4 Tips for Planning Your Pool Deck by EP Henry

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When planning a pool project, homeowners often make the mistake of not properly planning for the space around the pool, the pool deck.

When planning a pool project, homeowners often make the mistake of not properly planning for the space around the pool, the pool deck.

The thought of a refreshing plunge often overtakes the practical considerations of a pool’s design. While the water depth, the heating, the accessories like slides or features like waterfalls are important considerations, the pool decking will get the most use.

Homeowners may not realize that over 70% of their pool time will be spent on the pool deck and not in the pool itself. The deck is the most relevant investment in the pool’s design because it will get the most use. Here are 4 expert tips for planning a pool deck.

1. Measure the furniture first

Two lounge chairs could require 50 to 60 square feet of deck, allowing for space in between the pool and extension space behind the chairs. For a table with 6 chairs 144 square feet of space would be a comfortable allocation. Lounge sets, storage bins for pool accessories, and fire pit areas all need to be measured and planned as part of the pool’s overall master design.

2. Plan the walkways

At the bare minimum, a walkway or path can be 18 inches wide. For pool areas, walkways should be at least 24 inches in width. Walkways from the home to the pool aren’t necessary but installing stepping stones or a paver walkway may help cut down on the amount of grass in the pool water or the home.

3. Plan for crowds

Shallow ends of pools get 90% of the activity. That area of the pool deck should be kept clear of furniture for the sake of safety. There should be ample space for multiple swimmers to enter and exit the pool at the same time.

4. Choose the right pavers

It’s good to keep in mind the bare feet of family and guests. Darker pavers will absorb and hold more heat than lighter pavers. Smooth or lightly textured pavers will be more comfortable underfoot than those with more aggressive textures. Pavers have great slip resistance; texturing for pool pavers is not as much of a concern as it might be with another decking needs.

Patio decks can always be expanded. Pool decks need to be planned and installed with the pool. By keeping these points in mind, a homeowner and designer can plan a pool deck that will suit the family’s needs.

About EPHenry®

EP Henry®, the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America, provides the highest quality and broadest product offerings in Hardscaping(™). Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of paving stone and retaining wall products, including permeable pavers which are a best management practice (BMP) for stormwater management. EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions and more. For more information on EP Henry Hardscaping products, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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