What are the Best Materials For A Pool Hardscape

 In Backyard Living, Outdoor Patio, Pool Area

With the wide variety of options available for the hardscape of a pool area, plain concrete patios are becoming a thing of the past.  From natural bluestone to composite wood, homeowners can achieve a look that matches their style seamlessly.  For those who prefer a concrete patio, stamped surfaces and pavers can update this material and give it a more stylized look.  Safety, durability, and aesthetics are the main considerations when planning your hardscape area.

Natural Stone Pool Patios

Available in a range of colors and types, a natural stone hardscape offers the advantages of being durable and lending a sophisticated appeal to the swimming pool area.  Since natural stone is porous, it should be sealed yearly to protect it from chemicals and weather.  If individual stones do become managed, this type of patio can be repaired by replacing them without disrupting the entire patio.

  • Bluestone hardscaping is a blue-gray flagstone that stands up well to hard use. As it is non-slip and resistant to water, it is a good choice for swimming areas.  Blending in well with the natural landscape, bluestone is available in uniform, non-uniform, and smooth textures.
  • Flagstone is available in warm, earth-tones. As with bluestone, all types of flagstone create a non-slip surface that is resistant to hard wear and water.
  • Slate is another type of flagstone that is highly durable. Installation of slate is easy, and the material can be cut in different ways to create a custom look.
  • Travertine is a hardscape material that is as beautiful as it is durable. Colors include ivory, brown, and gold.  One of its distinct advantages is its resistance to heat, providing a cool surface for swimmers and patio loungers.  The porous nature of travertine causes it to absorb water incredibly quickly, which provides a non-slip surface.  It also stands up well to weather changes and won’t crack when it freezes and thaws.
  • Limestone is available in multiple colors including pink, brown, blue, and gray. Since it can be cut in many shapes and sizes, it is an easy stone to work into virtually any design.  It holds up well to hard wear and weather changes.

Concrete Pavers and Stamped Patios

Concrete is a highly versatile and durable hardscape material that is low maintenance.  Less expensive than natural stone, concrete can be textured, stamped or treated in other ways to resemble it, making it a good option for homeowners seeking to save money without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.  Since any shape can be achieved with concrete, it is easier to incorporate curves into your hardscape design with this material.  Proper maintenance and sealing is critical as stamped concrete has a tendency to crack.  Concrete pavers tend to crack less and can be more easily replaced.

Composite Wood Decking

Wood offers an unsurpassed natural beauty to many homeowners, but it has a tendency to split and rot over time. Composite wood decking afford much of the same aesthetic appeal as natural wood but is easier to maintain. Eco-friendly options incorporate recycled materials. Resistant to water and stains, composite decking may show signs of wear such as sagging over time.

Planning the hardscape that surrounds your luxury swimming pool is an essential part of the design process.  Discuss the options with your designer to determine the best option for your outdoor living area.

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