used to ensure that you maintain the harmony among all the projects in your yard.
- Consider as well that you can add to or expand your patio, perhaps connecting the patio pavers to the pool deck to make a nice place for you and your friends/family to hang out. You could also add walkway pavers around your pool deck to connect areas of your yard, or even to integrate the whole structure into your front yard and driveway. Again, all the same materials can be used for these structures, and it will be cheaper per square foot to get all of this done at the same time than if you just did all of this in separate projects over many seasons..
- Installing concrete pavers around a pool can be more expensive than Poured Concrete depending on the project. However, they represent a great investment over the long term, as their durability makes them last much longer
- More cost effective. Pavers are typically 4 times stronger than concrete.
- Walls. If you need walls or dividers, Ocean Pavers can install freestanding or retaining walls. We have a variety of materials we can use for the façade of your walls including materials that match your paving, stone and other veneers.
- Stains and repairs. For example; If an HOA pool deck has BBQ stains, pavers can be pulled up and replaced just like a puzzle. You cannot do that with concrete. With concrete you are stuck with staining and cracking.
- Building value. In addition, they beautify your entire backyard and pool area, increasing the appraised value of your home and community.
One thing to keep in mind with pool deck pavers is that their proximity to the pool can cause problems. Specifically, if care is not taken joint sand can fall into the pool. To prevent this, have your pavers treated with a stabilizing sealer. This can prevent sand from escaping from the joints. Sealing may be a good idea in general because pavers near a pool see more damaging weathering effects than other pavers from the combination of water, chlorine, sun, etc.
It’s very important to get the slope correct and all water and runoff from the pool or from rain, flow toward the drains that are installed in the deck. If you have no drains then you may consider this while you consider a new paver deck. Typically you want the deck to have a 1% – 2% slope toward the drain lines.
If you are installing pavers near a body of salt water, take care in selecting a paving stone that will stand up to salt. Many are not able to, and will degrade and break down after constant exposure to salt water. The best way to avoid excessive mineral stains is apply Sealer to the pavers or concrete. Your contractor or paver manufacturer should be able to give you recommendations as to the proper brick to select for this purpose. If you are not building your pool deck near a body of salt water, you should make sure that your pavers can withstand constant exposure to chlorinated water. Concrete pavers often fit these requirements, but check with your contractor or manufacturer.
Of course, installing pool pavers isn’t cheap, mostly because the material and installation is time and labor intensive. This is more significant due to the fact that the pavers must be installed near the pool, making the job that much more difficult and sensitive. Thus, you should know that this project won’t be cheap; however, it will most definitely be worth it in the long run. Usual prices run around $10-$15 per square foot, though other costs may also accrue if your project needs special grading, excavation, drain lines, sealer etc. Indeed, though the pool pavers cost may be relatively high in the short term, you will benefit from an increased property value for your home and pool as well as a beautiful place for you to hang out in your own yard. This can save you money indirectly, as you can stay around the house more to relax – no need to go driving to public pools or beaches or taking expensive and long trips just to get a little R&R!
Regardless of these benefits, you’ll still want to save some money where you can when it comes to installing pavers. I wouldn’t try to take shortcuts when it comes to the installation of pool deck pavers – you want to make sure the job is done right, especially near your pool where one mistake could have catastrophic consequences. (I’ve seen some terrible things happen to pools where hardscape and landscape work is done incorrectly!)