There are several different options for pool paving that can help to enhance the appearance of the area. Durability, color, and cost of the paving should be considered before making a final decision. Pool paving materials typically include poured concrete slabs and precast concrete pavers. Pool pavers can also be constructed of substances such as brick, travertine, and stone. Stone paving is usually made from granite, limestone, and bluestone.
Poured concrete is the most frequently used material for pool paving. Concrete is a durable material that can be finished in a variety of ways to provide a decorative surface. This material also has a non-slip surface when wet. Concrete can be dyed or stained to many different colors and sealers are also available to protect the surface from the elements. Poured concrete can be used with other paving materials for special designs.
Precast concrete pavers may also be suitable for pool paving. These colorful pavers are sold in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Many different designs are possible by combining multiple shapes and colors. Precast concrete pavers provide the same non-slip surface as poured concrete. Light colored concrete pavers tend to reflect heat better than darker shades.
Natural stone is another pool paving option that should be considered. These pavers are typically constructed of materials such as granite, limestone, and bluestone. Certain types of natural stone paving may absorb heat and be uncomfortable to walk on. Natural stone can also become slippery when wet and may require a special non-slip coating for safety. These pavers are typically set in a mortar base and can be an expensive material for large areas.
Brick is a durable paving material that can be used to design elaborate patterns around a pool. These inexpensive pavers can also be combined with other contrasting materials to form interesting designs. Brick paving may be installed in a sand or mortar base. Sand based installations typically require a sealer to prevent loose base material from washing into the pool. Brick paving generally provides a smooth, natural appearance around pools.
Travertine is also a good material for most pool paving applications. It is more expensive than other materials, but very durable. Travertine paving is made from natural stone and is cut in various shapes. This paving material is typically installed in a sand base with a coat of sealer applied for added durability. Travertine pool paving usually absorbs very little heat and provides a cool walking surface.