The Best Poolside Material: Natural Stone and Pavers
The area around your swimming pool can be one of the most important parts of your poolscape. While traditionally most in-ground swimming pool decks were made of concrete, new material like natural stone and porcelain pavers have become popular.
What to consider when choosing the right material
Before selecting one specific material, think about the colours, tones and all things related to your backyard and its style — from plants and furniture to architecture.
Pay attention at how sturdy the material is, how much maintenance it will need and how often, the costs associated with maintenance, and how durable the material is when it’s in constant contact with water.
Is the material slippery when wet? Do you live with small children or elderly people who are more prone to have accidents of this nature? Make sure you evaluate safety when choosing the right poolside material.
4. Heat absorption
Pools are usually used in summer — when temperatures are high and the sun shines constantly. Any material left directly underneath the sun will eventually get hot — but some get hotter than others. This is typically tied to the colour of the stone: darker colours absorb more heat.
Coping separates the swimming pool shell from the surrounding surface area and helps protect the pool structure by stopping water from getting behind the pool shell. It’s important to think about whether you’d want the pool coping of the same material as the one you’re using at the edge of the pool or if you want something different.
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Natural stone for patios and paths
Stone is a beautiful, natural-looking material for patios and paths — which gives it the unique feature of enhancing any outdoor landscape. It has enough texture to make it slip-resistant, and stone pavers come in a wide array of shapes and sizes; such as square, rectangle, triangle, and irregular.
There are plenty of varieties to choose from — sandstone, limestone, granite and more. The downsides of natural stone can be permeability and how it’s usually of a dark colour, which makes it prone to absorbing heat rapidly and becoming hot.
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Pavers for paths and patios
Porcelain pavers are a popular type of hardscape for paths and patios. A good alternative to plain concrete, they are designed to resemble cobblestones, granite, tile, or traditional bricks.
They are sturdy and versatile — given they are installed correctly and sealed with a permanent border or frame to prevent shifting. They come in many different materials, sizes, shapes and colours, which provide an infinite number of possible style and pattern combinations for your poolside.
Paver materials for poolside patios include stone and aggregate. Pavers are quite durable and resistant — as they are able to move with the ground, they are less likely to crack in comparison to concrete. In addition, replacements are easy to find and install if a paver ever gets damaged.
When it comes to poolside materials, there are many aspects to be considered, regarding safety, heat absorption, and durability. Contact Armstone today. We’ll guide you around the best pool material to use. Take a look at our products offered here.