Wood and tiles are the most common materials used to surround the pool. There are other options that even make work significantly easier.© Eléonore H - Fotolia.com
Lying by the pool, dangling your legs in the water and switching off from everyday life - there is nothing nicer after a hard day's work. In addition to soothing music, a few green plants, the perfect idyll also includes the optimal pool surround. After all, the pool as a whole should fit into the entire appearance or even stand out due to the special look.
There are now several options for the pool border. But this also includes material that is less suitable as a pool border than others. Some require more intensive care, others need more caution. Here everyone has to decide for himself which material is the right one according to his conditions.
Here is the overview with the most common methods and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
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Tiles are probably the most commonly used pool surround in the past. There are countless designs and shapes, so everyone will surely find the right one for their taste.
A little hint: Did you know that there are already exterior tiles with a wood look (see archiexpo.de)?
The disadvantage of tiles, however, is that they are very slippery when they get wet. And that is essential for the pool. Fast running or romping around while swimming is taboo to avoid injuries.
There are also some things to consider when installing the substructure and laying. We therefore strongly recommend that you consult a professional. Another disadvantage is that tiles are quite susceptible to frost. So it can happen that the tiles break after a very cold winter, even in spite of the "frost-resistant" warning.
Natural stone:© Cara-Foto - Fotolia.com
A slightly better or more resistant variant is natural stone. This material is not only easy to care for, but also resilient. Natural stones with a porous surface are most suitable, such as:
Natural stone for outdoors is also roughened for safety reasons. This state is achieved through various methods.
- chemotechnical treatment
The most popular for the pool border is travertine as a natural stone (seen on wohnrausch.net). This stone has open cavities in different sizes. These ensure that the heat is better stored. In addition, the stone creates a Mediterranean flair with its look and thus conjures up a holiday mood in your own garden.
Wood:© Luis Viegas - Fotolia.com
Most people prefer to integrate wood into their garden. It exudes comfort, warmth and has a natural effect - perfect as a pool surround you could think. Unfortunately, it is not quite like that. Wood is not just wood. As a pool border, you should use wood that does not splinter and has a certain resistance to moisture and other weather conditions.
Exotic and local woods are available for selection. The exotic woods such as teak and Bangkirei are robust and resistant to pests. The downside, however, is that not only are they fairly difficult to get, they also require a lot of maintenance. After all, you do not want to renew the pool border within the next few years.
Douglas fir and larch are the most popular for domestic woods. The two varieties are resistant to fungi and insect attack. They do not have to be treated chemically and are therefore 100 percent biodegradable later.
The disadvantage of both varieties is that the wood loses its reddish brown color the longer it is exposed to the weather. After a long time, however, a noble silver gray develops. Whether you like it or not is of course a matter of taste.
" My advice: If you still want to use exotic wood, you should definitely pay attention to the FSC seal (more information on fsc-deutschland.de).
Incidentally, wood heats up considerably in intense sunlight. In the area of the pool, this can sometimes lead to "burning" feet.
WPC:© southmind - Fotolia.com
The material WPC has become a major “competitor” to wood. This is a composite material made of wood and plastic (WPC = Wood Plastic Composit). These wooden planks are made up of approximately 60 percent wood and 40 percent plastic. However, due to the high proportion of plastic, many raw materials and energy are required during production. In contrast to pure wood, however, this material is very easy to maintain, long-lasting and largely splinter-free. So there is no need to fear injuries.
WPC is technically manufactured and therefore you have a large selection of colors available. However, the WPC planks are only available in one color - a typical wood design is therefore not possible.
You should also keep in mind that WPC planks heat up even more than normal wood.
Resysta:© 2015 Resysta International
Resysta is a material that is still relatively unknown. This is a 100 percent ecological product. It consists mostly of rice husks. In its properties it is very similar to the WPC (comparison on wpc-terrassendielen.eu). It is also splinter-free, weatherproof and fungus-resistant.
The probably decisive advantage over WPC is the optics. Resysta is visually much closer to wood than WPC. It can also be painted and oiled as required. In addition, this natural product does not heat up and does not absorb water at all. It is therefore impossible for the planks to swell.
Resysta is still easy to assemble. You only need commercially available wooden tools.
Paving stones:© Kurhan - Fotolia.com In addition to wood, tiles, etc., you can also surround the pool with paving stones. With the right choice of paving stones, you can also create a Mediterranean flair or even connect your terrace to the pool without using any additional material.
If you want to surround your pool with paving stones, you should make sure that the substructure is selected correctly. In this case, please ask a professional for help.