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Top 5 Tips for Pool Decks

March 11, 2015

Want to build a timber deck around your pool? Here are our top five tips for constructing a pool deck:

1. Choose your decking timber carefully.
Pool decks are regularly splashed by chemical-laden water, and are often exposed to full summer sun and wild winter weather, so it’s important to choose a timber that will cope with these extreme conditions. What is the best timber for a pool deck in Perth? We recommend using Merbau or Spotted Gum timber in the Perth area, as these are durable, Class 1 hardwoods that are resistant to rot. We do not recommend using pine decking boards, as pine is a softwood that does not last long in a pool-side setting.

2. Select fixings that stand the test of time.
Choose quality screws and fasteners that are corrosion-free and rust-resistant, and can handle the tough conditions in your pool area. At the Timber Decking Supply Shed, we stock a range of stainless steel and galvanised fixings that are ideal for pool decks.

3. Consider drainage and ventilation.
In order to keep your deck looking great, make sure your design allows water to drain away easily from the pool area. Try to create a gentle fall away from the edge of the pool, ensure your deck has sufficient ventilation (we recommend a minimum of 300mm ground clearance) and lay your decking boards with a 5mm gap between them to encourage air circulation.

4. How will you meet fencing requirements?
It is important to think about how you will comply with pool fencing regulations. Does the fencing need to be attached to the deck in any way? Think about whether you need to strengthen the deck to carry the weight of the fencing, or place your boards to ensure the fencing can be attached. A little planning now can save a lot of time later.

5. Apply a good quality sealer.
Once your deck has been completed, make sure you apply a high quality sealant or oil to protect your pool deck from the harsh effects of salt or chlorinated water, and to shield it from the hot summer sun. We recommend using the Timber Decking Supply Shed Timber Restorer and Sealer water-based sealant to extend the life of your pool deck.

So there you have it, our Top 5 Tips for building pool decking!

If you have any questions about how to build a pool deck in Perth, give our friendly team a call here at the Timber Decking Supply Shed. We stock everything you need to build a beautiful timber pool deck, and offer free advice on how to get started.

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