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There is no better place to be on a hot summer day than lounging by the pool. A pool adds so much value to the backyard, especially if it blends into the landscape well. Part of the overall appearance depends on the decking chosen to surround the pool. Besides the appearance, decking should be safe and not slippery for swimmers. Here are the pros and cons of three popular pool decking materials.

Stone

Stonework Memphis TN not only looks natural and beautiful, but it also feels nice to walk on. Be sure to choose unglazed stone so that the surface is not slippery for wet feet. This is one of the more pricey options, running from $5 to $20 per square foot. Stonework is extremely durable when installed correctly, so be sure to contact a professional.

Wood

Most people think of wood when they think of decking. Wood decking has been around for ages because it is easy to work with and inexpensive. Wood decking can range from $4 to $10 per square foot depending on if installation costs are included. Certain woods hold up to outside conditions better than others. For pool decking, redwood, teak, cedar or ipe is recommended. One advantage to this decking is that it can be constructed over top of existing decking. However, any outdoor wooden material requires maintenance. A sealant should be reapplied every year. Every 3 to 5 years the decking will need to be resurfaced.

Cement

Cement has grown in popularity and in the number of applications because it is so customizable. Cement can be dyed different colors. It can also be stamped to look like stonework or to create a pattern. Poured concrete can follow any shape, including the curves around a pool. And, it is pretty inexpensive, ranging from $3 to $6 per square foot. The cost goes up if customizations like color and pattern are requested. Concrete can be tricky. It is important to find someone experienced because on a hot day cement can set in minutes.