Whether you are grilling dinner, sunbathing or watching young swimmers play in the pool your pool patio will probably be used more often than the swimming pool itself. You want to make sure you take into consideration all the patio options that are available to you. Here are some popular pool patio options, and maybe even some you haven’t considered.
Standard concrete is the most common and affordable patio option for your inground swimming pool. A standard concrete patio is an easy job for most contractors. However, you will want to make sure that a contractor doesn’t mislead you about the process. Pouring a patio around the edge of a fiberglass swimming pool takes some practice and is not for beginners. Don’t be afraid to ask the concrete contractor or pool builder for photos of the projects they have done. If you want to dress up your standard concrete deck, you may want to contemplate doing a small border around the pool. Pool borders are often 10”-14” wide. They can have a dramatic visual effect and enhance the beauty of your pool patio. Many pool borders are done using stamped concrete, pavers, brick or colored concrete but can be hard to match if you ever have a repair. Stamped concrete makes for a stunning pool patio. Stamped concrete is colored and uses a pattern and texture to resemble traditional patio materials like brick, slate, flagstone, tile and wood.
Stamped or Colored Concrete
Concrete has come a long way in recent years. With the addition of colors, your standard gray concrete can now be beige, brick red, slate, safety yellow; just to name a few. Colored concrete is typically less expensive than stamped
Exposed aggregate seems to be making a comeback. Exposed aggregate creates a unique look and surface by washing away the top layer of cement to expose the underlying aggregate. The finished look is similar to a river bed and would go great with a rustic or natural backyard design.
Pavers are available in a variety of colors, shapes, textures and materials. These paver selections can be mixed and matched and laid down in different patterns to create a beautiful pool patio.
Natural stones such as flagstone, bluestone, slate and limestone offer a distinctive style to your backyard swimming pool project. Travertine is one of the most popular stones used around swimming pools because of its cool touch.