These are the dog days of summer. And with the extra heat and humidity, you’re probably enjoying your pool every chance you get (or dreaming of installing one next year). If so, you may want to consider some deck options that will make your poolscape more versatile and fun.
More shade – Forget that skimpy table umbrella. You and your guest can enjoy more shade with a roofed deck around your pool. Covered decks also give you temporary shelter from showers that are happening almost daily here in SE Pennsylvania.
Sundeck around your inground pool – A well designed pool area can include a patio or sundeck that conforms to the shape of the pool and provides more usability. Start by considering the activities you can do there, such as a place to entertain or enjoy time with family. Regarding the materials you can use, the sky’s the limit. Popular options include stamped concrete with a slip-resistant additive as well as hardscaped patios. You can also incorporate small “oases,” i.e., areas with plants that help your pool blend seamlessly into your surrounding property. A deck professional can help you select the design and materials that fit your budget and taste.
Decks for above ground pools – According to Popular Mechanics, there are 3.5 million above ground pools throughout America, and nearly 200,00 new ones are installed each year. Having an elevated deck around the pool makes it easier to access (no ladders to climb up) and provides an outdoor living space that can accommodate lounge chairs, plants and other attractive features. And since safety is always important, you’ll want a code-approved gate for secure access.
Food and beverages close by – Many homeowners choose to have a deck with an outdoor kitchen and grill by the pool. Nice add-ons such as a small bar area with a mini fridge and ice-maker will assure you and your guests have easy access to snacks and drinks. And features like a table and built-in seating mean you and your guests can go from pool to table (and back again) all day long.
Swimming with the stars – Is there anything more wonderful than a cool dip on a summer night? Guardrails accented with LED lights can gently illuminate your deck while providing safety for your kids and guests.
Summers are short, so you want to take advantage of every minute. And you’ll get more pleasure from your pool if it’s surrounded by a well-designed outdoor space customized to your needs and preferences.