Design Ideas for Decorative Concrete Around Your Pool

Pool decking should fulfil two aims. First, it needs to be safe and not slippery. Second, it needs to create a harmonious and relaxing environment. Decorative concrete can help with both of these things. Here are two design variations to consider.

Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate concrete is filled with colourful stones and pebbles. Once the top layer of cement is washed away, they protrude and give the paving a bumpy feel. This texture will provide grip and make the pool deck safer.

Elements that affect the texture are the aggregate shape and size and the degree to which they protrude from the concrete. You can control these aspects with your choices. For example, opt for river pebbles with softer edges instead of sharp stones crushed in a machine. You can also discuss how much of the cement to wash away with the contractors, as this will influence the texture. Removing more cement will reveal the aggregates, so they will jut out more strongly. Pool decking needs to be gentle on bare feet, so you need to pay special attention to this aspect.

Exposed aggregate will visually enhance the pool area, creating patterns of pebbles and stones. These give an organic, natural feel to the pool deck. To create a bright look, you can use pebbles in colours like sand, cream, pink, and yellow. The cement can also be pigmented in a pale hue.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is another decorative concrete option that is ideal for pool decks. This paving can mimic natural stone pavers for a luxurious look. To do this, concreters use shaped moulds, called stamps, that they press onto the cement while it's still malleable. These leave faux joins and textured rock surfaces on the concrete. Once colour is applied in layers, the concrete appears natural and organic.

Stamped concrete creates a textured surface, making the pool safer. You also have the benefit of an endless choice of stamps. Some mimic timber planks, so you can enjoy the warm browns and tans found in wood. And the concrete won't warp and rot due to moisture exposure.

Remember to seal decorative concrete and exposed aggregate regularly to protect the paving. You can also increase the traction as a concrete company can add gritty particles to the sealant. These two types of decorative concrete can also be combined. For example, you could border an exposed aggregate pool deck with stamped concrete. Reach out to a concrete company to get started.