Pools greatly enhance the property they are installed in, boosting property value and bringing enjoyment as well as more options for entertaining. And with any pool installation comes the need for a pool deck – the area that surrounds the pool and sets it apart from the rest of the yard. Pool decks come in a wide range of materials, including concrete, natural stone and wood. Most people who have experienced these different materials will know that wooden pool decks offer several, very important advantages to the user. In particular, modified woods like Kebony offer a wide range of benefits that can help create a pool deck that far surpasses the competition.
Pools come in all shapes and sizes, so your pool deck needs to conform to not only your yard or garden, but to the pool itself. Things like concrete and pavers become difficult and expensive to cut and shape when forming them to unique lines of modern pools. They also require a lot of leveling, draining and layering of setting materials to make sure that they perform well long time.
Wooden pool decks are much easier to customize to your pool’s shape and your yard’s needs. Wood is easy to cut and shape and doesn’t require the same amount of leveling and drainage that you’ll find with other pool deck materials. Wood also has a soft, organic appearance that will complement any setting or garden. You can also lay the wood in different patterns and directions to get a contemporary, traditional or completely unique look for your deck. It’s also possible to install wood pool decks which turn into walkways leading to your home or other areas of your yard; saving you the hassle and expense of selecting and installing a second product. And what’s more, wood can be used for virtually any construction project. So whether you need benches, flower boxes or an outdoor dining table, you can use the same wood you used for your deck; making it both convenient and esthetically pleasing.
Sustainability is a major factor in any building material these days. No matter what you’re building, it’s important to look at how it’s going to impact not only the environment, but also the area surrounding its installation. Plus sustainable products focus on durability as being able to outlast other alternatives and not require frequent replacement, is yet another sustainable factor.
While stone pavers are a natural material, they are far from sustainable. New stone cannot be produced once the quarries are exhausted, making stone a non-renewable source. Most stone is also quarried great distances from where it’s installed, many out of the country, and must be shipped in at considerable expense; thus making stones carbon footprint quite large.
Concrete pool decks require sealers to help them maintain their surface throughout the year. These sealers frequently contain high levels of harmful VOCs, which can affect not only the environment, but the health of those living nearby for several days after they are applied. Concrete sealers need to be reapplied regularly as well, to help ensure the longevity of the product.
Wood pool decks are a more sustainable and eco-friendly choice. Modified wood, like Kebony, uses only sustainable, or fast growing, softwood species. These softwoods regrow at a much faster rate than hardwood species and with Kebony’s patented technology, they are able to enhance the wood to perform like the best hardwood, without devastating world forests. Kebony uses an organic, bio-based liquid in its treatment process that is non-toxic and won’t release harmful chemicals into the environment. Plus no sealers or other potentially harmful chemicals are required to maintain its beauty or performance after installation.
Pools are well known for being tough on the material that surrounds them. Pool decks are often wet through thoroughly on a regular basis and they’re also subjected to chemicals used to maintain the pool’s water. The ability to withstand these and other aspects of the pool environment are imperative in the decking you choose.
Both concrete and natural stone are subject to issues such as etching of the finish, as well as cracks and frost heaves during freeze/thaw cycles. This means that you’re likely to need to repair or replace your pool’s patio every few years to help maintain its functionality and beauty.
Modified woods, like Kebony, require no maintenance over their lifetime, beyond normal cleaning. The finish of the wood will naturally weather to a beautiful silver-gray patina, and won’t be affected by the moisture of the pool or freeze/thaw cycles of cold areas. So when you install a Kebony pool deck you can rest assured that you won’t be replacing or carrying out expensive repairs and tedious maintenance tasks on your deck every few years.
Most pools are used during the hottest months of the year, when the sun is beating down on the surface of both the pool and the deck. Materials like stone and concrete can often hold onto heat, becoming hot and uncomfortable underfoot as you walk to and from the pool. These materials can also become very slippery when wet which is not recommended for pool decks and patios, as it poses a large fall risk. The course and abrasive surface only worsens the issues that happen as a result of slipping and losing one’s footing.
Wooden pool decks are more resilient underfoot, as well as softer and more comfortable to stand on. They don’t heat up to the same degree in the sun, so walking out to your pool can be an enjoyable experience, rather than a potentially painful one.
Matching Area Accessories
When you’re building a pool deck, you’re often not just putting in a flooring material; you may be building several other areas and accessories as well. Privacy fences, pool sheds, changing areas, pergolas, overhangs for shade and outdoor seating are often built near a pool to enhance the enjoyment of the area.
The same wood used for your pool’s deck can be used to create virtually any other accessory or area you’re looking to develop. Being able to use the same material for various elements gives your property a cohesive appearance in addition to providing relief to your budget.
Kebony versus Treated Wood
It’s important to keep in mind that not all wood is suitable for use on a pool deck. Pressure treated wood requires staining or sealing on a regular basis to help protect it from the moisture of the pool. This makes the material less sustainable and much more costly over the course of your deck’s lifetime.
Kebony’s patented process that uses a non-toxic, bio-based liquid to enhance the beauty and durability of sustainable, softwood species. The result is a harder, more stable wood that is resistant to moisture, mold and insect activity. It also ensures that it will not require sealing to protect it from the moisture of the pool area. Kebony can be installed anywhere in your yard and can be brought right up to the edge of your pool without requiring additional maintenance, frequent replacement of the boards or affecting its beauty and performance. With Kebony, you can have a naturally beautiful wood deck surround any in- or above-ground pool without performance or maintenance issues.
Create a Wooden Pool Deck
Wood pool decks are beautiful, versatile and sustainable when made with modified wood, like Kebony. Don’t settle for materials that will require continuous upkeep and maintenance, or that will be hot and uncomfortable in use. Instead, create a unique and durable pool deck using Kebony to get the most out of your pool and yard year after year.
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