Out of all the structures you can put around pools, installing a deck is one of the easiest ways to add more aesthetic appeal (and function) to the area. For the best results, a pool is typically built before any decking construction beings. Opting for the other way around means you pose a threat to the wood and the post footings.
The best part about installing a deck is that you can ultimately choose the purpose and setting for it according to your lifestyle. From incorporating lighting through to adding in seating – you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to your intentions. But if you’re still weighing up on whether building one is the right path to take, in this article, we’ll uncover the pros and cons of having a decking around pools, and discuss some of the misconceptions.
THE BENEFITS OF POOL DECKING
- A properly constructed and designed wooden deck can take your pool into consideration and blend both aesthetics seamlessly together. You’ll end up with a single entity rather than it looking like two separate elements, creating a highly modern and sophisticated look for your space.
- Wooden decking offers safety for younger children, especially when alternative services can be highly slippery.
- You can easily add in a shaded pergola, seating, lighting, and other elements during construction, or after the decking is installed.
- The cost is usually recuperated by adding value to your home (perfect if you’re looking to sell later down the track).
- Pool decking has mass appeal; you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t like the look and feel these structures offer, which can also give you a real competitive edge on the real estate market.
- You have the freedom to get creative with the If you want to incorporate steps and other elements, this can all be included.
- The gaps between the wood mean that it easy to keep tidy and you won’t be stuck with a wet surface for long periods of time.
- Pool decking is an easier option if your home has a sloping block, as you won’t need to level any soil for it to be installed.
- You can sweep down the surface to get rid of any dirt.
THE CONS OF POOL DECKING
- As wood is a natural element, it does need to be oiled and cared for at least once every 12 months to keep it in a healthy condition. Our experts can also help you rejuvenate tired-looking surfaces that need a little more TLC.
- The initial outlay can be more expensive than cement or pavers; but as you can choose from a variety of timber options and other alternatives, the cost is mostly in your hands.
- The decking needs to be installed properly for you to get the most out of it. If the supports are not built properly you may end up with a ‘bouncy’ deck. The boards themselves need to be installed the correct way up (ridges down). However, hiring a specialist team (like Addon Pergolas) will make sure this is not a problem.
While there are a few cons with installing pool decking, they are far outweighed by the benefits. If you have a pool and are considering installing one of these designs, free to give us a call and we’ll happily walk you through your options.