Safe Materials for Your Swimming Pool Surround

Are you lucky enough to have your own swimming pool? Or maybe you’re in the process of purchasing one or having one installed in your premises. Whichever the case may be, you’re still part of that group of homeowners who have the luxury of being able to take a dip whenever the urge arises; even simply lounging by the poolside presents a wonderful opportunity! Owning a pool means more than investing on the pool itself and making decisions like whether or not to get a concrete pool. It will also benefit you to think about the pool surroundings. You can always opt to simply leave the surrounding area around the pool as it is, but why do that when, with a little more effort, you can have the most relaxing pool area you want? There are many ways by which you can enhance your pool area. Here are some swimming pool surround ideas, bearing safety in mind.

Grass

There are people who will not settle for anything but the feel of grass on their feet, and this is quite understandable. If you are this type of person, then the best pool surround for you is grass. There are different kinds of grass that you can use for your pool surround, from Carpet Grass to Ryegrass to Zoysia Grass (best for saltwater pools). The recent trend in using grass for pool surround is synthetic grass, which is easier to install and maintain. For less work and yet just as beautiful grass around your pool area, synthetic grass is your best bet. See here for more practical information on synthetic grass.

Tiles

Some people prefer the texture and easy maintenance that a tile pool surround offers. The great thing about using tiles is that there are so many designs and colors that you can choose from. The texture is generally that which gives traction, so as to avoid slipping, but choices for tiles for pool areas cater to the widest range of preferences. The downside: it might be more expensive, depending on the specific tiles you choose.

Rubber

When it comes to anti-slip properties, it’s hard to beat rubber tiles. These tiles are actually used for indoor purposes as well, but they’re excellent material for your pool surround. If you’ve got kids, rubber tiles may be the best option. And, if you’re worried about longevity, there’s no need: rubber tiles for pool surround purposes are made so that they’re resistant to chlorine and salt water.

Wood Decking

Wood might seem to be a poor choice for pool surround, because of its vulnerability to wear and tear, especially when exposed to the sun, water, and chlorine. It’s hard to deny that a wooden deck around your pool can elevate the aesthetic value, though. The good news is that if you’re willing to expend some time and effort maintaining your wood deck - staining, treating, and/or painting - it will last you longer than you might expect.

 

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