Choosing the right pool pavers will not only enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space but will improve its function.
A quality pool paver will be able to withstand the pressures of the exposure to salt, chlorine and other chemicals. It won’t get too hot to walk on or be too slippery under wet feet, and it will be well integrated into the rest of your garden.
Key factors when choosing the right pool pavers
Whatever your design style, there are a variety of pool pavers to choose from. We take a look at a few of the key considerations when choosing pool pavers and some of our most popular stone for this setting.
When selecting a pool paver for your outdoor space, consider how the colour tones work with other elements in your garden from materials to plants. If you’re combining timber decking and stone together, for example, select a complimentary colour tone to create a more seamless transition from one surface to the next.
Consider how the appearance of the stone works with the style of architecture. The aesthetics of crazy paving, for example, may work well around the pool of a 60’s home like the Brower Architecture project above.
A poolside environment can be quiet harsh giving its exposure to salt, chlorine and other chemicals. It’s also a space that’s typically used a lot, so the right pool pavers need to be able to withstand wear and tear from foot traffic and furniture.
The surface finish should be at the top of your list when choosing the right pool pavers for your outdoor space. You’ll need to select a paver that has a non-slip finish to avoid unnecessarily spills. Bluestone in a sawn finish, for example, is much more suitable than a honed paver which becomes very slippery when wet.
4. Heat & Glare
When choosing the right outdoor pool pavers, consider how the surface will feel underfoot on a hot, summers day. As with any material or surface, left in the sun it will eventually get hot, but some stone will be hotter than others. If exposed to extreme sunlight, it is recommended a lighter, denser pool paver be selected. It’s also worth factoring in how much glare you’ll experience. Typically, the lighter colour the stone, the greater the glare.
5. Pool coping
If you’re paving around your pool, you’ll want to consider whether you run the paving along the edge of your pool or use a different material for the pool coping. If you are selecting the one stone, you’ll want to choose a pool paver that not only integrates with the rest of the landscape and appeals aesthetically but performs well. You can read more about pool coping here.
As natural stone is porous, it is important you use the right seal for your pool pavers, especially in such a harsh environment. Stone exposed to salt, chlorine and chemicals could be compromised over time if it has not been sealed correctly. By sealing your pool pavers with the right product, you’ll be protecting its natural beauty and ensuring it’s longevity. It’s recommended you speak with the stone supplier or consult a sealant professional before considering any sealing product. It is important to note, dip sealing pool pavers is now the industry standard.
More about sealing your stone can be found here.
Our most popular pool pavers
There are a variety of different pavers that are suitable for a pool application. For inspiration, some of our most popular pool pavers include:
Travertine is a popular pool paver for its classic aesthetic and durability. The light, warm palettes of the Travertine stones suit both an exterior and interior application and look stunning against a tranquil body of water.
See our Travertine flooring here.
As bluestone is extremely dense and hardwearing, it’s an excellent performing pool paver. It’s also available in a variety of formats from tiles to cobblestones, and finishes with sawn recommended poolside.
See our Bluestone flooring here.
Thanks to its wide variety of colours and textures, limestone is a popular stone for pool paving. From cool greys to warm beiges, the rich patina of limestone adds a sense of age and sophistication to any outdoor area.
See our Limestone flooring here.
A bush hammered finish ensures the granite paver provides a suitable non-slip surface ideal for pool settings. Its grey colour palette offers an elegant aesthetic that marries well with contemporary or traditional architecture.
See our Granite flooring here.
For more advice about choosing the right pool pavers, speak to the team at your nearest Eco Outdoor showroom. More inspiration and advice about pools can be found in the pool section of our Learning Library.
Feature Image: Beauford Sandstone | Design by Fifth Season Landscapes.