Designing the Ideal Pool Deck

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The ideal pool deck should strike a perfect balance between form and function, serving as a visually stunning gathering place while also providing a safe surface for (wet) foot traffic. As a result, there’s a lot to consider when designing your pool deck. This short guide will explore a few of the most crucial considerations.

Size

The size of your pool deck is ultimately determined by the size of your pool. There’s no exact formula here, however: Just as you probably wouldn’t build a foot-wide path around your pool, you probably wouldn’t build a deck the size of a parking lot.

Ideally, your pool deck should surround most of the pool while also providing space for additional walkways (such as to and from the house) and any patio/sitting areas you’d like to have. Again, size is determined by both the size of your pool and, perhaps most importantly, how you’ll plan to enjoy it.

Appearance and Aesthetics

Just like with size, your pool will help determine the aesthetics of your deck. An above-ground pool, for example, will likely require a raised deck surrounding it, which will probably connect to a new or existing deck extending off your house. By contrast, an in-ground pool often utilizes a patio-like deck surface.

In any case, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the appearance of your pool deck. While you should try to match both the house and your landscaping, many pool decks can serve as an aesthetic foundation for your entire property. As a result, you should be careful to consider the appearance of your deck, knowing that it will easily become a focal point!

Materials and Durability

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While the materials you use are ultimately determined by the type of deck you’ll build, you still have plenty of options with each type. For example, an above-ground pool deck is almost always built from a wood (or synthetic) decking material, but this category ranges from natural wood to waterproof decking material.

By contrast, most patios and low-lying decks are built from stone, bricks, and other masonry materials. However, many homeowners are switching to waterproof decking materials for low decks due to their ease of installation and maintenance.

Weather Considerations

Local weather patterns and seasonal changes are extremely important to consider when designing your deck. While Californians enjoy great weather year-round, those in colder areas should consider cold- and weather-proof decking materials and designs. This consideration often rules out natural wood, which can shift and warp with changes in temperature and humidity.

In any case, however, rain-proofing and waterproof deck coatings are essential for protecting your investment from long-term damage.

Maintenance

Finally, the design of your deck should minimize maintenance over time—something which is mostly dependent on your choice of materials and surface treatments. Regardless of where you live, your pool deck will see a lot of water and moisture, whether it’s from the pool water or the weather.

To minimize your deck’s maintenance over time, use pool deck coatings and waterproof decking materials.

Using a Professional Service

Whether you’re using natural wood or a waterproof deck material, a waterproof deck coating can help improve the longevity and durability of your new pool deck. For more information on our deck coating services, call our team at 424-339-0953.

Live by the Beach? These 7 Home Upgrades Prevent Environmental Damage

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It’s wonderful to live by the beach, but the beach can take its toll on your property over time; salty sea spray, changing tides, and powerful storms can wear away and corrode your property. As a result, you’ll need to be extra vigilant when it comes to protecting your beach property from the elements.

Here are seven ways you can help your property stem the tide of time—and, of course, the tide itself!

Elevate the Building

While elevating your entire property might not be an easy task if it’s already built, it’s a great option for new properties—and, at times, a necessary option for existing ones. As water levels slowly rise around the world, many beachfront properties are at risk of being flooded by unusually high tides and storm surges.

In most cases, elevating a building requires elevating the base through strong piles, usually made from either steel or concrete. As most beachfront homes don’t have foundations, it’s usually possible to elevate an existing property.

Use Weatherproof Paints and Finishes

Weatherproof paints and finishes are among the most effective means of protecting your property from the ocean environment, particularly salty sea spray. Paints and finishes act as a sort of “barrier” between corrosive elements and your property’s structure, which can help significantly to prolong life.

However, waterproof paints and finishes need to be replaced regularly—the salty air and ocean water have to corrode something, after all! Be on the lookout for signs of worn finish or, if your property isn’t already painted or finished properly, be sure to apply the right finishes as soon as possible.

Put Covers on Your Furniture and Store Your Belongings

Your home isn’t the only thing that can be damaged by the ocean air: Your outdoor furniture and belongings can be too! Unfortunately, unlike your property, outdoor furniture usually doesn’t have the same corrosion-resistant finishes.

As a result, be sure to put covers over outdoor furniture and secure unused belongings in secure locations. Doing so will not only protect these things from corrosion but also help keep them secure and undamaged during major storms.

Use Corrosion-Resistant Hardware

When most people think of weatherproofing, they immediately think of larger surfaces such as siding and framing. While these components are crucial to your property’s structural stability, the hardware holding it all together—nails, screws, and so on—are easily ignored. Worst of all, it’s the hardware that keeps everything held together!

Be sure to select hardware that is weather- and corrosion-resistant, such as that made with galvanized metals. Unlike hardware in plain steel or iron, galvanized hardware won’t rust or corrode in the presence of salt or water.

Keep Up with Regular Maintenance

Even the strongest materials and finishes wear down over time, especially those used in beachfront homes. Nothing on your property is permanent; nearly everything will have to be replaced at one point. The key to keeping your property in top shape is to regularly maintain surface finishes and fittings and, perhaps most importantly, replace damaged areas as soon as possible.

Deck Waterproofing

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Most beachfront homes have large decks, and for good reason—they’re usually the best place to enjoy the ocean view! Unfortunately, with their large, exposed surface areas, decks usually endure most of the damage from sea air, water, and storms.

One way to keep your deck in top shape is to invest in a waterproof deck coating. For more information on deck waterproofing solutions, call our deck treatment specialists at 424-339-0953.