If you have an in-ground pool, and don't have it surrounded by a pool deck, you are probably dealing with quite a mess - mud, grass, and other debris can be tracked in to the pool, dirtying the water and leading to a maintenance nightmare.
This is why it's so important to build a proper pool deck, and picking the right material to use is the first and most important step in this process.
This quick pool paving information article will give you the basics about what material to use when it comes time to build (or rebuild) your pool deck.
It goes without saying that loose stone is out of the picture - not only is it uncomfortable, but the stones can easily be kicked into the pool. How about asphalt? This is a huge potential mess too, as the hot sun could make it ooey-gooey, leading to a big mess. Plus, the black asphalt will get super hot and be very uncomfortable for people's bare feet.
What about concrete? This is the first good option we've discussed, as it is strong enough to withstand the rigors of being poolside but while also providing comfort against heat and slip-resistance, an important ingredient when kids are rough housing around the pool.
But is concrete truly the best option? The one main problem you may have with concrete is cracking, especially if you live in the northern regions of the planet, as the ground beneath it will freeze, putting pressure on the slab above and potentially cracking and damage it. Plus, concrete is just boring to look at.
That's why the best material to use for your pool project is concrete pavers. I could go on and on about the benefits of the material - it has all the strengths of concrete with none of the weaknesses, as it will withstand the freeze-thaw cycles that so doom normal concrete. For more information on this material, check out the Concrete Pavers Guide.