Concrete Pool Decks vs Interlock

concrete pool decks vs interlock
Jul 17 18

You’ve finally decided on the size, type, and material for your pool and now it’s time to make a decision for your pool deck. When it comes to choosing the design and materials, the best two options are usually concrete and interlock stone. Both are highly used and excellent options, but only one will be right for you.

Why Choose Interlock?

If you’re looking to make a statement and add some character to your pool area, interlock is the right choice. Not only does it come in many shapes, colours, and styles, but it also creates a non-slip surface, making it a top choice for those looking to add style and safety to their pool deck. It has also become a popular option among homeowners because of its quick installation.  So if you’re looking to add a little more curb appeal and safety around the pool, interlocking stone is for you.

So why doesn’t everyone use interlock? It can be pricey, and it’s also had a rocky reputation in the past. Previous laying techniques did not provide adequate drainage, so stones would shift after settling. Fortunately, there have been recent advancements in the laying process which has dramatically improved the stability of interlock stone. Gaps are now filled with stone or sand to drain the water away quickly and to keep the foundation dry which helps prevent any shifting from occurring. And if any movement does happen, you only need to address the individual stones and not the entire surface, saving you money in the long run.

When is Concrete a Better Choice?

If you’re looking for a more affordable option that is still versatile enough to suit any type of design, concrete is a better choice. But to be clear, the price isn’t the only reason concrete is found in backyards all across the country — it’s also incredibly durable and straightforward to clean and maintain. If you’re looking for affordability and a no-fuss pool deck material, concrete is the perfect option.

So why doesn’t everyone use concrete? If you live in a climate that typically experiences freezing and thawing periods (like Ottawa), concrete may be prone to cracking and will need to be filled from time to time. It’s also harder to remove as it’s poured in a complete slab, but if you don’t plan to upgrade your pool deck anytime soon, this isn’t exactly a problem. People all across Canada still continue to choose concrete over interlock to enjoy its smooth uniform finish and polished look.

When it comes to choosing between concrete and interlock pool decks, it’s truly a personal choice. When you’re ready to take a look at all the options available to you, contact us at Rideau Pools today! We stock both options and are happy to help you discover what material is best for your pool deck area.

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