The Best Materials for Pool Hardscape

The Best Materials for Pool Hardscape

Till recently, the only option available for pool hardscape was plain concrete patios. However, with the introduction of many new varieties of material like composite wood and natural stone, adding a patio to the pool is no longer a dull affair. Owners who have a concrete patio in place can also change the look by enhancing it with pavers and stamped surfaces. 

It is worth remembering while planning or adding to the hardscape area that safety and durability are as important as aesthetics. An essential part of the design process, planning the hardscape around your pool requires expert advice. 

Decking Made From Composite Wood

A large number of homeowners prefer decking made of wood for its natural beauty. The problem is that wood tends to chip, split or rot over time. Decking made from composite wood offers a similar aesthetic look like natural wood and is far easier to maintain. You could speak to the experts at LiquidAssetsPools.com for eco-friendly and low maintenance options for your pool construction and hardscaping. While decking made from composite wood is resistant to stains and water, it may show signs of sagging and wear and tear over time.

Pool Patios of Natural Stone

A natural stone patio around the swimming pool adds a certain elegance and charm to the area. Natural stone is available in different types and colors and offers many advantages as a hardscaping material around the pool. It should be remembered that natural stone is porous and will require sealing every year to protect it. However, in case there is any damage, the damaged piece can be removed and replaced without disturbing the rest of the patio.

Flagstone – A good choice for pool hardscaping, flagstones are water-resistant and can take heavy wear and tear. Available in earth tones, flagstones do not become slippery after getting wet.

Bluestone – A blue-grey flagstone, bluestone is resistant to water and also does not become slippery when wet making it an excellent choice around the pool area. It also withstands hard use. Bluestone is available in three different textures – uniform, non-uniform and smooth. 

Slate – Highly durable, slate is another type of flagstone. Easy to install, slate can be cut in different ways to create different textures and designs.

Travertine – With colors like brown, gold and ivory, travertine is both beautiful and durable. A distinct advantage of this material is its resistance to heat. This allows the patio surface around the pool to remain cool to touch. It is porous and thus absorbs water very quickly. While this makes it non-slippery when wet, it does require sealing to protect it. 

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Limestone – Its ability to be cut into any shape without breaking or cracking allows limestone to be a very versatile material for creating different designs. Available in pink, blue, brown, gray and many more colors, limestone handles extensive wear and tear and also weathers well.

Stamped Patios and Concrete Pavers

Highly versatile as a material to work with, concrete is also highly durable. Cheaper than natural stone and requiring low maintenance, concrete can be treated in many ways to create different textures and designs. Odd shapes including curves are easier to incorporate with concrete than with any other material. However, sealing is critical as stamped concrete tends to crack. Concrete pavers, on the other hand, are less prone to crack and can be replaced easily. 

Ask the Experts

With a plethora of options available, it is advisable to get in touch with an expert to help you choose the right material and design for your pool hardscaping.

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