In the mid-1990s, the federal government banned the use of asbestos in the plaster used on pool decking. The asbestos was what keep those pool decks cool underfoot and helped them withstand wear and tear. Today, the concrete base material that is used doesn’t last nearly as long without the asbestos to bind it. In fact, the most common pool deck material is created with acrylic epoxy and every company has their own name and version. The epoxy product isn’t nearly as cool to the feet, although it is still slightly cooler than real stone. In fact, the cool factor really comes from the pattern that is stamped in the surface of the epoxy. While it is the least expensive option for pool decking these days, it may not be your best choice since it degrades quickly. On the flip side, the technology is so fancy that they can make the epoxy look like slate or stone and it comes in a wide variety of colors.
Other options for pool decking include pavers, stone, flagstone and slate — preferably in lighter colors, since the darker the color, the hotter the pool decking. In Pool People’s opinion, pavers are the best overall option. They hold up well, and don’t crack or break or discolor from the chemicals or the sun. They are a natural, organic product and are less expensive to install than any of the other stone options.
If you have questions regarding what pool decking material is right for your pool or want to check out the options, visit our pool store located in Glendale, Arizona. Pool People provides regular pool and spa cleaning, pool and spa maintenance, pool remodeling, pool and spa repairs, as well as tile cleaning for residents of the Northwest Valley on Phoenix.