POOL DECK IDEAS TO DESIGN A STYLISH SUMMER ESCAPE

Consider this your splash course.
1. REMEMBER, IT’LL GET HOT
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The first thing to consider when picking a pool deck material? A hot pool deck, plus bare feet, equals major regret. It’s important to look for a material that won’t get too hot, or to put a material that will get hot in a shaded area.
2. COLOR PLAYS A PART
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Regardless of the material, lighter colors are always be better for avoiding the hot-foot.Even if you stain it, certain materials like white-based cement pavers are going to be cooler than a grey-based cement paver.
3. DIRECT WATER AWAY FROM THE HOUSE
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Whether you’re building a pool deck yourself or recruiting a landscaper, make sure you take drainage into consideration. You have to think about where the water is going to go. It’s important to ditch everything to get the water away from the house. Proper drainage preparation is the key to a successful deck.
4. PICK A DECK BASED ON YOUR LOCALE
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Your choice of material may be dictated by geography. “Up north where there are elevation changes, wood decks are great because they are an inexpensive way of creating a level area,” says Congdon. “In a place like Florida, however, everything is already so flat that it would be cost-prohibitive.”
5. CHOOSE WOOD CAREFULLY
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Wood can add a relaxed aesthetic to your pool deck, but varies greatly in price. You can do a regular wood deck, but it’s not going to have a high-end look, so it depends on what you’re after.
6. SEE THE FUTURE
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the best installation may also be the most expensive — but it could be worth it depending on how long you plan to use the deck for. Consider this a good rule of thumb: If you see yourself wanting to move out or redesign your pool area in the next five years, your money is better spent on maintaining a less expensive deck, but if you envision yourself in this for the long haul, committing the cash for a deck that you can enjoy for years to come will be more efficient in the long run.
7. LAY A STRONG FOUNDATION
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As for longer-wearing decks, maximizing your years of use starts with crack prevention. The best thing you can do is a concrete base with a crack suppressant, then mud set a travertine or other material on the top. That’s going to be the most solid, low-maintenance deck, but it’ll be about four times the expense per square foot of the standard sand-set paver.
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