Concrete vs. Interlocking Pavers for a New Pool Deck

“Which is better, concrete or interlocking paver pool decks?”

This is a great question, and the answer really depends on your budget and personal preference. Both stamped concrete and pavers are durable, relatively affordable, and look great. This is a big decision, as you will live with the result for many years. The team at Viking has decades of experience helping our customers decide which option makes the most sense for them.

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Paver Pool Deck Pros:

Beauty — Patio paver systems offer a huge variety of color, patterns and textures to customize the look and feel of your new pool deck.

Warranties — Man-made pavers often come with a lifetime warranty. If your paver fails, you simply replace that paver, which will still match the rest of the deck, whereas you would have to patch or replace entire sections of concrete.

Longevity —Pavers wear well, without requiring sealer or maintenance, so the long-term cost is much less than concrete. If an area settles, becomes stained or the paver itself fails, the affected area is re-leveled and replaced with no adverse effects and a minimal amount of time and materials to repair the problem.

Safety — Paver pool decks have a safety advantage. They are not slick (if left untreated), which helps reduce the chances of falling on slippery wet pool decks.

Interlocking Paver Cons:

Higher Purchase Price —The initial cost of a patio paver pool decks is higher than concrete due to cost of materials and labor up front.

Stamped Concrete Pros and Cons:

Cost – Usually priced $12–$16 per square foot depending on the region

Beauty – Many stamp patterns are available, seamless stone, slate, and flagstone patterns. You have a wide selection of colors to choose from as well. This mimics slate, flagstone, or brick for much lower cost.

Longevity – It is concrete, so it will crack at some point. Stamped concrete must be sealed every few years. The sealant protects it from the elements as well as pool chemicals like salt from salt water systems.

Safety – The surface can be slippery without the addition of an anti-skid agent mixed in with the sealer.

Building or remodeling a pool is a big project and choosing the right surface is the difference between choosing something that will last for decades or something that could crack or fade in far less time. In addition you have a decision to make about what you want your pool deck to look like? You may like stamped concrete or other pool decking options, the choice is yours.

Viking Pavers Pool Deck, Patio, and Driveway Paver Installations

If you’re considering redoing your patios, pool decks, walkways, or driveway with high quality interlocking pavers let Viking Pavers quote your job. Our prices are often lower than competitors and we have a long history of outstanding installation quality, great reviews, and examples of our work to prove we are a great local, Bay Area paver company for your job.