Get a jump on 2021 backyard pool fun now: Tips from EP Henry

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Homeowners dealing with changed or canceled summer plans due to the coronavirus outbreak have been turning to their own backyards for fun in the sun. For those who have decided that having a decked-out pool is a worthwhile investment for their family future, summer is surprisingly the best time to make decisions and line up contractors.

Homeowners dealing with changed or canceled summer plans due to the coronavirus outbreak have been turning to their own backyards for fun in the sun. For those who have decided that having a decked-out pool is a worthwhile investment for their family future, summer is surprisingly the best time to make decisions and line up contractors.

According to Richard Bell, President of Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers & Pools based in Lewes, Delaware, it’s not too early to plan for a new pool and/or new decking around an existing pool for next season. Pent-up demand combined with production delays due to COVID-19 has caused a backlog of project orders for many contractors.

“Pool manufacturers are saying they’ve never seen so many orders; they’re up 200 percent,” he says. “Everyone is booked up, and we’re seeing production delays of four weeks or more. It’s actually smart to plan ahead and book a contractor to start a build at the end of this season. That way you’ll have your project done so you can enjoy your pool and deck for the entire season next year.”

When it comes to creating the ideal pool deck, today’s contractors often recommend using pavers instead of poured concrete.

“If you need to fix a broken pipe or other underground problem, it’s a lot easier to lift up individual pavers for the repair and simply put them back down,” notes Bell, whose Hardscaping and custom in-ground fiberglass pool company is celebrating 25 years in business. “With a concrete pool deck, you have to saw cut and remove the concrete to gain access and then re-pour new concrete in its place, leaving a patch job that doesn’t match. And concrete is eventually going to crack no matter what you do.”

According to the experts at EP Henry, pavers are superior to poured concrete around pools because the joints take on moisture, leaving the pavement cooler to bare feet. They provide a slip-resistant walking surface and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

“Lighter colors don’t get as hot as darker ones, so our clients usually stick to light earth tones or gray,” adds Bell. “And larger pavers are more popular these days. We get a lot of orders for Bristol Stone and Chiseled Stone in the larger sizes. The number-one choice for our clients is Old Towne Cobble.”

EP Henry experts recommend using a contractor with experience installing pool deck pavers to ensure that all proper steps are taken from base preparation through installation of paving stones, including drilling in special anchors to accommodate safety covers.

About EP Henry
EP Henry is the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America. Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of Hardscaping paving stone and retaining wall products, including ECO pavers and their new line of ColorTech™ integrally sealed paving stones offering advanced protection and enhanced color. EP Henry also offers outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions, design ideas and more to homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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