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Just deck it! Things to consider when transforming your pool area with a wooden deck

by emily

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Having a pool at your home makes every day feel like a summer vacation. 

When you have a pool, you’re able to cool off whenever you need to, and it’s what you fantasise about when you’re at work or running errands on a scorching hot summer’s day. 

But, for the pool area to be everything you want it to be, you need to make it aesthetically pleasing. This can be done in many ways, but one way of achieving this look is by revamping your pool area using wooden decking. 

Wood decking has been home designers’ favourite for many years. Not only is wood affordable, but it also offers a rustic, beautiful and earthy element to your home. 

And we all know that when it comes to decking, it’s all about finding the right wood decking for your pool. But, all of that will be explained in the article, so, carry on reading. 

Know the type of wood decking you’re interested in

Wooden decking will always add flair to your pool area. But, many people don’t know that there are different kinds of timber decking available. The product you choose mainly depends on your preference and what you want your wood to achieve. Therefore, it is important to know what sort of woods are available and its water absorption. 

Here are a few examples of wood types you need to consider: 

  • Mahogany: this wood is durable, works well with water and is ideal with for swimming pool decking. The reason behind this is that when the wood comes into contact with water, it can resist swelling, shrinking and warping. It can also withstand damage, making it a cost-effective alternative, as you will not need to replace or repair it for a couple of years. 
  • Walnut: it has a fine texture, but this wood is strong, just like mahogany. And, because it has a fine texture, working with the wood is straightforward. Although this wood is mainly for furniture, it is also able to handle water, as it doesn’t shrink or warp when it comes into contact.
  • Oak: this wood may be flexible and is mainly used for furniture. But don’t let this fool you. Oak timber is durable, and in moist conditions, it becomes unaffected by absorption and warping.
  • Teak: it’s usually used for shipbuilding, doors and flooring. Teak is ideal and is a popular favourite. This is because, even when around moisture, it can resist warping, decaying, rotting and cracking.
  • Pine: pine timber may be softwood, but it holds well. It’s able to stand against moisture, resists shrinking, swelling and warping.  

Before going through with your decking plans, it will be best to ask a reputable timber company what wood is ideal for your pool area, specifically. Everyone’s home is different, and the land might be moister in the area you live in. So, have an inspection before purchasing wood, to ensure that you’re getting the best wood for your pool area

Know how much all the redecorations will cost you

Wood can be both expensive and inexpensive, but this highly depends on the sort of wood you will be using. So, create a budget for your remodelling and find out how much all the decking products will cost, as well as the labour. The overall cost will be determined by the dimension of the new pool area. So, you may want to bring a professional over to find out how much will it cost for your place. Knowing how much is needed will assist you in deciding the best wood suitable for your budget and pool area. And, while you’re looking at the cost, ask yourself how big you want your pool area to be. For example, are you interested in having an entertainment area close to the pool? Or, do you want your whole backyard to have wooden decking? Answering those questions will help you to determine how much you need to budget for.  

Consider your area’s climate

Apart from choosing the wood based on your preference, you need to think about your climate. Because the wood’s going to experience sun and wind exposure, that will mean that you have to replace your wood from time to time. This will then cost you more money in the future. So, if you live in a mostly warm area, then wood is fine for you. But, if you live in a cold and wet area, then it may be better to find other alternatives instead of wood

Decide on the design

Now, the fun can start, because the best thing about renovating is the design process. So, start doing your research and see what styles you’re interested in. Do you want to use a combination of a different material? For instance, tiles or a grass patch. Once you have an idea of what you’re interested in, call a landscaper and start the process. During your design process, make sure you always keep safety in mind. If you have children, try and avoid slippery flooring, but since you’re using wood, it will be safer than a tile deck. 

Final thoughts

Are you ready to just deck it? Well, you should be because timber decking is a good investment; it’s eco-friendly, as the wood is raw, versatile, and more importantly, it’s made from renewable resources. It is also low maintenance, yet still durable. It has so many benefits but still manages to catch everyone’s eye. So, get a move on and design the pool area you’ve always envisioned for your home.

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