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Beautiful ideas for pool decks, using a wide range of decking materials.

Using a power nailer to install a new pool deckPool decks are a great asset to your home, and will give you years of enjoyment with family and friends.

You can use your pool deck for barbecues and outdoor parties, or just for relaxing summer weekends at home with the family.

Pool decks come in an an endless variety of shapes, sizes and styles, and can be built from a wide range of decking materials.

If you’re looking for inspiration, there are plenty of sources of information available online, including decking plans, advice on choosing the best position and orientation, and information on where to find a suitable building contractor near you.

Choosing materials for pool decks.

Choosing the right decking material is probably the most important decision you need to make, because the material will determine the look of the deck, the cost, the amount of maintenance required and the length of the life of the deck.

The choice of materials for pool decks is very broad, and includes natural timber, composite timber decking material, brick pavers, tiles, natural granite or flagstone masonry, poured concrete and exposed aggregate. Each material has its own advantages and drawbacks, and its own individual texture, feel and look. It’s also possible to use a combination of materials, for example brick pavers with a natural masonry border.

The climate of the area in which you live is a very important factor to take into account. Flagstone, sometimes known as bluestone, and brick decks may be unsuitable for very warm climates, or for pool decks which are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods during the day.

Both of these materials tend to heat up to an uncomfortable temperature, and may be dangerous for young children. Antique brick is unsuitable in very cold climates, as it tends to absorb water, and will crack as the water freezes during the winter months.

For information on building a new deck, please read these articles:

Pool deck - safety and stability

Choosing deck materials for your new deck



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