Whether you have a pool or are considering putting one in your backyard, take the time to contemplate the area just around the pool itself. You may have kids that will play around the pool or you have a relaxing spot for your favourite hammock or deck chair — keep all these things in mind in the design phase of your pool project.
Materials partially dictate what it’s going to look like — varieties of pavers and stones have different colours, textures and feels. You have to decide what you think will look best next to your house and your pool. You also have to decide what will be most practical, factoring in style and safety.
Nobody wants uneven pavers, but you especially don’t want uneven pavers next to a pool. To prevent uneven pavers and take the guesswork out of levelling ground, let a professional take care of your paver installation — you don’t want to lay pavers incorrectly only to see them popping up a few months later.
You can install poolside pavers regardless of whether your pool is saltwater or chlorine treated, though you should consider how the salt or chemical will affect the stones. Chlorine most likely won’t pose as great of a threat to your pavers, with the exception of discoloration but salt on the other hand can be pretty destructive. There are sealants that you can apply to your pavers to add an extra element of protection.
Aside from sealing your pavers to protect them from pool water, you can take a couple of extra measures to ensure their longevity. Washing your pavers and occasionally scrubbing them with warm soapy water can help alleviate stains and prevent discoloration. Replacing the occasional loose or broken paver will prevent surrounding pavers from shifting and breaking. If you notice pavers sinking, call a professional immediately as this may be a symptom of a greater problem, such as unlevel ground.