While turf and concrete probably aren’t the first options that come to mind for luxury pool decking surfaces, they certainly can be part of the equation. Natural elements such as wood and stone are also lovely options, and each distinct choice has its own set of benefits and downsides.
Wood Decking and Wood Tiles
When it comes to luxury wood decking, exotic hardwood decking is an excellent natural choice. As environmentally friendly and gorgeous as it is, though, traditional wood decking can really take a beating when used to surround your swimming pool. That’s why it’s important that if you do use real wood, you use high-end lumber species for the decking in your pool area. The effects of water and chlorine, coupled with direct sunlight, can cause even the most weather-resistant wood to fail to live up to its typical potential.
Bison Innovative Products offers a new, poolside-friendly spin on wood decking with its Bison wood tiles. These tiles incorporate exotic hardwoods that showcase rich graining and coloration. Like all natural wood decking products, when subjected to the elements the tiles will eventually develop a silvery-gray patina over time if left untreated; however, with periodic cleaning and sealing, they can retain their rich original color.
Natural Stone Options
A definite favorite, limestone decking has a modern appeal. While it appears to be easily shattered, it is actually both resilient and dazzling. Limestone can tolerate extreme temperature shifts and will retain its striking color through it all. Surrounding a pool in silky-looking luxury, it adds sparkle to your already spectacular poolscape. Limestone can be cut into a variety of sizes and shapes for enhanced customization potential. On the downside, limestone can be slippery when wet.
There’s a reason that the ancient Romans used marble walls for their baths and that many high-end kitchens incorporate this luxurious natural stone surface. Marble boasts a naturally reflective surface, making it an ideal complement for fountains, fire bowls, and other landscaping elements around your pool.
Naturally cool to the touch, travertine creates a striking look. Because it naturally remains cool to the touch, it’s a definite win for bare feet when it surrounds the pool. This naturally porous stone will also absorb pool water, helping it retain its slip-free status. Strong and resilient throughout extreme weather, travertine is definitely a rock-solid option.
Another natural stone possibility with a completely different look and feel from those listed so far, sandstone has an understated brown hue and creates a more rugged, well-worn, earthy look. Complete with naturally appearing color variation, sandstone can withstand weathering when it has been properly sealed. Sandstone has a naturally non-slip surface.
Flagstone is a well-known natural stone possibility that offers a high-end, rustic look. This low-maintenance decking option is naturally slip resistant and won’t be bothered by heat, moisture, or pool chemicals. With a variety of coloring and sizes, heavy pieces of flagstone can be arranged however you choose, creating an attention-getting arrangement that will stand the test of time.
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