Wood and tiles are the most common materials used as pool surrounds. There are other possibilities that even create a significant reduction in workload.
Lie by the pool, dangle your legs in the water and switch off from everyday life – there is nothing better after a hard day at work. The perfect idyll in addition to calming music, a few green plants but also the optimal pool border. Finally, the pool in its entirety should fit into the complete appearance or even sting through the special look out.
In the pool border there are now some possibilities. Below but also just material that is less suitable as a pool border than others. Some require more intensive care, others require greater caution. Here, everyone has to decide on their own terms which material is the right one.
Here is the overview with the most common methods and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
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The most commonly used pool surrounds used to be tiles. There are countless designs and shapes, so that everyone will find the right one for their taste.
Little tip: Did you know that there are now already outdoor tiles in wood look?
The disadvantage with tiles, however, is that they are very slippery when wet. And that’s essential at the pool. Fast racing or romping when bathing fun are therefore taboo to avoid injury.
In addition, there is also a lot to consider when substructure and laying. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to consult a professional. Another disadvantage is that tiles are quite prone to frost. So it can happen that the tiles break after a very cold winter, even though they are “frost resistant”.
A slightly better or more resistant variant is natural stone. This material is not only easy to care for, but also durable. Natural stones with a porous surface, such as:
Natural stone for outdoor use is also roughened for safety reasons. This condition is achieved by various methods.
- chemotechnical treatment
Most popular for the pool border is travertine as natural stone. This stone has open cavities of different sizes. These ensure that the heat is better stored. In addition, the stone creates a Mediterranean flair through its appearance and thus conjures holiday mood in your own garden.
Most people like to integrate wood into their garden. It exudes cosiness, warmth and of course works – perfect as a pool border you might think. Unfortunately, that’s not all. Wood is not the same as wood. As a pool surround, you should use wood that does not crack and has some resistance to moisture and other weather conditions.
When choosing exotic and local woods are available. The exotic woods such as teak and bangkirei are robust and resistant to pests. The disadvantage, however, is that not only are they pretty hard to get, but they also need a lot of care . After all, you do not want to renew the pool surround within the next few years.
Douglas fir and larch are the most popular local woods. The two varieties are resistant to fungi and insect infestation. They do not need to be treated chemically and are therefore 100 percent biodegradable.
The disadvantage of both varieties, however, is that the wood loses the red-brownish color, the longer it is exposed to the weather. After some time, however, a noble silver gray is created. Whether you like this or not is of course a matter of taste.
»My tip: If you still want to resort to exotic wood, you should definitely pay attention to the FSC seal.
Incidentally, wood heats up considerably in intense sunlight. In the area of the pool that can sometimes lead to “burning” feet.
A big “competitor” to wood has become the material WPC . This is a composite material made of wood and plastic (WPC = Wood Plastic Composite). These wooden planks consist of about 60 percent wood and 40 percent plastic. Due to the high proportion of plastic, however, many raw materials are needed and energy consumed during production. However, unlike pure wood, this material is very easy to clean, long-lasting and mostly splinter-free. So no injuries have to be feared.
WPC is technically made and therefore you have a wide choice of colors available. However, the WPC planks are only available in one color – so a typical wood design is not possible.
You should also keep in mind that WPC planks heat up even more than normal wood.
A still relatively unknown material is Resysta. This is a 100 percent ecological product. It consists for the most part of rice hulls. In its properties it is very similar to the WPC. It is also splinter-free, weatherproof and fungus resistant.
The probably decisive advantage opposite WPC is probably the optics. Resysta is much closer to wood than WPC. In addition, it can be painted and oiled as desired. In addition, this natural product does not heat up and absorbs no water at all. A swelling of the planks is therefore impossible.
Resysta is still easy to assemble. You only need standard wood tools.
In addition to wood, tiles & Co. you can surround the pool but also with cobblestones. With the right choice of paving stones, you can also create a Mediterranean flair or even connect your patio with the pool without using any additional material.
Who wants to surround his pool with paving stones, should make sure that the substructure is chosen correctly. In this case, please ask a professional for help.