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Pool Deck Cost Guide
Updated: Jan 01, 1970
Rather than the wooden structure most people associate with the decks on their homes, a pool deck is a hardscaped perimeter around a pool. It may be made of wood but is more often made of concrete, tile, or stone. It provides a non-slip surface for walking, it is easier on the feet and helps keep the pool water clean because you don’t track dirt, grass, and debris into the water. It also facilitates proper drainage for the area and is a great place for entertaining or lounging poolside.
The national average to install a pool deck made of concrete around a 12 x 24 foot in-ground pool, including ground leveling, runs from $6,750 to $8,000 with most people paying around $7,500. On the low end, the cost to install a wood deck to an area around the pool that is already leveled averages $3,000. At the high end, the cost to install a stone deck with lighting and leveling averages $26,000.
Pool Deck Price
|Pool Deck Cost|
|National average cost||$7,500|
Pool Deck Cost per Square Foot
The cost of pool decking averages $3 to $40 per sq.ft., depending on the materials used. This cost is for materials and does not include labor or additional services such as leveling of the ground. Typically, you’ll have to calculate the cost per sq.ft. of the materials before determining the amount of labor required to install the deck. Various trades can handle the construction of the deck with varying labor costs. If you build a wooden deck, a carpenter would be needed. If you build deck for your pool with other materials, you’ll need to hire other professionals like concrete specialists. Labor it’s normally charged per sq.ft. at a rate of $5 to $50 per sq.ft. Labor can be charged per hour depending on the professional doing the job. In the table below, you can find the most common pool sizes and the cost to install a deck around them.
|Pool Size||Deck Cost (Installed)|
|10 x 10||$800 - $9,000|
|12 x 24||$2,300 - $26,000|
|20 x 20||$3,200 - $36,000|
Pool Deck Cost by Material
When picking pool decking, you have many material options. Average cost for materials goes from $3 to $40 per sq.ft. Each type of material has its pros and cons. You’ll need to consider the area where the deck will be installed when choosing a material for it. Some forms of decking require more maintenance than others and a longer life span. Below is a table with common deck materials for pool areas and their costs per square foot for materials only.
|Pool Deck Materials||Cost per Sq.Ft. (Materials Only)|
|Wood||$3 - $30|
|Pavers||$6 - $8|
|Concrete||$6 - $10|
|Brick||$8 - $12|
|Rubber||$8 - $14|
|Composite||$8 - $16|
|Stone||$10 - $40|
|Aluminum||$12 - $13|
|Tile||$15 - $20|
|Stamped Concrete||$15 - $30|
Wood Pool Deck
The price of wood decking per sq.ft. varies from $3 to $30 per sq.ft., depending on the type of wood used. Simple yellow pine is the cheapest, but you can also opt to have your pool decking built out of pressure treated wood, cedar, ipe, mahogany, or modified wood. Modified wood has undergone a process referred to as controlled pyrolysis. This is a heat treatment with the absence of oxygen, making the wood undergo chemical changes, increasing its durability even when exposed to frequent water and inclement weather changes. Wood is attractive and, depending on the type, water resistant. However, some wood discolors when exposed to the weather. It can also rot and peel. A wood deck can be installed around either an in-ground or above-ground pool.
Pool Deck Pavers
Pavers range in price from $6 to $8 per sq.ft. You can purchase plain or stamped decorative pavers. They are highly attractive, versatile, and require very little maintenance. Before laying pavers, the ground usually requires some grading which adds to the cost of installation. Also, the pavers can break and crack. They are only good for in-ground use, so they can only be fashioned into a pool deck around an in-ground pool. Once installed, the pavers require a barrier. A deck fashioned from pavers can only be installed around an in-ground pool and requires ground preparation before installation.
Concrete Pool Deck
Laying a concrete deck for a pool costs $6 to $10 per sq.ft. The material is low maintenance and stays relatively cool to the feet when wet. It can also be fashioned with a texture, so it's non-slip. A concrete pool deck is only suitable for an in-ground pool because you cannot lay concrete around an above-ground pool because of the height. It can form cracks and chips. It has limited appearance choices. If left smooth, it can become slippery when wet. You can easily spray off the surface to keep it clean and looking good.
