Important Considerations When Choosing A Suitable Paver For Your Pool Area

Pavers that can be used specifically for building an outdoor poolside area, are referred to as “Pool Pavers”. Not only do these pavers enhance the look of your pool side area, but also ensure your family’s safety when using the swimming pool.

When deciding which are the best pavers to use around your pool area, there are many considerations that should be made, including:
- Are the pavers slip resistant?
- Will the pavers compliment the colour and style of your pool area?
- Your tolerance for future maintenance and ease of repair?
- What is your budget? This will obviously dictate which materials you can consider.
- Do you have a salt water pool? If so, the salt resistance of pavers needs to be considered
- What sealant is the most suitable?

Below I have summarised the three most common types of pool pavers available on the market and the pros and cons for each;

Concrete Pool Pavers

This is the most popular material among pool owners. They offer many qualities that make them a great choice for paving your pool side area. Not only are they chlorine and salt resistant, making them durable and appropriate for salt water pools, but are the most affordable of the three most common types of pool paver and can come in a range of shapes and colours to help you achieve your desired look for your pool side area.

However, due to the smooth surface of concrete pavers, it is necessary to seal them to ensure that they are slip-resistant and safe. Sealing the pavers will also ensure that the paver joint/cement doesn’t wash into the pool and cause pump abrasion or the development of harmful bacteria.

Brick Pool Pavers

Pool pavers constructed from brick are more expensive than their concrete counterparts. Despite this, brick remains a very popular choice for pool side paving due to a number of endearing characteristics.

Brick paving can add a unique look and character to your pool area, while also providing greater safety than concrete pavers. Not only are they chlorine resistant, but their relatively rough surface makes them slip resistant. However like concrete, it essential to seal brick paving in order to protect it from damaging effects of the sun and pool water.

Stone Pool Pavers

The most expensive products of the different types of pool paving, stone paving is popular due to the impressive and natural look it provides pool side areas. Some types of stone pavers may not be resistant to chlorine or salt and may be very slippery. This can, however, be easily resolved by using an appropriate sealant that will protect the stone from external conditions while providing it with a more user-friendly surface.