22 May 2023
Summertime calls for a refreshing dip in your backyard pool. It’s the perfect place to unwind with family, work out and beat the blazing heat. But, before you take the plunge, ensure your pool deck is ready. Most of us don’t pay attention to our pool area during the off-season months, so it takes a little extra effort to make it look sparkling clean and summer ready again. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this blog, we’ll discover how to dazzle up your pool area, from cleaning to beautifying the landscape, we’ve got everything covered. So, let’s dive in!
Pool areas are the most forgotten part of our homes during the winter season. They get covered with dust, debris and dry leaves. So, this is where we need to start to get for a splash. Take off the cover and clean it thoroughly before storing it in an appropriate place. You can use a pool net to scoop out dry leaves. A vacuum cleaner works great to clean the bottom of the pool. You can use a hose with high-pressure water to clean the debris or any other tough stains. A pool brush can effectively scrub the base and sides of the pool. Also, you will need to call a professional to clean the pool filter to ensure proper water filtration. Your pool can be cleaned in two ways, either with a manual vacuum or with an automatic pool cleaner. Both are equally effective; you can make your choice depending on the size of your swimming pool. If you’re short on time, then an automatic one is your best bet.
Give a good look at your pool to assess its current condition. This will tell you how much renovation is required. Check for leaks, cracks or any other situation that calls for repair. Check if your pool tiles or pool pavers need an upgrade or an annual sealing service. Calling a professional pool installer is the best option to fix any issues or install new pavers. Also, check the pool equipment for proper functioning.
If your pavers have chips and cracks or your pool area needs a modern upgrade, spend enough time researching the different types of pool pavers and pool tiles available. Consider the overall design theme of your space and choose a material that complements your pool style and design preference. Evaluate factors such as durability, safety and maintenance as well.
If you're thinking of creating a tranquil white look around your pool, Indiana White Limestone and Navona Limestone fit the bill. Both these stones, with their neutral and pale white colours, make a remarkable difference to your pool ambience.
Travertine pool pavers will be ideal for those looking for a cool feeling underfoot during the hot summer days. Argento anti-slip pavers bring a modern and luxurious elegance to pool decks. There are plenty of options to choose from. You can explore our complete range of pool pavers here.
Installing pool pavers perfectly is essential to achieve the desired look for your space. Hire a professional installer who will do the job with finesse.
Once your pavers are in place, the next step is to replenish the water. If the water level in your pool is low, use a hose or other water source to bring it back to the appropriate level. The water should reach halfway up the skimmer opening. Check the water health with a reliable pool water testing kit. Ensure that pH level, chlorine, alkalinity and calcium hardness are within the recommended range. This is important for water clarity, sanitation and the comfort and enjoyment of swimmers. Create a healthy and pleasant swimming environment by using pool–friendly materials and substances to disinfect the water and prevent bacteria and algae growth.
Add high amounts of chlorine to clean the water and destroy any remaining contaminants such as bacteria and algae. Signs that your pool needs shocking are when the water turns cloudy, greenish or odorous. This process is also called super chlorination. During the season, when the pool is in regular use, it is recommended to shock the pool every week. You must wait for twenty-four hours before re-entering the pool after shocking.
Clean water is essential to enjoy a pleasant swimming experience. Ensure the pool pump is running efficiently for proper water circulation and filtration. Run the pump for a sufficient duration, depending on the size of your pool. When performing a major cleaning treatment, such as for algae, running the pump at night is recommended.
Once your pool is ready for the season, you must follow a simple maintenance routine to keep your pool sparkling clean throughout the season. This will include cleaning or vacuuming, monitoring water quality and super chlorinating. It is recommended to fix a routine for all of these functions. Also, it is essential to reseal your pool pavers periodically to maintain their appearance and life.
Once you’ve checked and ensured the functionality of your pool area, you can focus on enhancing the landscape around your pool. It’s easy to convert your pool deck into a tropical oasis. Add some lush green plants suitable for the season. You can go with palm trees or season-apt colourful flowers to brighten the area with tropical vibes. Ensure to water them as per their specific requirements.
During summertime, you’ll spend the maximum time outdoors, lounging by the pool. So, it makes sense to invest in stylish and comfortable outdoor furniture. Some material options to consider are wood, cane, iron and natural stone. The material you choose should be durable that can withstand outdoor conditions. Consider how you would like to use the space before choosing your furniture style. Go for lounge chairs or pool chairs if you want to relax and soak up the sun. If you have an outdoor kitchen near the pool, an outdoor dining set where you can enjoy family mealtime will be more suitable. If you have a patio area facing the pool invest in comfortable sofas or chairs. Throw some cushions to complete the look. Install umbrellas, pergolas, and retractable canopies to protect yourself from the harsh summer sun and the risk of sunburn.
Well-lit pathways, pool steps and seating areas around the pool evoke a vibrant ambience and can help extend your pool time till the evening into the night. There are plenty of options to choose from, such as built-in LED lights, string lights, and colourful lantern lights. Along with brightening up your pool area, it will add functionality and safety to your space.
A spectacular-looking pool area is a great focal point for summer pool parties and weekend gatherings. Flaunt your pool area with functional pool accessories such as towel racks. Kids love to have a ball in the pool, so consider having a poolside storage unit for floats, toys and pool games. To make a lasting impression add soothing water features by the pool such as fountains or waterfalls. We guarantee the compliments will not stop flowing!
Last but not least, if you have kids, elderly or pets in the house, you should take additional steps to ensure their safety around the pool. One excellent way is to install a pool fence around your pool. There are three types of fencing options available in the market – Aluminium, Glass and customised.
If you're looking for safety without spending too much, you can go for Aluminium. It is cheap and easy to care for and maintain. Not very appealing on its own but you can add plants around the fence to soften the look. Glass is a more expensive and visually appealing choice. It gives a beautiful and rich look to your pool surroundings. You can also go for customised options using different types of materials to suit your style, budget and preference.
Another way to enhance your pool safety is to add pool copings around your pool. They offer functionality as well as bring elegance to your pool surroundings. Coping stones cover the edges of the pool and provide a safe surface for swimmers. While getting inside or exiting the pool, copings minimise the chances of injuries.
Pool Copings come in two stunning styles. Drop Edge and Bullnose. Drop Edge pool copings form a 90-degree vertical drop giving a sleek look to pool areas. Bullnose copings on the other hand have rounded edges and add a softer. A wide range of coping is available in natural stone materials such as Travertine, Limestone, Marble and Granite. So, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Everybody has different design preferences, but one thing is common; we all love our pool time in the summer. So, it's important to consider how you want to enjoy the pool area. Whether you are looking for a simple space to lounge or a stunning oasis to entertain friends and family, first getting your pool ready for the season is essential. Of course, a well-landscaped pool area will be the cherry on the cake and give your home an extra sense of luxury. Not to forget, the flattering compliments every time someone visits. With the ideas and tips shared above, we hope you've got a jump start on planning your pool.
If you’re looking for customised solutions or can’t decide on the right look for your space, we’re there to help you. Reach out to our stone experts for the best advice and recommendations on pool pavers and outdoor pavers.
*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.