After deciding to finally go forward with that long-awaited pool and deck installation for your backyard – and your timing couldn’t be better. While considering what kind of pool deck designs to go with, think carefully about the kind of performance you will need from the material. There are a few safety and structural conditions as well are presented by a pool that a standard deck does not. But that is okay – there is a product available that will rise to the occasion.
The ideal solution here is capped composite decking. The aesthetic appeal you want in a backyard oasis is offered by this material but without the potential pitfalls that wood or cheaper composite products carry. A few of the ways are mention below in which capped composite decking can help provide an ideal setting for your new pool.
- When optimal traction wet: The first and most important rule for public swimming pools is no running. Of course the danger is that wet surfaces are slick and kids that run around the pool could easily slip, fall and hurt themselves. This material, Capped composite decking, won’t allow you to eliminate the “no running” policy, but it will provide a degree of traction beyond what wood offers. Wood decking is notoriously slippery when wet – something that will not be acceptable for a pool deck. A heavily-textured pattern to improve grip, even when the surface is soaked, is used by the better capped composites.
- Resistant to mold and mildew: Moisture invites unwanted mold and mildew spores to proliferate, In addition to causing wood to become slick. Both aesthetically and functionally, Mold growing on the deck is a bad sign and it gives the appearance of something that hasn’t been cleaned in ages and it can cause negative health and respiratory reactions. This shortcoming can be bypassed by Capped composite decking. This material won’t allow mold spores to take up residence, thereby reducing maintenance and maintaining the look you desire. Capped composite decking is ideal for the pool.
- Minimal expansion and contraction: You’ll want that transition to be seamless and tight when a pool is set into a deck. The wrong decking materials will expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes over time. By bringing in more moisture and potentially straining the decking material pools only exacerbate this issue, but capped composite decking made from polypropylene and hardwood composites provide a higher level of moisture and thermal resistance, meaning the deck will keep its shape intact over time.
- Structural integrity: Your deck needs to be able to incorporate a variety of designs and weight loads when a pool is involved. There will likely be company coming over to enjoy your new sanctuary even if the deck doesn’t completely support the pool, if you’re nice enough to invite them and it has to be sturdy. Sagging or flex between joists are limited by capped composite decking and a sound structure is provided.