The addition of a pool to your outdoor space is an exciting change. The pool is a great source of entertainment for children and adults, be it a place to exercise, or a hangout for your family and friends to get together. The construction of a deck with high-end materials go hand in hand in transforming your pool into an entertaining space at the center point of your yard.
If you’re planning to finish your dream outdoor living area with a deck and pool, deciding on the material will help you create a space that’s lasting and gorgeous. When deciding on which decking material is ideal, think about the following four factors.
1. Moisture resistive material is best for poolside deck
If wood is exposed to humid conditions, it can be susceptible to warping and rotting. Although you may apply a moisture seal on the wood pool decking to shield it from drips and splashes, the decking boards are exposed to constant condensation due to the pool’s water vapor. This type of water may get onto the decking’s bottom boards, which — if the material is made of wood — was sealed when it was installed and cannot be resealed in the future.
The capped bamboo PVC composite board is a solution to this issue. The caps are made of acrylic polymer and cover every surface of these boards against water and damage without the need for sealing or staining. Furthermore, the bamboo-PVC composites that are capped can expand and contract by 25 percent less than other alternatives, meaning you don’t have to be concerned about the effects of water that cause them to shrink or crack. You’ll have decks that have an even appearance and smooth surface for walking even after years of moist exposure.
Some decking materials on pools can get slippery after rain. Resulting in an unsafe walkway for guests and family members. To ensure safety within the vicinity of your swimming pool, choosing a decking product like a top-quality capped bamboo composite, which has been tested to be effective in damp conditions, is one way to go. This material doesn’t just generally appear to be “grippy”, but certain brands also have evidence to support the perception.
When deciding on the most suitable materials to ensure the safety of your pool deck It’s equally important to think about the frame of your deck. The deck that surrounds the pool will include a number of things related to pools (outdoor furniture hot tub, and so on.). The extra weight of these amenities could cause problems for the structural integrity of traditional wooden-framed decks.
The decking frames made of steel provide greater load capacities which means you can include any amenities you’d like and be confident the deck can hold up to its weight. Furthermore, the steel frame profile is resistant to warping and moisture due to extreme temperature changes and humidity, so they’ll remain straight and steady as time passes. This creates an enduring and sturdy deck framing system that ensures pool deck boards remain perfectly flat and smooth beneath foot.
3. Pool decking which does not necessarily need shade
A lot of pools are located in areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, such as on the west or south part of the home. This can result in more refreshing swims in the pool, however, they also put the deck at risk of damaging UV rays that cause the wood deck boards to deteriorate and break up.
Bamboo-PVC composite decking boards are covered with an acrylic polymer, which gives exceptional UV performance. This means that they will not discolor like other PVC products, or see their color eventually change to an unattractive gray as wood can do. It also stops splitting, which means you’ll be completely at ease and secure walking on your deck barefoot.
4. Avoid moss, mildew, and algae on your deck
The moss, mildew, and algae thrive in moist environments such as the ones around a swimming pool. These organisms may find their homes on the uneven surface of deck boards made of wood and require cleaning or chemical treatment to get rid of the algae.
The smooth surfaces of composite boards and resistance to moisture provide an unfriendly environment for mildew, moss, and algae. If you find the presence of any or all of these, they are easily removed with water and soap. There’s no need for harmful chemicals.
What material should you pick for your deck?
The most ideal material for decking your pool will:
- Resist warping and rotting in high-humidity environments
- Make sure you have a firm footing when wet
- Breaking or fading due to long-term UV exposure is not a problem
- Refrain from forming moss, algae and mildew
Making the right decision for your pool side decking material is essential to getting the most longevity and enjoyment out of it. To help you make the best decision for your budget, lifestyle and project needs, feel free to reach out to our team here at Rhino Builders with any questions! Our knowledgeable builders are always happy to help guide you to make the right choice. So when you’re ready to begin creating your own dream oasis by installing a stunning deck around your swimming pool, call us today and we’ll help you get started!