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The deck or the patio is the immediate area that surrounds the pool. It’s the space you put the backyard or pool furniture.  

It’s an essential part of your swimming pool because you can use it to enhance the style and the look of the pool. Therefore, it should be inviting, stylish, non-slip and well-constructed. You should make it a perfect place to have fun with family and friends.   

Pool decking job done in Adelaide with wood  pool surround deck

The following is in-depth information about your Pool Surround Tiling.  

The Difference between the Pool Surround Tiling and Coping 

Pool coping refers to the area around the pool edge, that lies between the decking and the pool itself. It’s 12 inches wide and is mostly made from concrete or stone. 

On the other hand, Pool Surround Tiling is the broader area surrounding the pool that is mostly occupied by the pool furniture, and a full BBQ grill. Space allows you to create a fantastic look that blends with the whole poolscape. 

Decking Materials 

Decking is one of the most flexible areas for your pool for it allows you to experiment with different designs and materials. The following are some of the decking materials that you can use to decorate your pool. 

Stone  

It’s a stylish, durable and economical decking material that is popular because it can withstand all climatic conditions.  

There are different types, colours, shapes and sizes of stones. These materials are also used to create boulders, waterfalls, and other structures, thus enhancing your pool’s aesthetic value. 

Stones blends well with any architectural style because the material has a timeless, natural look.  

  • It has no maintenance 
  • It’s extremely durable 
  • It has natural friction, and for that reason, the non-slip surface improves poolside safety. 

There are different types of stones, and travertine is the typical natural stone decking material. It has no-slip properties, thus making it safe and comfortable for the wet environment. 

Although stone offers you both design and quality, it’s the most expensive option in the market. 

Concrete 

Poured concrete is a flexible and affordable paving material that is used to make the Pool Surround Tiling look good. You can create a broom finish that gives you a standard concrete look. Concrete is available in many colour options.  

Stamped concrete, on the other hand, has an appearance of brick, tile or stone. The finish is less costly than stone but more expensive than the concrete broom finish. 

Although the material is not limited by climate, concrete doesn’t hold up in areas prone to cold winters. Therefore, the freezing and thawing cycles cause the material to crack over time. 

You have to seal concrete surfaces regularly to make it durable. These chemicals contain harmful VOCs that affects the environment and humans. 

Tile Deck  

The flooring material is not only comfortable to work with and clean but has an elegant look. You should install unglazed tiles because they are safe on the Pool Surround Tiling while glazed tiles should be installed only on bathroom and kitchen countertops because they are incredibly slippery thus unsafe for Pool Surround Tiling. 

Further, there are different tile shapes and sizes. Therefore don’t be limited to square tiles, for you can use other shapes to create a unique look. 

Tiles are easy to install for there are some that are self-adhesive and can stick to any existing surface such as wood, concrete or bare ground.  

Wood 

Wood is a popular material for pool decks because of its eco-friendly and sustainable nature. It’s treated with organic, bio-based liquid which is not toxic and doesn’t contaminate the environment. 

There is no need for sealing treated wood because it will maintain its performance and natural appearance once installed. 

It’s an excellent choice for irregularly shaped landscapes because it can be built off the ground.  

You can stain and seal it regularly to enhance its beauty and prevent damages. 

Composite Wood 

It’s a wood-like material that is made out of plastic-like synthetics. Unlike traditional wood, composite wood does require any maintenance because it doesn’t rot, fade or splinter. Therefore, it will go through the weather cycle without getting damaged. 

The material is available in different colours that make it resemble real wood’s appearance and feel. 

The only difference is that composite wood is more expensive, but because of its low maintenance, then you save money in the long run. 

Pavers 

Pool tiling job done in Adelaide with pool surround pavers

These are stone or concrete bricks that are interlocked with one another and arranged on the sand or stone base. The material is cured before installation to minimize cracking or another type of damages. 

  • They are easy to remove and replace  
  • They have low maintenance  
  • Pavers have several design options, sizes, shapes and colours. 
  • Pavers are economical as compared to other decking materials, and concrete pavers are cheaper than their stone counterpart. 

Pool Deck Installation and Design Tips 

You can install your Pool Surround Tiling or have experts from Adelaide Tilling and Waterproofing do the installation for you. Irrespective of the option you go for, keep the followings tips in mind when installing the pool deck.  

Obtain Proper Permit: It’s essential to notify the local building authority when excavating or installing solid surface. This will help you to observe the community rules and avoid the risk of undoing your decking in the future due to noncompliance.  

Consider the Cost: There is a cost difference between a curved, rectangular and square deck designs. Understanding the three cost will help you to choose the most affordable and stylish pool deck. Again Adelaide Tilling and Waterproofing can help you this for the team of experts will give you an excellent design at a reasonable price.  

The Foundation: Your pool should have a sound substrate. You need to excavate and create a sand and gravel base when installing pavers, poured concrete and bricks. A floor joist foundation is ideal for wood decking and a concrete slab for tiles. 

The slope: You need to factor in the slope when installing brick, poured concrete and paver decking to allow water to drain. On the other hand, the slope is not a big issue when it comes to wood decking because water drains between the boards. Still, the surface should slope away from the pool to protect it from debris, dirty water and leaves. 

A Channel: Building an extensive Pool Surround Tiling enhances the appearance of your exterior. This is a deck that stretches from your home to the poolside. You need to create a channel drain at the middle of the two points to drain away storm rain and minimize water pooling on the deck.  

As stated above, Adelaide Tilling and Waterproofing has a team of experts that can help you with the construction or remodelling of your pool deck. You can also contact them for more suggestion regarding waterproofing your pool deck upon installation.  

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