Ah—the swimming pool; the beloved backyard oasis of America. More accessible and affordable than ever, in-ground swimming pools now grace the backyards of at least 10.4 million homes in the country. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who is adding a pool to your backyard property, it is time to start thinking about how you want that pool to be surrounded and finished. For most modern-day homeowners, a concrete patio is their go-to choice, and it is not without good reasons. Take a look at some of the perks of having a concrete patio around your in-ground pool.
Concrete is resilient where water is concerned.
Not may patio options can stand up in water like concrete can. For example, something like a wooden patio surrounding a pool can break down with the constant exposure to water and pool chemicals. Concrete patios are resilient enough that they can make it through many years of use around your pool without breaking down.
Concrete is not going to leave you with debris in your pool.
Some people opt for things like pebbles and natural decor around their pool, which may look nice for sure. However, all of the small debris from the more natural implements can also make their way into your pool, which can make it harder to keep clean. Concrete is not going to leave small bits of dust and debris on the bottom of your feet that will eventually be in the water.
Concrete is easy to add decorative designs to.
If you are going for a certain style or appearance around your pool, concrete can cater to those desires. You can get concrete stamped, textured, and dyed with pigmenting agents to make it a certain color. If you want a pool patio that looks like marble, for example, that is a possibility.
Concrete is easy to keep clean.
One of the perks of concrete is that it is fairly easy to keep clean. Even textured concrete with patterns and designs can be kept clean with a high-pressure hose and an occasional scrub with a stiff-bristled scrub brush.
Concrete provides excellent support for poolside items.
Most pools are surrounded with trademark poolside items. From lounge chairs to outdoor bars, all of these things work out really well on a solid concrete surface. Concrete offers a stable, level surface for all of those extra items that make having a pool so rewarding.
If you're adding a pool to your yard, work with local concrete contractors to put a patio in place.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.