Brick Pool Deck
Brick pool decking is a popular option that averages $8 to $12 per square foot. The material is only suitable for use around an in-ground pool because you cannot lay brick around the perimeter of an above-ground pool that sits from four to six feet above the soil line. It is versatile and looks aesthetically pleasing. However, it requires extensive ground preparation to ensure that the bricks lay flat and even. With sun exposure, the bricks become hot underfoot. In wet or humid climates, moss and algae grow on the surface of the bricks, making them slippery, especially when wet.
Rubber Pool Deck
Rubberized pool decking averages $8 to $14 per sq.ft. The decking is very flexible and moves. It resists cracks and damage from thawing. A seamless coating is applied to prevent the growth of weeds. The non-slip material is ideal for use around an in-ground pool. You can pick from several colors that range from a matte to a dull finish. It is applied over a concrete slab. A distinct rubber smell lingers for several months after application. Once applied, the rubber takes about 24 to 48 hours to dry.
Composite Pool Deck
Composite pool decking averages $8 to $16 per sq.ft. It can easily be installed around either an above-ground or in-ground pool. It is very low maintenance. You can hose it off to keep the decking looking new. The material is also non-slip. You’ll want to shop around to find the correct type to use around a pool because some brands and types are not as water resistant as others. They can swell, making them appear unlevel. Also, a composite deck around a pool feels hot underfoot.
Stone Pool Deck
The price of stone pool decking 2 is $10 to $40 per sq.ft. depending on the type of stone. Stone is attractive, easy to maintain, and water resistant. You can select from a wide array of appearance and stone types. However, stones crack and chip. They develop a buildup of mold and mildew, making them slippery when wet. Dark shades absorb heat from sun exposure. The stones have to be laid into the ground or concrete. They are also subject to damage from ongoing freezing and thawing. Stone decking can only be installed around an in-ground pool and require ground preparation before installation.
Aluminum Pool Deck
Aluminum pool decking averages from $12 to $13. The decking material can be used around in-ground or above-ground pools. Depending on the decking used, it can be smooth, which can become slippery, or have a grooved or stamped appearance, which makes it less slippery when wet. The decking requires very little maintenance to look fantastic and lasts for years. Aluminum decks are three times stronger than wood and can easily last for decades with only minimal upkeep, such as regular cleaning.
Tiled Pool Area
The price of a tiled pool area deck varies from $15 to $20 per sq.ft., depending on the type of tile used. The cost of a deck for a pool made of travertine is fairly reasonable, making it a favored choice. Tiling the pool area is only suitable for in-ground pools because an above-ground pool sits four to six feet above the soil’s surface and requires a raised deck. Great care should be taken when picking a type of tile to use around a pool because some forms are very slippery. You’ll want a tile that offers some slip resistance. Also, the tiles can break or crack if you drop something on them. The tile requires ground preparation before laying, driving up the cost.
Stamped Concrete Pool Deck
The appearance of stamped concrete is very pleasing and averages about $15 to $30 per sq.ft. They are attractive, non-slip, and easy to maintain. However, stamped concrete pool decking is not suitable for an above-ground pool and can only be installed around in-ground pools because an above-ground pool sits four to six feet above the ground. Stamped concrete can crack, especially in areas with inclement weather where the soil freezes and thaws, causing heaving. It requires ground preparation and leveling before installation.
Pool Decking Prices by Type of Pool
Pool decking has an average cost of $3 to $40, depending on the type of pool you have. The type of pool you have influences the type of deck or surround you install. With an above-ground pool, your decking materials are more limited than with an in-ground pool because you have to build a platform deck around the pool’s perimeter. Decking for in-ground pools can easily be placed at ground level, so you climb down into the pool from the deck. Below is a table outlining the prices of in-ground and above-ground deck material per sq.ft.
|Pool Type||Decking Cost per Sq.Ft. (Materials Only)|
|Above-Ground||$3 - $30|
|In-Ground||$3 - $40|
Above-Ground Pool Deck
The average cost of decking for an above-ground pool ranges from $3 to $30 for material, depending on the type of wood or materials used. Above-ground pools may or may not have a deck. When they do, it is more similar to the deck on a house than a hardscaping one around an in-ground pool. Choices are more limited and are confined to materials good for “stick building” like wood, modified wood, and composites. Standard wood choices for above-ground pool decking include redwood, teak, cedar, or ipe, all known to repel water and not rot.
