Many homeowners install some kind of platform around their swimming pools. This creates a comfortable place to relax on lawn chairs in the sun. It also serves as a clean, dry spot to get out of the pool and dry off. Pavers and decking are a popular choice when building a new pool or upgrading one you already have in. So which approach is the better option for your backyard project?
Installing a Patio Around Your Pool
Swimming pool patios are usually made of vinyl or wood. Both materials can be durable, but they come with a few drawbacks. They require a support system to lift them off the ground. Moisture can be a concern, especially when using wood which may rot over time if not properly treated and repaired as needed.
Cost will vary based on the building material chosen and the size of the pool deck. Some may be as little as $6,000 while others may be as high as $12,000. Timber usually costs more, adding approximately $2,000 to $5,000 onto the price.
Installing Swimming Pool Pavers
Pavers are convenient when you want a platform that is close to the ground. They require no elevated support system because they sit directly on the ground. If you need or want some elevation, then the deck may be the better choice because it can be built a story or 2 up if needed. Pavers, on the other hand, are easier to install and cost less overall.
If you choose to install a patio with pavers, you could pay as little as $15 per square foot depending on materials used. Patios will require a level space, so excavation may have to be done if your yard slopes or is uneven.
Should You Choose a Patio or a Deck?
The answer relies entirely on your budget and needs. If you want something that’s raised, a deck may be a better option. If you want something that can survive the elements and added moisture of the swimming pool, then pavers are a smart choice. The average return on investment for a deck is slightly higher than it is with a patio, but that only matters if you plan to sell your home.
Both will add value, and both can make your living space more comfortable. If you need inspiration, stop by ABC Brick’s brand new Arundel showroom to see pavers and stone that will look great around your swimming pool!