Dress Up Your Pool

When the deck around your pool looks like the sidewalk, it doesn’t need to stay that way. There are ways to dress up the entire area, and when money is the object, you can find ways to make it more attractive.

You can install interlocking tiles on top of the cement, but many are also laid on pea gravel or even on hard-packed surface. Before you install the tile on bare earth make sure the ground is level without bumps or holes. Then place a weed-controlled mat under the tile. There are many colors of tile you could use to match your home decor, or contrast it with a polymer base wood tile. For tile around the pool, use a jigsaw to cut the square tiles to conform.

Tile is not the cheapest, and another quicker way would be to use pool deck paint that’s manufactured especially for pool decks. Most pool deck paint is acrylic and cleans up with water. The paint protects your deck from the sun and other harsh temperatures.

The paints come in a variety of colors, and they normally come with non-slip or skid properties as well. If the manufacturer doesn’t supply it, you can also add sand or pumice to the paint before you apply it.

Whichever types of upgrades you use to dress up your pool deck, the ones listed are easy to achieve for most DIY’ers. Not only do they dress up your back yard, but they help to keep your yard looking good for years to come.

Another thing you could do would be to invest in pots or leave an area where you could add plants.

You’ve already spent a lot on the pool itself, so now finish the job so your yard will be complete. There are many professionals out there that can get the job done in a lot less time than you can. They may be able to give you more advice how you can make the area more usable and attractive and still be within your budget.

Go online and search for a local professional. Find one who will come to your home and give you a free estimate. They know the ins and outs of landscaping. They can tell you what works best in your area, and what won’t work. For instance you don’t want plants planted in dirt close to the pool area. They will also tell you the plants indigenous to your area. You can always use either or all of the ideas listed above, and you alone can needs to decide.