In-Ground Pool Deck
The deck price range for an in-ground pool varies from $3 to $40 for materials on average depending on the type chosen. With an in-ground pool, you have more options in picking decking materials. In-ground pool choices include concrete, pavers, tile, wood, composite, brick, rubberized decking, or high-end stone choices. The most popular decking choice remains for in-ground pools is concrete with a brushed or stamped surface to prevent slipping or precast pavers. However, homeowners also opt for stone tiles such as travertine, limestone, and sandstone to create a natural appearance.
Pool Deck Installation Cost
Pool deck installation prices range from $1,000 for a simple wood deck installation that requires no grading to $12,000 for the labor required to install hardscaping, leveling, and grading. Labor costs are typically added to the material expenses. A 12 x 24 foot in-ground pool deck fashioned from concrete costs around $5,000 for installation, leveling, grading, and preparation and $2,500 for materials making the total cost $7,500. Labor costs for building a deck for a pool vary greatly depending on the type of deck being built and its size. In many cases, the work is priced by the job because grading, leveling, and installation differ for the many types of pool area decks. These differences influence the basic costs.
Pool Deck Construction
The pool decking construction process of an above-ground pool will be not unlike the process of building a deck on your home. In this case, concrete supports are used to hold the beams from which the deck will be constructed. Your preferred decking will be installed on top. Many people opt to create a wood deck around the pool. However, you can also use aluminum decking or composite decking supported on a frame built around the pool. Usually, steps lead up to the deck since it sits above the ground like the pool.
In-ground pool decking is built differently. The ground around the pool must be graded to allow for proper drainage. This is usually done when the pool is installed but not always. Once the grading is complete, the installation depends on the material. Pavers, bricks, and stone install differently than wood or composites. Sometimes, aggregates may be added to the concrete to make it less slippery, but it will be left bare at other times. The process may take two days to two weeks, depending on the size, material, and deck style.
Pool Deck Replacement Cost
If you decide to replace an existing pool deck with a new one, you’ll need to remove the old deck. Removal costs between $500 and $1,000 for the demolition of the existing old deck and proper disposal of the old deck material. The cost to replace a pool area deck is the same as building a new deck for a pool, plus the cost of removing the old deck. First, the old deck is removed, and a new one is built in its place. In some cases, you might not need to regrade or level the site. This will save money with deck preparation when replacing an existing pool area deck.
Pool Deck Types
The right type of deck for your pool, you have several choices and designs that are really only limited by your imagination and landscape. While a splash deck is a fun addition for families with children, a side deck is often favored for lounging or as a location for outdoor gatherings. Your decision on a style of deck for your pool will be impacted by whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool. You can pick from a complete wrap around-pool deck to only a small size deck. Below, we will explore the different types of decking and why you might consider adding them to your pool and landscape design.
Side Pool Deck
Whether you have an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool, you can opt to install a side pool deck that runs along a single side of the pool. A side deck is a great place to lounge or spend family time. It is also ideal for getting in and out of the pool, so you don’t track debris and dirt into the pool water. Many people outfit a side deck with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, or barbecue area. Depending on the type of pool, either in-ground or above-ground, you can choose from various materials.
Splash Pool Deck
A splash pool deck is great for an in-ground pool. It’s a great place to sit poolside and feel like you are at the beach. The splash deck is typically placed at the shallow end of the pool, where kids like to play and splash. You can sit close to the children while they play. Most people pick a non-slip deck material when designing a splash deck for a pool because the area gets very wet, and children regularly run across the deck’s surface while playing.
Built In Pool Deck
Built in pool decking is typically a concrete, stone, or stamped concrete deck surrounding an in-ground pool. It is durable, clean, and virtually maintenance free. The deck surrounds the built in pool and becomes a visual part of the landscape. You can even build a gazebo, pergola, arbor, cabana, or pavilion on the built in deck for shade and create ambiance. Many people even have outdoor kitchens on their built-in pool area deck. The area can be as large or small as you need. You can also place a screen cover or lanai over the pool and deck.
Multi-Level Pool Deck
Multi-level pool decking can be fashioned around an in-ground pool if the terrain is not flat or used around an above-ground pool. Basically, a multi-level deck for a pool area has steps that transition in height. Some people even use a multi-level deck to hold up a pool slide and give it more lift for a better view of the pool and landscape. Multi-level decks are also excellent choices for small yards with pools because they add space or provide enough lift to enjoy a view of the surrounding landscape.
