Swimming pool decking
Swimming pool decking
Catching the Rays
You’ll want your sunbathing deck to get sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon, the safest hours to catch those rays. When you’re ready to soak up some sun, you’ll appreciate the convenience of a dedicated area, where all you need to do is plop down in a chaise lounge or stretch out on a towel—no time wasted in set up.
On this expansive deck (above and opposite), the sunbathing area is located at the deep end of the pool, so you can dive right in for a refreshing break. Chaise lounges stand ready, and a table is close by so that frosty drinks are in easy reach. If you don’t have a pool, you can create a water oasis by placing stone urns nearby and filling them with fresh water that you can cup in your hands for a refreshing splash. Or install a fountain in the center of a sunbathing deck. The mist will keep sunbathers cool.
Splish-Splashing the Day Away
Whether it’s Mom taking a quick dip for refreshment or the kids spending hours playing in the shallow end, a pool delivers fun for the whole family. With splashing and bare feet a given, you’ll love WPC decking as a pool surround: WPC decking is impervious to water and is slip-resistant.
Builder James McDowell, who created this 500- square-foot deck surrounding a pool, always recommends WPC decking to his clients with pools. “It’s a worry-free surface for a pool—no splinters, no damage from splashing,” says McDowell, who installed Winchester Grey WPC boards flush with the pool’s stone edge. The 16×40-foot pool and its wraparound deck are located at the lowest level of a multilevel deck and are accessed by three wide steps made of slip-resistant WPC decking.
Lots of Room to Play
Once you know all the activities you’d like to pursue on your deck, start thinking in terms of zones and square footage. You need a deck that is at least 300 square feet before you can begin zoning or assigning different areas of the deck to specific activities. A 300-square-foot deck, for example, could be zoned into two areas—one 10×20 feet, the other 10×10 feet. The larger area could be devoted to dining and lounging, accommodating a table and chairs to seat six, plus a conversation area with a pair of chairs clustered around a side table. The smaller area could be a grilling station or a sunbathing deck. Builders across the country report that an average size for a deck is 300 to 400 square feet, with some decks much bigger.
Of course, the bigger the deck, the more zones and activities you can add, and the more you’ll enjoy the total deck life.