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There are some key things to consider when choosing product for a pool. See our top tips and natural stone recommendations below.

Key tips when choosing product for a pool

Is it a salt water pool?

Some sandstones and limestones are less suitable to be used around a salt water pool. Our Product Testing Chart details slip resistance and resistance to salt attack which can help when selecting what stone to use around a salt water swimming pool.

A preventative measure that we always recommend is sealing the stone. This is particularly necessary for limestones and sandstones around salt water swimming pools and will help to protect it when subjected to water, sun and heavy use.

choosing product for a pool

What will fit with the design overall?

When choosing product for a pool it’s important to consider the overall design.

Is the design of the home contemporary or more traditional in style? A travertine or sandstone in a sandy colour variation provides a more traditional and Provincial style, while bluestones and split stones, with their sleek grey colour palette, offer a more modern and contemporary look and feel.

choosing product for a pool

What coping style are you looking for?

Different coping can bring a completely different look and feel to a swimming pool. In addition, certain types of coping are required for different types of pool designs. For example, a smaller pool will require a smaller coping unit.

choosing product for a pool

Is it a new pool build or is an existing pool renovation?

This is an important consideration that will dictate (to a certain extent) what product can be used. For example, a smaller sized coping unit and a crazy paving format will work best when dealing with tight curves such as those found around kidney pool designs.

choosing product for a pool

TOP STONE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE AROUND A SWIMMING POOL

ALWAYS

GRANITE

SPLIT STONE

TRAVERTINE

SOMETIMES

PORPHYRY CRAZY PAVING

[You won’t be able to shape Porphyry crazy paving like you can Sandstone but it can work well around curved kidney-shaped pools]

TRAVERTINELIMESTONES

[Is it a salt water pool? Will you need dip sealing?]

FOREST GRANITE

[Not if a salt water pool]

BE CAREFUL

SANDSTONE

[Is it a salt water pool? Is dip sealing an option]

ANYTHING HONED

[Will be far to slippery]

Looking for some more advice regarding pool design, installation and maintenance? Explore the pool section of our Learning Library.

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