The world is such a colorful and interesting place, precisely because no two trees and no two mountains are exactly the same. The same is true, of course, for individual people as well. Each adds his or her own unique background and giftedness to any given project, including indoor and outdoor design. If a dozen equally gifted and experienced landscape architects or designers were given your preferences and general taste and budget and given the liberty to design your swimming pool space, you would no doubt get a dozen quite different results. As you consider the many variables of your own unique yard and overall taste and personality and lifestyle, there are some various materials you’ll want to consider incorporating into the space surrounding your pool.
Two Types of Turf
We’re guessing that natural grass is the first option that comes to your mind. It can certainly be an aesthetically pleasing option and is obviously environmentally friendly. Of course, a big downside is the regular maintenance required in order to keep it looking good. Not only can that process cost extra time and money, but it often involves using products such as herbicides and pesticides that can pollute your pool water. On the flip side, your pool’s chlorine can cause damage to your grass.
Even with regular fertilizing, aerating, weeding, watering, and of course mowing, there are no guarantees; you may still end up with unattractive-looking turf. One solution is to use artificial turf. Artificial grass offers the added benefit of being a non-slip surface. Unlike natural grass, it is not negatively affected by chlorine, and unlike many other surface types, it does not become hot due to exposure to the sun. While not wholly biodegradable, high-quality artificial turf can last for more than two decades. You can read more about the benefits of using artificial turf near swimming pools here.
When it comes to luxury decking and patio surfaces, concrete may not be something that comes to mind. However, it is strong and durable as well as versatile, and it can allow for attractive customization. Properly sealed concrete decking is resistant to pool chemicals as well as sun-bleaching. Poured concrete can allow for custom shapes as well as other individualized options.
Texture can be used for safety as well as style. A non-skid additive can be incorporated into the sealer for improved traction. Decorative additions include stamping and added color. Well-designed concrete decking surrounding your swimming pool might not even appear to be concrete at first. When it’s properly prepared by professionals, it will offer a long-lasting outdoor option. You can read more about concrete options here.
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