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Pool Decks: Concrete vs. Pavers

Concrete pool decks are a popular choice since they can be molded into virtually any shape and design, and maintenance is as simple as hosing them down (whereas with wood decks, you have to reapply stains annually). 

Concrete pool decks can become cracked and unsightly over time, though. Unfortunately, cracks in concrete are difficult to get rid of. Even professional repairs might not solve the problem, as cracks often return.

Concrete pavers can make a good alternative. They can be set (on top of a bed of sand) on top of your existing concrete deck. Laying concrete pavers on sand allows movement as the ground settles. This makes concrete pavers less susceptible to cracking. Also, if a paver does crack, it's easy to fix because you only need to replace that paver instead of worrying about the whole deck.

The nice thing about concrete pavers is that they come in a wide variety of colors (generally ranging from whites and grace to traditional reds, though specialty shops may be able to do other hues), so it's easy to make them fit your backyard decor. Concrete pavers also coming numerous shapes such as rectangles, cobblestone, and various interlocking patterns. You can even hire a "paver professional" to give you a custom pattern. If you fancy yourself a do-it-yourselfer, you can also find molds to make concrete pavers.

Sites with more information (links open in a new window):

The Concrete Network Talks About Swimming Pool Decks
Information and Example Pictures of Concrete Pavers
Where to Buy Molds to Make Concrete Pavers

 

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