16230 West Bellfort
Sugar Land, TX 77498


9201 FM 1488 #150
Magnolia, TX 77354

Pool Deck Ideas, Options & Costs

The decking around your swimming pool is what determines how the pool fits into the landscape of your yard.

When looking for pool deck ideas it is essential to note that while one material may be cheaper than another, the end cost will be based upon the size, shape, and terrain of the deck area.

The best pool decking should provide a secure walking area between the pool and areas for lounging. If you’re considering adding some economical pool decking, or more expensive composite pool decking around your pool – or refurbishing the deck that’s already there – here are a few things to consider concerning materials, design, installation, and costs.


Choosing which pool decking material is best for your pool is a vital decision. The building material you choose must not become slippery when wet or absorb excess heat. Swimmers should be able to walk safely around your pool area. Ideally, the deck surface should feel nice under your feet, so have both comfort and safety in mind when choosing pool decking material. Here are several options:

Concrete pool deck ideas

Concrete has been the primary material of choice for pool decking for several decades because it’s durable and water-resistant. When finished with a brushed surface, concrete pool decking allows swimmers to walk barefooted without the risk of slipping. Custom poured concrete and stamped concrete can provide for exact size and shape with a seamless look. When choosing stamped concrete the design and color can be customized at an additional cost.

Pool Decking Pavers

Cement pavers are an excellent alternative to poured concrete and are available in a variety of geometrical shapes, including squares, rectangles, and octagons. The material itself is the most cost-effective. The labor may cost more than concrete depending on the area they will be installed in, however, they are easy to install.


Brick is another surface option. Brick is installed the same way as cement pavers – on top of a bed of sand, which keeps the surface from shifting. Brick is somewhat expensive, depending on the type. Professional installation will be an additional cost. Brick offers a classic appearance, making it an ideal choice for historic homes. The cost of the brick per square foot is more than concrete and pavers.


Wood is another smooth choice that can feel wonderful underfoot. However, not every type of wood is ideal for pool decking. You’ll need an exterior wood, such as redwood, teak, or cedar to repel water. Wood decks require the construction of a floor joist to install the deck boards. Some wood itself is not expensive. The downside of certain cheaper types is that they rot and peel, therefore require regular maintenance. There are also wood composite alternatives available.

Stone Tile Pool Decking

Material like stone tile is available in a variety of natural choices, such as travertine, limestone, and sandstone, lends the landscape a natural look. The unglazed stone tile should be used in a pool setting—glazed tile can be slippery when wet—and for comfort underfoot, choose light shades that won’t absorb too much heat.

Stone tile decking is more expensive than concrete, pavers, and wood. The pricing is more in line with brick.

Travertine pool decking is an ideal surface to consider because it is so resistant to temperature extremes. Even when the stone receives direct exposure to sunlight, it will feel cool to the touch when you walk on it barefoot.

5 Pool deck ideas for inground pools

1. Pool Overlook – connects the deck up above and the pool below

2. Matching Deck and Patio Curve – contour the decking around the shape of the pool

3. Platforms – extend a deck platform right out over and into the pool

4. Secluded Spaces Overlooking Pool – build a deck area that offers privacy

5. Shade Structure – offer a cooler deck area out of direct sunlight

Need help learning more about pool deck ideas, options and costs and looking to hire the best pool deck builders in the business and or build your pool or spa, contact Precision Pools & Spas today!

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16230 West Bellfort, Sugar Land, TX 77498
9201 FM 1488 Suite 150, Magnolia, TX 77354
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