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6 Natural Stones Made for Luxury Pool Decks

6 natural stones made for luxury pool decks For a luxurious backyard pool that your family and friends will love to spend time around all summer, a deck is a necessity. After all, a deck surrounding your pool adds not only utility, but style as well. There are several materials available for crafting a lavish pool deck—including expertly laid pavers made from natural stone.

Considering natural stone for your pool deck? You’ve come to the right place. Here are six of our favorite stones to use for a premium and elegant pool deck.

1. Travertine

Most often found in tan, cream, and rusted shades, the look of travertine is unmistakable. The rich red and brown undertones in the stone allow it to blend seamlessly into classic desert architecture and landscaping, which is a growing trend in the home industry.

Travertine absorbs water instantly. This makes a travertine pool deck virtually slip-free. Additionally, travertine remains cool to the touch, no matter what the weather—meaning it can stand up to high temperatures with ease. You won’t have to worry about burning your feet, hands, or other parts of your body when relaxing on a travertine pool deck all summer long.

In the example above, the travertine pool deck consists of varying warm shades. Coordinating ledger panels add another dimension to the pool’s design and complement the tan hues of the travertine.

2. Flagstone

Flagstone is composed of various natural stone pavers with different colors, sizes, and textures. After expert craftsmanship and installation, the finished product results in pavers arranged in a unique design. This final design can be laid in a variety of different patterns, depending on your design direction and installation team. Because of its high density, flagstone is remarkably low maintenance and durable. It won’t sustain damage from exposure to water or other outdoor elements.

One drawback of flagstone is that it’s exceptionally good at holding heat. Unfortunately, this means that it can be uncomfortable to walk on this material with bare feet, especially on warmer days. For an indoor pool, or a well-shaded pool, flagstone can be a great option. However, for a pool that’s in the direct path of the sun, you may consider other stones.

This flagstone deck creates a rustic look surrounding the pool, with a multitude of colored pavers following a spontaneous pattern.

3. Sandstone

As its name suggests, sandstone is known for its earthy, light brown tones and can be used to evoke the feeling of walking on the beach. Unique to sandstone is the fact that it is meant to erode over time. This creates a rugged and historic feel for any pool deck. Stains, scratches, and weathering all contribute to the personality of sandstone by enhancing the hues and undertones of the stone.

Like travertine and other stones, sandstone has a no-slip surface. However, sandstone is notably porous and needs to be sealed to be used for a pool deck. Once sealed, sandstone is durable enough to stand up to heat, water, and wind.

This pool deck, made from unique teakwood sandstone, features long, thin lines of color that contribute to a beachy aesthetic.

4. Limestone

While it’s known for the recognizable white and tan colors found in ancient structures around the world, limestone is available in a variety of striking shades, including grey, blue, and even pink. Its vibrant colors stand up to years of sun exposure and weather due to its inherent durability. The beauty of limestone also makes it a popular choice for pool tile and coping.

Limestone consists of fossilized organic matter as well as inorganic materials, resulting in a silky texture that’s not often found in other natural stones. This texture makes it one of the softest natural stones available. While stones such as granite are known for their hardness, limestone is valued for its delicacy.

In the example above, the limestone pool deck contributes to the contemporary style of the backyard. Guests are welcomed with comfortable seating, so they can enjoy the space.

5. Slate

Heavy, durable, and a building staple for centuries, the sleek nature of slate makes it the perfect choice for a pool deck with a modern touch. This stone is commonly found in black, blue, and grey shades, although it comes in orange and brown shades as well.

Slate should not be installed directly on dirt, grass, or sand. For a safe ands table pool deck, installation should be done on a sturdy surface like concrete or plywood. This will minimize the risk of the stone being damaged. Overall, installing slate can be complicated, due to the weight of the stone, leading to potentially higher costs. However, the strength and durability of slate will result in lower maintenance costs throughout the lifespan of the deck.

This slate pool deck features the stone’s trademark gray hues and intricate textures. Slight color variations throughout the deck incorporate hints of tan and brown.

6. Marble

Quarried from mountains across the globe and world renowned for its premium look and feel, marble is synonymous with peak luxury. Marble embodies opulence, class, and style, and its natural veining adds a three-dimensional look to the stone’s surface.

A unique quality of marble is its translucence. When the sun hits it just right, your marble pool deck will appear to glow and shine from within. This spectacular characteristic will make your pool deck a sight to see on sunny summer days.

As a porous stone, marble will have to be sealed annually to protect from water damage. Additionally, when used for pool decks, marble should not be polished, to reduce the risk of slips and falls.

This white marble pool deck effortlessly combines modern elegance with sleek minimalism.

The finishing touches

Once you’ve picked a natural stone to for your pool deck, it’s time to focus on the details and unique touches that will make your deck a home accent you can appreciate for years to come. One detail is the finish you select for your natural stone pool deck. The finish of a stone can contribute to its texture and overall appearance. Natural stones are most often found three finishes:
  • Tumbled: Textured and porous
  • Honed: Smooth and matte
  • Polished: Smooth and shiny
For pool decks, any finish can be used, and preference comes down to texture. If you’re looking for a smooth deck, consider a honed or polished finish. If you want a textured deck, and plan on spending much time walking on it barefoot, but you may consider a tumbled finish.

Pool tile and coping

A beautiful pool deck is only one piece of the puzzle. You’ll also need to consider coordinating pool tile and coping to complete your outdoor space. Pool tile consists of tiling on the interior of the pool, while coping helps create a ledge for swimmers to grab onto when exiting or entering the pool. Coping also contributes to the structure of the pool, protecting it against leaks. With coordinated pool tile and coping, your entire outdoor space can achieve a similar look and feel. You can either use the same natural stone as your pool deck, or other types of stone for a striking contrast. The possibilities are endless when it comes to pool tile and coping, giving you the opportunity to make your design all your own.

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