Which is Better for Pool Decks – Concrete or Pavers?

A pool deck with three poolside chairs and a small tableWhen it’s time to get a new pool deck, the two main choices are concrete and pavers. Some pool and deck construction companies only use one or the other, so it’s a good idea to understand the pros and cons of each before hiring a pool contractor. So which is right for your needs?

The short answer is pavers. Concrete will almost inevitably crack – especially in hot areas such as Texas. Before hiring a pool contractor, it’s a good idea to understand the pros and cons of concrete and pavers so that you can hire a contractor that uses the kind that you prefer.

Concrete Decks

Concrete is generally what pool builders use when they build pool decks. It comes in different colors, surfacing, and textures, and can easily be shaped to fit yard dimensions as desired.

Concrete decks in Texas will almost always crack. The factors that often cause concrete to crack include:

  • Drying too fast. If you get the concrete poured during the hot months of the year, it is very difficult to prevent an outdoor deck from cracking.

  • Rapidly changing temperatures. Texas is incredibly prone to temperatures going from 30 degrees to 90 in a single day, or having other rapid weather changes along those lines. This is very bad for concrete decks.

  • Conditions that are too wet or too dry. Texas often has long periods of drought and then several days of heavy rain which leads to flooding. Neither of these are good conditions for concrete decks.

These are just a few of the common conditions in Texas which are bad for concrete decks.

You should note, however, that these problems do not apply with concrete pools. Concrete pools are installed differently than concrete decks and are more protected from the elements.

Another issue with concrete decks is that if you want to change the backyard again, the cement literally has to be jackhammered up and carried out.

The Benefits of Pavers for Deck Surfacing

Unlike cement, the fundamental nature of pavers is that they are put together from individual, smaller units.  Pavers come in a variety of shapes, types, and colors – far more varieties than anything mixed or stamped in cement.

The cost of paving is usually somewhere between $16 to $24 per square foot. Unlike cement, however, pavers are very easy to repair, remove, and replace where damaged, and that can be big cost avoidance down the road. Most pavers can be carried out by hand and replaced in a matter of minutes.

Pavers have a lot of texture, which helps to prevent slipping when wet – a common problem with concrete. That leads to less injuries and more fun in the backyard during the warmer months of the year.

Given the above, the choice of pool walking area surface is going to be an individual preference, but pavers make a real good argument overall. Pavers will inevitably last much longer and do not have the cracking problems of concrete. Furthermore, you have a lot more options with pavers.

Summerhill Pools uses pavers as the preferred option when they build pool decks. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and are looking to get a new pool or pool deck installed, contact Summerhill Pools today.