No swimming pool is complete without pavers, but you need the right stone for maximum visual impact and functionality. A durable pool paver should withstand the pressures of constant exposure to chlorine, salt, water, and chemicals. It shouldn’t get too hot under the sun or slippery under wet feet. Bonus points if it integrates well into the rest of your outdoor space.

With so many options in the market, it can be a little tough to find the right option for your pool deck. To make your buying journey easier, we’ve rounded up the 4 best pool pavers to put around your pool.

best pavers for pool deck

Travertine

Travertine combines aesthetic perks with practical advantages such as non-slip surface and extreme durability. The stonework, decked in a range of styles and striking colors, will look stunning alongside your pool in both outdoors and indoor environments. In terms of safety, travertine features a porous surface that instantly absorbs water, leaving the surface practically non-slip.

If heat is a problem where you live, then travertine pavers may be an excellent choice because of their insulative value. Travertine reflects the heat from sun rays while simultaneously absorbing the cool of the ground underneath it. This ensures it never gets blazing hot even on the hottest days of the summer.

Make sure you get matching swimming pool edging to finish the look of your pool paving.

Bluestone

Bluestone is trending in most landscaping projects and is widely used for pool sides. It’s incredibly versatile and brings a range of functional and aesthetic values that are hard to match. For starters, bluestone has an incredibly dense composition that makes it durable than other options. This allows bluestone to bear harsh weather conditions.

Bluestone features naturally rough textures that minimize accidents related to wet feet. It is worth noting that the lifespan of your bluestone paver depends on how well it’s sealed. If not sealed properly, the bluestone will get damaged over time due to heavy foot traffic and stain. You shouldn’t cut corners when laying out bluestone for your pool deck. 

Limestone

Limestone is naturally quarried with a range of beautiful warm colors, making it an excellent choice as pool pavers. In terms of visuals, limestone is decked in solid colors with fewer variations and striations compared to other stones. Because limestone has naturally hardened over time under extreme pressure and heat, it’s more durable and denser than other options on the market.

Just like bluestone and travertine, limestone needs to be properly sealed for longevity. It also requires regular maintenance to remove dirt from the surface and maintaining the stone’s natural beauty. That being said, maintenance isn’t difficult because of limestone’s smoother surface.

All in all, it combines durability, aesthetics, and functionality but does come at a slightly higher price point.

Granite

Granite paving stone is exceptionally durable allowing application in tough environments. It’s most defining feature is longevity – among the world’s oldest sculpture pieces and structures are made exclusively of granite. Most prominent structures, such as the Elgin Marbles, stood the test of time. This explains why granite remains the go-to paving material for landscaping contractors, stonemasons, and property owners around the world.

In terms of visuals, granite paving complements both traditional and contemporary décor. It’s tight-grained with an even texture that makes it ideal in modern designs. In terms of safety, the granite stones feature an anti-slip flame finish that prevents slips due to wet feet.

To wrap things up, you couldn’t go wrong with either of the above-mentioned stones. Just make sure to get in touch with experienced professionals because the longevity and success of your project depend on who does the installing.

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