Elevated Pool Deck
An elevated pool deck is favored for an above-ground pool and is typically fashioned from wood or composite material. You can have the deck constructed so it is level with the pool’s side, giving it the illusion of being an in-ground pool. With an elevated deck that is flush to the rim of the above-ground pool, you do not need steps that lead up the side of the pool. Instead, the pool serves in much the same way as an in-ground pool. An elevated deck can hide the pool pump, pool sides, and hoses beneath the deck.
Wrap Around Pool Deck
An above-ground wrap around pool deck is usually fashioned from wood or composite. A wrap around deck is often used to wrap around an above-ground pool and give the illusion that it is an in-ground pool. The wrap around deck is suspended off the ground with piers and braces, so it hides the pool’s sides, tubing, and pump. You can install a wrap around deck around the perimeter of an in-ground pool to expand the deck space. A wrap around deck surrounding an in-ground pool is usually formed from concrete, pavers, brick, stone, tile, or some other hardscaping.
Pool Decks Pros and Cons
If you have an in-ground pool, a pool deck is a necessity. It facilitates proper drainage and creates a non-skid surrounding area to make it safer to navigate. Decks around above-ground pools are optional. Some people opt to have one at only one end for sunbathing or storing belongings, while others prefer to encase the entirety of their above-ground pool. Pool area decks in any situation have positive and negative attributes. They provide a safe passage around the pool and enhance the appearance of the area.
Decks for pool areas can be very decorative or plain in design, and many contribute to the hardscape and landscape of the yard. Many people look at travertine deck pros and cons when picking a deck around an in-ground pool. Travertine is very aesthetically pleasing. It handles temperature changes well. It is a porous stone, so it drains water well. It can be sensitive to some pool chemicals and may stain. When looking at marble deck pros and cons, you should remember that marble is a lovely rock, but it is slippery when wet. It requires very little maintenance. Remember, most deck materials require some maintenance. This may involve sealing or staining, which may require repair over time, particularly as the deck is exposed to chlorinated water and sun daily.
Pool Deck Maintenance
Every type of decking area around a pool requires some degree of maintenance, but the level varies depending on the material you choose. At a minimum, it is important to keep it clean and clear of debris. If your pool deck tends to grow moss, peel, chip, or warp, you need to inspect it regularly and clean or restain as necessary. Wood decks might require board replacement if there are areas of rot or breakage.
Some materials are more difficult to maintain than others. Pressure-treated wood requires regular scraping and staining, just like a house or deck. Many types of natural stone require regular sealing to protect them from the chlorine of the pool. Concrete may require patching over time if it develops cracks. Pavers of all kinds may need occasional replacement or repacking of joint materials. Your climate, how much use your pool gets, and how much sun or shade all play a role in how much maintenance your deck will ultimately need.
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Artificial Turf Around Pool
The price of artificial turf ranges from $5 to $7 per sq.ft. depending on the type of turf you choose. If you don’t like stepping from the pool onto a hard deck surface, you can use artificial turf. Artificial turf is a great stepping surface for a pool area deck. You can lay the artificial turf on a hard surface. Typically, artificial turf is sold in rolls, but some retailers sell it by the foot.
Pool Deck Lighting
The cost of pool deck lighting installed by an electrician costs around $50 to $60 per light. The lights let you walk around the pool at night and can even be used to swim when the sun starts setting. Most homeowners want to make the area around the pool safer at night and having adequate deck lighting helps.
Coping costs around $40 to $50 per linear foot. Pool coping is a tile ledge that you install around the perimeter of the pool. It is frequently made of concrete, stone, or brick and gives the pool a nice, finished shape. It is not generally used on its own, meaning that the pool still requires a deck. The pool coping and deck are designed to complement one another. Often, they are installed in coordinating materials or colors so that one simply fades into the other, giving you a seamless design.
Pool Deck Fence
The national average to install a pool fence ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the size and material, being metal the most common one. A pool deck fence is required in many areas for safety. Even if it is not required in your area, it is a good idea to install a fence around the pool to keep wandering pets and neighborhood children away from the water.
