If you’re dreaming of sunnier days, focus your attention on making improvements to your backyard. Whether you already have a swimming pool or are planning on installing one this spring, an important consideration is what type of pavers you will have installed around the pool. Pavers have aesthetic qualities, but when it comes to providing a safe and comfortable pool for your family and friends, pavers hold even more purpose.
There are three main types of pavers. These include:
You can choose any material you wish, but there are pros and cons to each. Some general questions to ask yourself about each paver type include:
– Are the pavers slippery when wet?
– Are the pavers water resistant?
– Will the colors fade in the sun?
– Will the chlorine/salt water affect the finish?
Stone pavers are naturally found in the Earth, which means you get amazing texture and color. There are a number of sealants that can be used, giving you choices when it comes to making the pavers slip resistant and resistant to chlorine or salt water. By sealing the stone pavers, they will also be protected from the sun and weather elements. The only drawback is that stone pavers are expensive and will need to be resealed. To save money without sacrificing aesthetics, you can opt for stone veneer instead.
Brick is an excellent choice for poolsides because it is unaffected by chlorine and naturally slip resistant. Brick can be costly as well, but since it require less maintenance and sealing, the cost of brick pavers is greatly reduced. Also, the sun’s heat will not damage the bricks. You can, however, seal brick pavers to give them added protection from the sun and pool water.
Concrete pavers are widely popular because of their smooth texture and practical qualities, such as being naturally slip resistant, as well as resistant to chlorine and salt water. In addition, concrete pavers are versatile, durable and cost effective. They do need to be sealed, however, and they don’t vary in color and texture as other pavers do.
Any type of paver will make a nice addition to your pool; you have to keep your personal tastes and preferences in mind. Remember that the purpose of pool pavers is to provide a safe and comfortable place to walk around the pool, so it’s more important to put practicality before aesthetics in this case. Thankfully, there are many options between natural and man-made pavers, giving you a nice range of options.