Pool-Friendly Patio Materials
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Today's advancements in pool patio materials have eliminated the plain concrete patios so many of us grew up with. Now, a pool patio can dramatically improve your home's landscape design. The choices are endless, but I've covered some of my favorites here. Each has pros and cons, so talk with your contractor or pool designer beforehand so you know what works best for your backyard.
While natural stone is a very luxurious choice for patios, you can cut costs by choosing stone from a local quarry. The native Oklahoma flagstone here was hand cut to match the travertine in the home. This is labor intensive and adds to the total cost, but the result is magnificent.
Stone can be installed various ways, depending on the soil conditions. If the existing soil is clay based, it would be wise to lay stone on a 4-inch concrete slab with steel reenforcement for a sturdy base.
Stone color can vary dramatically, since it's a natural product. Samples can give you an idea of what it will be like, but know that there will be color variations.
Flagstone patios can be installed with ground cover planted in between, as shown in this image. This type of application complements the natural surroundings — but be sure to have the patio slant gently away from the pool to avoid runoff into the water.
Some stone can be installed on a base of compacted stone dust, as seen here.
Cost: $18 to 22 square foot average installed, based on availability of the stone
Customizable in various patterns, stamped concrete can be a great choice for patios. Be careful when choosing your pattern — slippage may be a concern around the pool area if it is a smooth pattern. Stamped concrete also needs to be installed all at once, since it's difficult to match the existing stain in a later addition.
Cost: $8 to $18 and up per square foot
This patio is made of concrete stamped with a slate skin pattern as a more affordable option to natural stone.
Travertine is a high-end custom choice for pool patios. This pool has ivory French-patterned travertine paving. Although some variation in color is to be expected, travertine overall is very consistent throughout.
Cost: $8 to $11 per square foot
Keystone Kool Deck
Keystone Kool Deck comes at a slightly lower cost than other patio materials. It is installed over existing concrete. It comes in various colors, ranging from Aqua to Aztec Gold to Mauve, and the prices does not vary by color.
Cost: $10 to $12 per square foot installed; $3 to $4 per square foot for materials only
Pavers are still a popular choice for homeowners. This pool patio is made with Belgard Mega Bergerac Squares and the Belgard Dublin Cobble.
Cost: $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot (materials only)
The bricks pictured here are full-dimensioned bricks set on a concrete base for permanent stability.
Cost: $7 to $9 per square foot installed
Grass leading up to the pool area looks amazing, but pieces can fall into the pool (especially if children are around), creating more maintenance.
Cost: Varies depending on type of grass — usually about 20 to 30 cents per square foot for sod only
Wood decking is another choice to consider, especially on a beachfront pool. Sand can sift through the wood, which helps with maintenance. If you decide to use actual wood, sealing and seasonal maintenance are musts for longevity and protection from the elements.
Cost: Varies depending on type of wood and availability. A few common choices:
Cons: Can split or rot; regular sealant application is necessary
Composite wood decking gives the look and feel of wood without the maintenance. This lumber alternative combines plastic and wood fibers for a durable but warm material.
Cost: $7 to $10 per square foot (materials only)
Ideabook updated on Aug. 13, 2012.
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