Installing an in-Ground Swimming Pool? What Are Your Paving Options?

If you've recently decided to install an in-ground swimming pool in your back or side yard, you're likely excited at the prospect of spending lazy summer days floating in your own oasis. While many standard sizes of fiberglass pools are available, making your size and shape decisions much easier (and less expensive) than custom designs, you may run into a road block when it comes time to choose your pool's surroundings. With surfacing options ranging from wooden or composite decking to paver stones, glass, concrete, and even granite, how can you make the right choice? Read on to learn more about some of the best paving options for your new in-ground pool.

Concrete

Along with being one of the cheapest (by square foot) paving materials available, concrete can be a great option when it comes to surrounding your swimming pool. To install a concrete pool surrounding, you'll need only to stake off the area you'd like to pave when installing your pool. You'll then be able to set a mold, pour in the viscous cement, smooth the surface, and wait for it to fully dry and harden. 

Once the mold stakes are removed, you'll be left with a durable and solid pool patio at a relatively low cost. In fact, depending upon the size of the patio you'd like to create, you may even be able to forgo a cement mixer in favor of mixing this cement yourself with the use of some readily available equipment. 

Concrete's rough surface can also prevent tumbles without requiring you to add traction-control strips or stepping stones to protect passersby while the pool area is wet. And while you may be bored at the thought of plain gray concrete around your brand-new pool, concrete mixes are available in just about every color, allowing you to customize your deck's appearance and even stamp patterns into its surface. 

Paving stones

Another way to add some panache and personality to your pool is to surround it with paving stones in a colorful pattern. To create a paving stone patio, you'll need to do a lot of the same prep work necessary for a paved concrete patio—namely, digging out the area you'd like to be paved and using gravel to level the paving surface before you ever install your first stone. 

These paving stones can be mortared together for extra strength; alternatively, you may want to place all the stones in their proper locations first, then sweep a polymer sand into the open spaces between each stone. Once wetted, this sand will form a cement-like bond, helping keep dirt, debris, and plant material out of the spaces between your pool paving stones. 

Like concrete, paving stones pose several advantages over other types of pool paving materials: they're easily made non-skid, they're available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and they're inexpensive enough that just about any homeowner who can afford an in-ground pool should have no problem funding an added deck or patio area. 

Recycled rubber tiles

If you're always looking for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional options or just like the idea of a springier, softer surface around your swimming pool, you may want to consider recycled rubber tiles. These tiles are made from bits of recycled tires, asphalt, and other rubber-based materials, chopped finely and fused together with a flexible polymer. 

Because these tiles are water-resistant, they're the ideal choice to surround a swimming pool if you'd like to move away from concrete, paving stones, or other harder materials. They're also available in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and even textures, allowing you to perfectly coordinate your patio with your pool and home decor.

To learn more about your paving options, contact companies like Imperial Paving.


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