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Top 5 Most Dangerous Pool Deck Surfaces

By Don Coppedge

Do you know the top 5 most dangerous pool deck surfaces?

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Dangerous pool deck surfaces can pose as a huge liability for a pool home owner. There are a lot of things to consider when owning a pool besides the pool itself.


Everything from pool fences to even your pool deck can play a role in just how safe your pool area is for you and your guests.


While any surface can become slippery with water, there are some pool deck surfaces that can present more of a danger.

Here’s a look at some popular pool deck surfaces and what you can do to make them safer.

  • Concrete. Concrete is very popular around in-ground pools but it can become slippery when wet. If you’re thinking about adding concrete decking around your pool consider adding small pebbles or rocks to it which can make it less slippery.
  • Bricks. Along with a high price and limited styles, the problem with bricks around the pool is that moss can grow on or in between them, making them slippery. Cleaning the deck regularly is necessary to avoid this from happening.
  • Wood. Proper maintenance is required for a wood deck. Keeping it clean can truly prevent it from becoming a slip and slide. As with brick decking, moss and algae can grow, creating a slippery surface. Keeping to a strict cleaning schedule can prevent moss from growing and make your wood deck less slippery.
  • Tile. Tile can provide a rich look around an in-ground pool. But, it can also make for a big hazard due to the fact that tile gets extremely slippery when wet. Choosing a textured tile will provide better traction.
  • Synthetic Decking. While synthetic decking may be popular because it’s low maintenance, it gets slippery quickly.

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Be sure to choose one with a non-slippery surface.

  • Pavers. They look great upon installation. They come in a variety of sizes and styles but settle over time. After settling from natural erosion, corners sticking up can pose tripping hazards if not attended to.
  • While choosing and maintaining your pool deck surface, don’t forget to also keep your pool area safe with fencing. For more information on pool fences contact Protect-A-Child Pool Fence at 1-800-992-2206.

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    • sPiderWeB

      We installed pavers partially around our pool and they look great. They do have a non-slip surface. However, in the Phoenix area, especially the summer, the pavers get extremely hot. The little kidos feet can’t handle it. As far as adults go, it’s pretty hot for us as well.

      We had Protect-a-Child black mesh fencing installed around the exposed portion of our pool shortly afterward the pavers were installed. It has worked well at keeping our young grandsons out of the pool. They have tried everything to breach this fence to no avail.

      We are having the pavers removed around the pool and installing a concrete build-up surface installed over new concrete. We are also installing it over the area where existing Kool deck is being removed. It is suppose to be much cooler than pavers but not as cool as the old Kool deck. The old deck was initially installed about 15 years ago and it’s at the end of its design life.