Tips for designing a pool deck include selecting the appropriate deck for the pool, determining the purpose for the deck and choosing the right materials. Homeowners often design decks for above-ground pools out of wood or composite materials, while in-ground pools work well with concrete, stone or tile decks.
With an above-ground pool, a small deck on one side can provide easy access to the water, while a larger deck provides room for seating and enjoying the sun. Choices for the larger deck include building on one side of the pool or surrounding it with a wooden structure, giving the area a finished look.
Choosing the appropriate location for the pool makes deck design easier. By leveling a spot for the pool on sloping ground, it is possible to provide a deck that gives swimmers access without needing to climb up a ladder or stairs to reach the water. However, with this type of deck, owners must provide a way to prevent young children from entering the water without supervision.
While wood is a common choice for decks, pool owners sometimes benefit from choosing other materials. Composite decking offers rot resistance. Prefabricated aluminum decks offer a quick installation. For in-ground pools, concrete decks require very little maintenance.