The Great Pool Deck Debate: Concrete vs. Pavers
The debate between pool owners over the last years has been whether to install a concrete pool deck, or a paver pool deck. Pool owners compare many factors such as cost, durability, and attractiveness. Both can look great and be relatively affordable, but which one is for you? We will now look into the pros and cons of paver and concrete pool decks.
Concrete Pool Deck
- Style: There are a large variety of colors and styles to choose from. Concrete prints can also mimic materials such as stone, flagstone and brick that can give it a natural look.
- Durability: Stamped concrete is sealed with a sealant that keeps out pool chemicals such as chlorine or saltwater.
- Cleaning: Because concrete creates a solid surface, concrete decks are easy to clean.
- Heat Reflectivity: Compared to darker pool paver decks that can absorb sunlight and cause the pool deck to be very hot, concrete reflects the sunlight and stays cool.
- Slip Resistant: Compared to pavers, concrete is much less slippery. Concrete decks can be designed to have a texture that causes more friction and be less slippery.
- Cracks: Concrete is almost guaranteed to crack. Cracks in concrete decks are difficult to patch because concrete comes in many subtly different shades, making patches noticeable.
- Underground issues: Any issue underneath the concrete deck, such as plumbing, will be very expensive to fix. It is very important to understand what you are building your deck over.
- Installation: While you should ask a professional to install both kinds of pool decks, you could install a paver deck by yourself. Concrete requires a professional and a concrete mixer to install.
Paver Pool Deck
- Style: There are many different options with pavers. There is also more flexibility with pavers, as they can be taken out if you don’t like them. Concrete is much more permanent once it dries.
- Will Not Crack: Unlike concrete, which is almost guaranteed to crack at some point, a pavers pool deck will not crack if installed correctly.
- Easy to Fix/Add on To: Pavers are very easy to fix because they are installed piece by piece. Any issue is easily fixable by just replacing the individual paver. Pavers can also be easily added on to should you desire something different in the future.
- Easier to Fix Underground Issues: Unlike concrete, underground repairs are not as difficult as the pavers are easier to disassemble.
- Cleaning: As you may be working with smaller pieces with narrow nooks and crannies, cleaning can be more difficult and a power washer might uproot the sand in between the pavers.
- Weeds: Weeds can grow in between pavers.
- Heat: Darker colored pavers can absorb heat and cause the pool deck to be very warm on bare feet.
The cost will differ by which material you use, but generally concrete is cheaper. Pavers could require hundreds to thousands of individual pieces which will impact the total cost.
Want to start a project? Need more help figuring out which material is for you? Contact the pool experts at Pleasure Pools today to build your dream pool! Visit pleasurepoolsno.com or call 985-626-1283 for more information