The weather is warming up in Pennsylvania, which means many homeowners and home buyers are weighing their options about the safety and functionality of their outdoor spaces.

For families with small children, families with seniors or any family who prioritizes safety, the pool decking material surrounding the pool needs to both look nice and be safe for swimmers.

Pool decking should provide a safe surface to walk when wet and should never scorch the bottom of your feet from excess sun absorption. It should also go with the design of the home. Below are pool decking options that check both boxes.


Concrete is one of the most common choices for pool decking because it’s water resistant. Its many benefits include its affordability, easy maintenance and durability. For those looking for a contemporary home, concrete will fit right in with that type of architecture.


Stone pool decking is excellent for those looking to choose from many design options. It’s a more upscale looking decking choice, and it’s comfortable to walk on with its smooth texture. From Quartzite, Sandstone, Limestone, Travertine and many more. Stone is a great option for pool decking.


Certain types of tile are viable options for pool decking. However, glazed tile can be extremely dangerous when wet. If going with tile, choose a more textured, unglazed tile like porcelain tile, which is slip resistant.

Brick Pavers

Although installation can be time consuming, brick pavers are a durable pool decking material that lends itself to a classic style for your outdoor living space. Brick pavers are made of concrete or stone and can easily be replaced if they ever crack. Another benefit is they can be configured into many design styles.


Wood or composite wood can be used as a pool decking material that is very easily maintained. Real wood needs to be stained and sealed and composite wood, the more expensive option, won’t fade or splinter.


Note: These tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. Harrisburg home inspectors Dan Ayers and Scott Ayers, like all Housemaster home inspectors, have extensive training and certifications and are tested annually to meet the industry standards of continuing education, inspection, reporting, and customer service. As part of the oldest and most trusted nationwide home inspection business, Dan and Scott have been able to put their decade long experience in fire and water property restoration and their passion for customer service to good use in the professional home inspection process. Request an inspection today!