Cool Deck Coating
Having a cool decking coating installed on your concrete deck averages around $200. The coating is a great way to keep the concrete cool during the hot summer months. Even during the hottest days, the concrete feels cool to the touch with a coating of cool deck. The cool coating is usually painted or sprayed on the surface of a concrete deck.
Pool Deck Stairs
The cost to install stairs on an above-ground deck that surrounds your pool starts at about $400 for permanent steps. The steps are a great investment in your deck and let you reach the pool and get in and out easily. You can have a rail affixed to the permanent steps, or you can opt for no rail. Typically, permanent steps are made out of wood, but you can also have them fashioned from aluminum or other composite material.
Swimming Pool Island Platform
The average cost of a swimming pool island platform ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, depending on the size and type of materials used. A swimming pool island platform is often built on an in-ground pool. It is a platform that reaches out over the water’s surface. The swimming pool island platform is aesthetically pleasing. It is a great place to sunbathe or use to get in and out of the pool. Some people place potted plants on the platform to create an oasis-like feeling. You can even place a fireplace on the platform to enjoy the glow of the firelight at night.
Additional Considerations and Costs
- Slip proof surfaces. While no pool deck material can be considered safe to run on, for people with small children, adding aggregate to concrete makes it less slippery. Composites and woods offer a slightly softer landing for falls.
- Pool pavers. Most pool pavers only require occasional sealing. Because each paver is installed separately, they are easier to replace than slabs of concrete if cracks occur.
- Weed control. Weeds may grow between pavers, stone, and concrete tiles. This can be avoided by using a concrete slab.
- Dark deck materials. Dark materials, such as dark-colored wood or dark pavers, absorb heat and make the pool area deck very hot to the touch.
- Slip resistant material. Make sure that the material you choose is not overly coarse, uneven, or bumpy to avoid trips and falls.
- Heat reflective material. Using a heat-reflective material keeps the surface of the deck cooler on hot days.
- Pool liner. If you have a pool with a liner, you may want to install anchors in the deck or leave access so that the liner can be changed or removed without cutting the deck.
- Pool specialist. You do not need to use your pool builder to build the deck. While most can install a concrete or stone surround, you may get better or less expensive results by hiring a specialist.
- Deck replacement. If you need to repair or change your pool, it is generally easier to change your deck at the same time for less money.
- Do it yourself pool decking. Tackling the deck is difficult and should be handled by an experienced construction contractor to ensure that the decking is installed correctly at the right pitch for drainage.
- Excavation safety. Before digging to level the ground for a pool deck, you should call DigSafe (811) even if you dig only a few inches. DigSafe is a free national service that will notify the local utility companies in your area so they can check to make sure there are no buried utility lines.
- Curves can cost more. Having curved decking professionally installed can be higher than square and rectangular designs because it takes more time to install.
- Slopes. Certain decking materials such as brick, concrete, tile, and pavers require slope to ensure that water drains easily from the decking. The slope should be one-quarter inch for every lineal foot. It should slope away from the pool, so the debris and dirt flow away from the pool’s pristine water.
- How much does it cost to build a deck over a pool?
The cost to build a deck averages $6,750 to $8,000 for materials and labor.
- How much does it cost to build a 10 x 10 pool deck?
A 10 x 10 foot pool deck averages $800 to $9,000, depending on the materials.
- What is the cheapest pool decking?
Pine wood is the cheapest decking and averages only $3 per sq.ft.
- How much does a 12 x 24 deck cost?
A 12 x 24 pool deck averages between $2,300 and $26,000.
- How much does it cost to build a 20 x 20 deck?
The average cost to build a 20 x 20 deck is $3,200 to $36,000, costs vary greatly depending on the material.
- How much does a pool deck cost?
The average cost of a pool deck is around $7,500, but costs vary depending on the size and material.
- How much does a concrete pool deck cost?
The average concrete pool deck costs between $6,750 to $8,000 installed.
- What is the best deck material to use around a pool?
There is no single best material. Modified wood, stamped concrete pavers, and some stones all make good, low-maintenance choices.
- How much does it cost to resurface a pool deck?
Costs for resurfacing start at around $2,000 to $3,000, depending on the material, current condition, and size.
- Is stamped concrete slippery around a pool?
This depends on the pattern. Some are textured enough to provide grip, while others are smooth and slippery. Most people find stamped concrete makes an excellent pool deck.
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