A GUIDE TO CHOOSING PAVERS FOR POOL SURROUNDS IN SONOMA COUNTY
When it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor living space, the area around your pool is a perfect candidate for hardscaping. Called the pool surround, deck or decking, hardscaping with pavers can instantly improve the look of your pool area, and up its entertainment value. It will also increase the usability and value of your Sonoma County home.
Using pavers for pool surrounds, and hardscape surfaces in your yard like paths and patios add usable space, improve drainage and help to define your outdoor landscape. Pool surrounds provide a frame around your pool and a safe path around the edge. It’s the perfect space to accommodate poolside furniture and can be an outdoor hub for relaxing and entertaining.
Here are some considerations for choosing the best pavers for pool surrounds and the top choices for materials.
POOL SURROUNDS: WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SHOPPING FOR MATERIALS
While aesthetics are an important factor when choosing your pool surround material, there are other important considerations. Safety, durability, and comfort are all elements that can help you to narrow your choices. Here are some things to think about when shopping:
• Safety is important. The area around your pool will get wet. Any material you choose must not become slippery under regular use.
• Comfort is important. Make sure your paver is not too coarse, bumpy or uneven.
• Make sure you select heat-reflective materials so the decking stays cool on hot days.
• Choose a paver that works with any other hardscaping around your home.
• Think about maintenance. Try to choose materials that are resistant to algae, pool chemicals, acid, mold, and mildew.
Also consider your local laws and guidelines when planning pool surrounds. Many areas require safety fences or barriers be placed around the pool. Make sure to integrate them into your design and consider this when choosing your pool surround materials.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL FOR YOUR POOL SURROUND
Not too long ago, poured concrete was the most popular option when it came to the area around a pool. Today, you have a choice of materials that are safe, durable and will provide comfort in high traffic areas like pool surrounds. Here are some of the most popular choices of Sonoma county homeowners.
BRICK POOL SURROUNDS
Brick has been around for 5000 years and is a proven decking material. Brick is durable and available in colors other than terra cotta, like grey or white. What the drawback to brick pool surrounds is that moss tends to grow on damp brick surfaces and can become slippery when wet, so regular maintenance is essential.
Concrete pavers are an incredibly popular choice thanks to the variety of sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors available. Interlocking concrete pavers are an excellent choice and are designed to resemble other materials like cobblestones, granite, tile or traditional brick. Interlocking pavers offer homeowners the ability to create intricate patterns and textures adding luxury and beauty to their functionality.
Concrete pavers are easy to maintain and replace if they ever get damaged. They’re also a budget conscious choice. Concrete pavers will need a border or frame to prevent shifting.
Nothing looks quite as luxurious and elegant as natural stone. It has natural texture, making it slip resistant and it blends into any landscaping and architectural style. There are many species of stone available, each with its aesthetic properties – including Limestone, sandstone, granite, quartzite, and slate. Stone pavers are available in an assortment of shapes and sizes.
Stone is one of the more expensive choices when it comes to pool surrounds. To keep prices reasonable, try to work with a distributor or hardscaping company that offers a selection of stone that is mined locally. When choosing stone pavers for a pool surround, remember darker colored stones can become hot in direct sun.
CERAMIC AND PORCELAIN PAVERS
Modern manufacturing techniques have given us ceramic and porcelain tile that is exceptionally durable with slip-resistant textured surfaces making them perfect for pool surrounds. Consider unglazed terracotta (Saltillo) or vitreous and waterproof textured porcelain.
Tile is available in a wide variety of colors, styles, patterns, and sizes. Textured ceramic and porcelain tile offers good slip-resistance and can create a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor space if the same tile is used.
Today, you have a wide variety of choices when it comes to outdoor pavers for your pool decking. The best solutions are to work with a professional hardscaping company to help you create a functional design and make sure they are correctly installed. They will also have the knowledge, experience, expertise, and inventory to help you understand your choices and the pros and cons of each material.
If you’re planning on creating a pool surround for your Sonoma County home, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at 1-(866) 287-2837. We can help you design the perfect pool area to meet your family’s unique needs. Our knowledgeable team members are ready to help you create the outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming about!
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