Swimming pool paving: which one to choose?


With a swimming pool in your backyard, the vacation begins as soon as you walk through your door. Cool off in cool water, relax in the sun, what could be nicer? So that your swimming pool is visually beautiful and that it blends harmoniously into the landscape of your home, it is important to choose the right paving. But it’s not just a question of visual aspect, since you don’t really want to wade through the soil of your garden after leaving a pond.

Rather, you want a stable, solid surface on which it is pleasant to walk barefoot – and wet. You therefore need an appropriate paving. But what is the best material? Be imaginative and creative! So that your paving corresponds to your outdoor space, especially in terms of colors, and that it forms a real unity with the swimming pool, look at our ideas and advice below and opt for a rough material but not too much, which you allows a pleasant feeling barefoot when leaving your pool.

The most common solution: tiling

It wasn’t that long ago that tiling was the only option for pool tiling. There were very few alternatives. It is true that they are found everywhere, in all shapes and colors, including models that imitate wood or stone. Unfortunately, tile tiles have one major downside – they slip when wet. Certainly, they offer a large choice, they are easy to maintain, but there are certain points to be taken into account when purchasing, in particular the non-slip side. Tiling can really present an accident hazard when wet. To avoid injury, only non-slip tile tiles should be laid around your pool. You should also learn about the absorption capacity of water. What about in case of humidity, will your tiles resist freezing?

For a natural look: stone

Here too, it is important to raise the issue of safety, because it is very easy to slide on wet stones. Those which will be used for your paving will have previously been treated accordingly. Properly processed, the bare stone is non-slip and provides a pleasant walking experience. Smooth stones are nice to you, rough stones tingling slightly more under your feet. You don’t have to worry about burning your feet, because natural stone stores heat and only releases it gradually. You have a choice of granite, sandstone, limestone, slate, travertine, etc.

Comfortable and authentic: wood

Wood is preferably used in the garden because this material creates a warm and natural atmosphere and goes well with plants and plant decorations. So why not think of a wooden swimming pool paving? You can for exotic woods but also for some more classic types of wood. Exotic woods have the longest lifespan, but are also expensive and often difficult to obtain. Not all woods can be used for this purpose. Here are some species that are suitable for swimming pool paving:

  • Teak: It is a particularly precious wood. It has been used in shipbuilding for centuries and is extremely robust.
  • Larch: Larches grow in Eurasia and North America. The particularly robust Siberian larch is recommended for swimming pool edges.
  • Douglas wood: It is a very stable and durable wood. It has a pretty red-orange color.
  • Cumaru Wood: It is also a sturdy wood that can absorb water. It presents a great variation of colors, sometimes yellowish brown or reddish brown.
  • Itauba wood: It is a wood that is extremely resistant to temperature changes. Itauba wood comes from Brazil. It is also used to build bridges.
  • Ipé wood: It is also a tropical wood from South America. Many of the boat jetties are made of Ipé wood.
  • Massaranduba wood: It is an exotic wood, one of the densest in existence. Particularly noble, its color variations oscillate from reddish to purple. However, after a few years, its color changes significantly.
  • Kebony: It is a soft wood that has been specially treated to make it rot-proof and particularly strong.
  • Pine Pine wood is less prone to cracking than larch wood.

To avoid unpleasant surprises and having to replace your swimming pool paving in a few years, you absolutely have to opt for robust and resistant wood that can defy bad weather and fungi. Because the wood fades over time and acquires a silvery gray patina. The sturdier the wood, the longer the natural color will stay.

Tropical timber splits easily and requires a lot of attention. Some woods tend to break, which can be dangerous when walking barefoot. Larch or Douglas-fir can be an alternative. Some heat-treated woods have ecological value and become water repellent and resistant to fungi through the heating process. This is the case with Kebony wood, which is also the name of a company started in Norway which treats this soft wood making it harder and more stable. The paving of your wooden pool should be oiled annually. Sanding also makes sense after prolonged use.

And many other materials

The choice does not stop only with tiles, stone or wood. There are even more creative ideas for designing your pool tiling. If you want to forgo the conventional laying of the materials just described while creating an attractive pool landscape, you still have the following options:

  • Composite wood: In recent years, composite wood has increasingly competed with wood. It is made of wood and plastic. Unlike pure wood floorboards, it has some advantages. Composite wood is easy to maintain, lasts longer than wood planks, and does not tend to break. It is regrettable, however, that a great deal of raw material and energy is required to produce plastic.
  • The gravel : Apply it over a large area around the pool. Then the pool also acquires an attractive and natural look and you can enter the pool area without wading through mud or mud. The marbled gravel offers a particularly attractive view and allows for nice lighting effects.
  • Pavers : If you like it more rustic and Mediterranean, cobblestones are also an alternative. You can use the coarse stones of different colors and thus create a mosaic appearance.

Simply be inventive and interrupt the installation to incorporate various elements such as flower boxes, raised beds or water features. And if you can’t decide what material your swimming pool paving should be made of, you can just combine different materials with each other. Wood, for example, goes very well with natural stone. Pavers and natural stone can also be very well combined with each other.