Tips for Planning Your Pool Deck

If you have a pool, you may have considered several options for making it more usable and attractive. Adding a new deck to your pool area can have a significant impact on your outdoor living space and the visual impact of your pool area. These are tips for planning your pool deck.

Determine Your Needs

Your first step is to determine what kind of deck you want, how large it should be and where it is located. For example, do you want a deck that goes all the way around your pool or just on one side? Do you want it to support furniture, such as lounges or a table and chairs? Write down everything you plan to use the deck for.

You can then work with a professional designer or contractor to create a deck that will meet your needs and fit properly into your outdoor space.

Research Your Local Building Codes

In some communities, you need a building permit to install a new deck. Therefore, visit your local building office to learn about permitting and building code requirements for your deck. Your pool, if it hasn’t been installed yet, will typically require a permit. You may also be required to install security fencing.

Choose Your Decking Materials

Your next step is to choose your decking materials. Because you are building around a pool, you should use slip-resistant materials. You also don’t want your deck to absorb excess heat because you and your family will be barefoot when you walk on it.

You should also consider maintenance. Traditional wooden decks require regular maintenance, including sanding and staining or sealing. However, because they are outside a pool, they will absorb more water and could still rot. They may also splinter, which can cause injury to your bare feet.

Composite decking doesn’t have the maintenance requirements of wood, and it doesn’t splinter or rot like wood products. In addition, it comes in a variety of styles and colors.

You can add comfortable outdoor living space to your pool area by installing a new deck.