If you want to add a deck to your pool and do it yourself, careful planning is vital to a successful project.
Staff members at most building supply companies can answer your questions and help you plan everything and select the right materials. They can also put you in touch with a building inspector to ensure you are abiding by all municipal laws.
Avoid a Deck Disaster with these Construction Tips
Without the proper construction techniques, your deck could put you at a safety risk.
If you're an experienced builder, you can tackle planning and building your pool deck from scratch, but you'll want to pick the right materials for your climate and have the correct tools.
In areas with temperature extremes, you should determine whether pressure-treated wood or composite material is a better choice.
Composite: Composites expand in summer and are more likely to shrink in winter, which should be considered when spacing the deck's boards.
Composite materials are considered maintenance-free, but they will only last as long as the pressure-treated foundation. Any rot in the verticals or joists will have to be repaired. If you opt for composite, you won't have to worry about splinters, but if you choose a darker composite, it may be very hot to the touch and not barefoot-friendly.
Wood: Wood swells in winter due to moisture but tends to shrink in summer.
Wood decks also require more maintenance, which may involve stripping, sanding and sealing every few years.
Other options: Some additional possibilities for pool decks include brick, brushed or stamped concrete, flagstone, pavers and travertine tiles. You might want to install some yourself or hire a professional.
Pre-made deck plans
Another option is to buy pre-made deck plans or a kit that comes with construction plans, lumber, hardware, footings and decking materials. While this requires much less planning and know-how, you still have to accurately measure and get everything level and square.
Call a building inspector
Once you have decided whether you're building from scratch or using a pre-made deck kit, it's important to call a building inspector to go over your rough plans and give you suggestions and guidelines for installing stairs, guards and handrails that comply with local codes.
She or he also will provide direction on getting permits. Adherence to all applicable municipal laws can go a long way to ensure safety and avoid accidents.