When considering installing a swimming pool, most homeowners opt to install a patio to complement their swimming pool. If you are one of these homeowners you will need to choose between stamped concrete or pavers for your patio. You can opt to consider other materials but these two are the most popular in the market today because of their durability and affordability.
To help you choose between the two, here are some professional insights shared by pool builders on stamped concrete patio and pavers.
Pool building with stamped concrete patio
What makes stamped concrete a popular choice among many homeowners and pool builders is the wide range of patterns and colors available that complement its unique antique look. You can choose from seamless stone, flagstone, slate, and many other different patterns. Match this with an attractive color combination and you’ve got yourself a truly unique patio design.
Stamped patios are affordable – costing about $12-$16 per square foot – making it a cost-effective alternative to natural slate, brick or flagstone. So you get the effect you are looking for but with only a fraction of the cost.
You won’t have to worry about damaging the stamped concrete, especially from the various chemicals you use for your pool, because it is tightly sealed, protecting it from potential damage from pool chemicals and salt water.
What you need to remember if you choose stamped concrete for your patio:
Have your contractor place control joints to control where the concrete cracks. Concrete will always crack no matter how much you prevent it. You can only control it by placing control joints at appropriate locations in your patio. This, however, is still not 100% effective because concrete has been found to crack at different areas even when there are control joints.
You will need to re-apply the sealer at least every 2-3 years to ensure your patio is protected from potential damage by pool chemicals and salt water if you have a salt water swimming pool.
You need to ensure that the sealer is combined with an anti-skid agent to prevent slipping and other related accidents. If you use only the sealer, the resulting surface can be slippery and may cause accidents.
Pavers for your patio
There is also a huge number of pool owners who prefer pavers for their pool patio. The reason for this is that this is easier to handle than other materials. It allows for a seamless repair if there are underground problems. Plus, if you start your patio with another material and have now only decided to opt for pavers, you can easily install it to your patio. You don’t have to add sealers so it’s not slippery and you don’t have to worry about cracks because it doesn’t crack like stamped concrete.
Key aspects to consider when pool building with pavers:
Although pavers don’t crack, they are prone to settling and moving especially if not installed properly.
You need to use polymeric sand when installing pavers to ensure there will be no gaps between the pavers; thereby, preventing weeds from growing up in these gaps and spaces. To ensure there will be no weeds, you need to re-apply the polymeric sand at least every other year.
You have limited choices when it comes to patterns and designs. If you are after the overall look of your pool and how the patio will complement it, you may need to reconsider using pavers.
Call Russell Cooper Pools for more tips and suggestions to help you with your pool building.
Russell Cooper Pools
101 Folly Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588