Your dream pool is more than just a wonderful place to swim. For most homeowners, a backyard swimming pool serves multiple purposes, from relaxation and enjoyment to entertainment and atmosphere. At Riviera Pools, we know that your pool surrounds are of utmost importance to creating the ideal environment you envision for your property. Landscaping can contribute to a lush scenery, and retaining walls, lighting, and water features are influential as well. But a simple way to take your pool to the next level is with its decking.

There are endless variations for pool deck styling and design, and multiple options for decking material. Materials should be chosen based on their aesthetic potential, but as you plan for your pool deck, be sure to take into consideration safety, non-slip surface, and comfort. Let’s take a look at six great types of pool decking material that are popular and highly recommended for your Sydney swimming pool.

1. Concrete

Because we specialise in concrete pools here at Riviera, a simple solution for your poolside decking is to utilise the very same material. Poured concrete is often a more cost-effective option than other alternatives. Concrete can take on a variety of forms, however, to ensure visual appeal and diversity. Consider stamped concrete to add texture and patterns, tinted finishes, or pre-fabricated concrete pavers.

2. Timber

Timber decks are much loved by property owners, because they instill a natural-looking element into the pool design. Wood decking looks attractive and its high heat resistance makes it comfortable on bare feet—both important considerations for decking materials. As a complement to an overall outdoor design, timber can be a great choice, available in many colours and grains and with options for staining. This material typically requires waterproofing (although some types of timber are less permeable) and regular maintenance to keep the deck looking fresh.

3. Brick

Brick is a classic, sophisticated choice for pool deck material. The uniformed appearance of brick decking can add value to your pool—and to your property, as a result. Using brick/concrete pavers is generally a more expensive material cost and a more time-consuming installation process, but the finished outcome is durable and resistant to cracking. Stamped concrete is another potential way to achieve this same look if your budget is more modest or you prefer the advantages of concrete.

4. Tile

Tile is one of the most beautiful options for pool decking, as it creates a sleek, elegant look for your outside areas. Unglazed ceramic tiles are the preferred style, proving more affordable and less slippery when wet. Because tile comes in many colours, designs, and looks, the customisation possibilities with a tile pool deck are inviting. Although tile may need grout maintenance every few years, it is a durable decking material definitely worth considering.

5. Stone

Stone is a much-loved type of pool decking, usually incorporated in the form of flagstones. Flagstones have plenty of flexibility—they can be integrated with concrete to create a seamless, flat surface, or placed separately to give space between them, such as to allow for plant growth. For those seeking a unique pool deck without concern for uniformity will love the special touch that stone can give.

6. A Combination

In truth, most swimming pool decks are a specialised combination of multiple materials. Your pool and its surrounds should boast the ideal look you’ve been envisioning, and combining a range of materials can allow you to achieve your dream aesthetics. Your expert Sydney pool builder can assist you in choosing the very best decking materials to enhance your property, and to ensure your pool looks great and functions beautifully for your family.

Let’s get swimming! Contact the friendly team at Riviera Pools today for all the details on building a fantastic new addition to your home.