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Paving your pool area is a great way to enhance the appearance of your outdoor space whilst providing a durable, slip-resistance surface.

Whether you’re looking to renovate an existing pool area or starting from scratch, choosing the right pavers can enhance the aesthetics and usability of your space.  A well-presented pool area can also increase the value of your home if you’re looking to sell.

Why choose to pave your pool area

Chalford limestone paving & Wamberal Free Form Walling | Atelier Andy Carson
Chalford limestone paving & Wamberal Free Form Walling | Atelier Andy Carson

Stone pavers are a practical and beautiful way to finish off your pool area. There are several advantages to using paving in this outdoor setting such as:

  • Durability
    Stone flooring is highly regarded for its ability to withstand the pressures of the outdoor environment and everyday use.  Stone naturally patinas over time and unlike some other materials, this only adds to the beauty of the surface.
  • Non-slip finish
    One of the most important factors in choosing a surface around a pool is the slip resistance. There are many stone types that are suitable in wet areas such as a pool or bathroom. These will ensure a high level of safety for people walking or playing around the pool.
  • Cost-effective
    Stone pavers is a cost-effective material due to its long lifespan and durable nature. Stone will also require less maintenance than some other materials.
  • Easy installation & repair 
    Stone is a relatively straightforward product to install and can be repaired easily. If required, pavers can be removed and replaced rather than the entire flooring needing to be pulled up.
  • Versatile 
    There is a large variety of stone types available each coming in their own unique tonal variations and textures. This enables you to create an aesthetic that complements the architecture and interior spaces of your home or to create a look that reflects your property’s era.  Stone pavers are also available in several formats and sizes to suit your style and application.

You can find more tips about choosing the right pool pavers here.

Tips when selecting pavers for your pool area

Crackenback Free Form Walling & Burleigh Day Beds | Koichi Takada Architects & J Group Projects
Crackenback Free Form Walling & Burleigh Day Beds | Koichi Takada Architects & J Group Projects

1. Opt for a lighter colour

Dark colours absorb the heat and that means they’ll be hot underfoot. If your pool area is exposed to the sun, opt for a lighter and denser stone that will remain relatively cool. Just remember too light and you’ll experience a lot of glare.

2. Size matters

When choosing stone, it’s important to consider the size and format of the pavers and how it relates to your pool area. Typically, a larger size paver will make the outdoor space feel bigger, as will a simpler pattern/format.

3. Use a suitable sealant

Poolside is a harsh environment and we expect the surface to work hard. Exposed to chemicals and damaging salts, sealing your stone tiles will ensure your surface’s longevity and keep your pool area looking great.

4. Consider the flow

Before you settle on a stone type for your pool area, consider how well the material flows with other areas of your property including the interior of your home. Carrying one surface or complementary colour tones from inside to out will help form a strong connection between the spaces. For a better result, you’ll also want to consider how well your chosen stone flows with the interior tones of your pool.

5. Treat the verticle too

While you may be focused on the flooring around your pool, it’s important to look at your vertical surfaces too, especially if your pool adjoins a wall or boundary. If you’re renovating an existing pool, it’s a great time to dress your verticles using a complementary material. This may just be what you need to create a visual statement in your backyard.

 

Feature image: Bolzano Crazy Paving | Garden by Michael Cooke Garden Design