Above ground pools are an inexpensive alternative to inground pools, helping you save tens of thousands of dollars on your new investment. But you’ll need a pool deck if you want to spend as much time by the pool as possible. Adding a deck to your above ground pool creates a functional, welcoming environment that’s perfect for working on your tan and hanging out with your loved ones. You can use the money you saved by choosing an above ground pool over an inground pool to build the deck of your dreams. Make the most of your new backyard pool with these deck designing tips.
Check Your Zoning and Building Codes
Before you start brainstorming, remember to check your area’s building and zoning codes. Some areas have strict rules in terms of where and how you should build your deck, especially if you’re building on less than stable ground. Contact your municipality for more information to make sure you’re in the clear.
Put Space Between the Deck and the Pool Wall
As you start designing the space, it’s important to make sure you can still access the pool wall in case anything goes wrong down the line. There’s always a chance that your pool could spring a leak and, if you encase your pool in wood, you’ll need to rip out the deck to make repairs. It’s best to leave plenty of room, usually at least a foot, in between the pool wall and the foundation of the deck, so you can easily repair the pool without having to tear down parts of your deck.
Elevation Is Key
Most above ground pool decks need to be elevated because the pool is several feet off the ground. This makes it easier to access the pool. You won’t have to climb a ladder to get in the water. You can just climb a few stairs and you’ll have complete access to the pool.
There are several ways to build an elevated deck. You can either insert wood joists or pour some cement into the ground, but the easiest route is to use concrete pier blocks that sit right on top of the ground. You can easily insert wood posts into these blocks to create the foundation for your deck. You don’t have to worry about tearing up or permanently changing your backyard.
Guard Rails for Safety
With the deck several feet off the ground, remember to add guard rails for safety, especially if you have young children playing near the pool. Wood guard rails make the space more functional as your guests lean on the deck and hang their towels out to dry by the water.
A Room with a View
You’ll also want to position your pool deck in such a way that gives you and your guests the best possible view of your property. While most of the action will be focused on the pool, you can design a deck that faces the most attractive elements of your home. Depending on the size and condition of your property, you might want to direct everyone’s attention toward a cluster of trees, your rose bushes, a flower bed or the back of your home. Build your deck on whichever side of the pool you want your guests to look away from. If you build on the left side of the pool, your guests will look right toward the pool and whatever’s lingering in the distance.
Keep Your Eye on the Sun
While it’s important to give your guests a view, make sure you don’t block their access to the sun. Take stock of the direction of the sun as it relates to your backyard pool. If you love getting a tan, you’ll want to build a deck that maximizes your time in the sun. Look at your property during different times of the day to make sure you choose the right spot for your deck.
Consider Built-in Shade
As much as you may love the sun, it’s nice to give people options. Consider building some sort of enclosure on your deck, so people can quickly get out of the sun if they’re feeling a little toasty. You can build a pergola or a gazebo on top of the deck for some built-in shade without ruining your fun in the sun.
Designing the right above ground pool deck all depends on your property and your specific preferences. If you plan on hosting a wide variety of guests at your home, give people options and choose a mixture of sun and shade. Don’t forget to show off the best parts of your property by focusing people’s attention in a particular direction. By the end, you’ll have a beautiful outdoor space that everyone can enjoy.