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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Pool Deck?

March 07, 2024

When it comes to pool decks, most people don’t think of a wooden house deck. Instead, it is the hardscape around the pool. It can be made of wood or composite decking material, or it can be made of stone, concrete, or tile. People walk on top of the pool deck without slipping, which is better for their feet and keeps the pool water clean. This is because you will not bring dirt, grass, and other things into the pool. It also helps the area drain properly and is a great place to party or relax by the pool.

Concrete decking around a 12-by-24-foot inground pool, including leveling the ground, can cost between $6,800 and $8,000. Most people pay around $7,500. The average cost of laying a wood deck in an already leveled area around a pool is about $3,000. Going for the high end, laying a stone deck with lights and leveling will cost around $26,000.

Pool Deck Price

Pool Deck Cost
National average cost $7,500
Average range$6,750-$8,000

How Much Does a Pool Deck Cost Per Square Foot?

Depending on the materials used, the price of a pool deck can range from $3 to $40 per square foot. This price does not include any work or additional services such as leveling the ground. It only includes the cost of the materials.

In most cases, you will need to figure out the price per square foot and then figure out how many people it will take to build the deck. The cost of labor to build a deck varies from industry to industry. For example, it takes a carpenter to build a wooden deck. If you want to build a deck for your pool out of other materials, you will need to hire other professionals.

Labor rates are usually charged per square foot and range from $5 to $50 per square foot. Depending on the builder, labor rates may also be charged by the hour. The most common pool sizes and the cost of building a deck around a pool are shown below.

Pool SizeDeck Cost (Installed)
10 x 10 $800 – $9,000
12 x 24$2,300 – $26,000
20 x 20$3,200 – $36,000

Cost of Different Types of Pool Deck Materials

You can choose from a number of different pool deck materials. In most cases, materials cost between $3 and $40 per square foot. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Before choosing a material for your pool deck, you should consider what it will be used for. Different types of decks require different levels of maintenance and have varying lifespans. The following table shows the price per square foot for some of the common deck materials used around pools.

Pool Deck MaterialsCost per Sq.Ft. (Materials Only)
Wood $3 – $30
Pavers$6 – $8
Concrete$6 – $10
Brick$8 – $12
Rubber$8 – $14
Composite$8 – $16
Stone$10 – $40
Aluminum$12 – $13
Tile$15 – $20
Stamped Concrete$15 – $30

Wooden Decks

Depending on the type of wood used, wood decks can cost anywhere from $3 to $30 per square foot. While simple yellow pine is the cheapest option, you can also make a pool deck out of cedar, ipe, mahogany, or modified wood.

Modified lumber undergoes “controlled pyrolysis,” a method that changes the properties of the wood itself. This is a heating process that does not use oxygen. The wood is chemically altered to last longer, even with regular exposure to water and harsh weather.

Wood looks beautiful and different types of wood possess different benefits. However, some woods can change color in the air and can flake and rot. You can lay wood decking around an in-ground or above-ground pool.


Pool Deck Pavers

Pavers cost between $6 and $8 per square foot. You can purchase plain or patterned decorative tiles. They look great, can be used in many ways, and don’t require much maintenance.

Before laying pavers, the ground usually needs to be leveled, which adds to the cost of installation. Pavers can also crack and break. Because pavers are only suitable for above-ground pools, they should only be used to pave the deck around an above-ground pool. After paving, the bricks need a barrier layer. Decks made of brick can only be installed around in-ground pools and the ground must be prepared first.

Concrete Pool Decks

Concrete decking around a pool costs $6 to $10 per square foot. This material does not require much maintenance and stays cool when wet feet are present. It can also be made rougher and less slippery.

Because above-ground pools are so high, it is not possible to put concrete around the pool. Therefore, concrete pool decking is only suitable for in-ground pools. It can develop cracks and chips and has a rather one-dimensional appearance. It can be slippery when it rains if you keep it smooth. Concrete decks are very easy to clean and you can easily spray the surface of the deck to keep it clean and looking good.

Brick Pool Decks

Brick pool decks are a popular option and cost about $8 to $12 per square foot. Brick cannot be laid on the edge of an above-ground pool that is four to six feet above the ground, so this material can only be used around in-ground pools.

This material can be used for many things and looks great. However, in order to ensure that the bricks are laid flat, the ground must be prepared very carefully. When the bricks are exposed to the sun, they can be very hot to walk on. In wet areas, moss and algae can grow on the surface of the bricks, making them slippery.


Rubber Pool Decking

Rubber pool decking costs an average of $8 to $14 per square foot. This material is very bendable and can be moved around. It will not crack or break after thawing. Weeds can’t grow because of the seamless mulch on top.

This material is non-slip, making it ideal for use around in-ground swimming pools. There are a variety of colors to choose from and finishes range from matte to dull. It is laid on top of a piece of concrete. A strong rubbery odor lasts for months after use. It takes 24 to 48 hours for the rubber to dry after laying.

Composite Pool Decking

Most composite decking material pool decks cost between $8 and $16 per square foot. It is easy to lay around an above-ground pool or an inground pool. It doesn’t require much maintenance. Just hose it off and the deck will look brand new. Plus, this material won’t be slippery.

You should shop around for composite decking that is suitable for use around your pool. because some brands and types of composite decking boards are not very waterproof. In addition, composite decking has a wide range of color and finish options that will work well for your different pool deck design needs.

Pool Stone Decking

Depending on the type of stone, pool stone decks can cost between $10 and $40 per square foot. Stone looks great, is easy to keep clean, and won’t be damaged by water. You can choose from many different styles and types of stone.

However, stone can crack and chip, and dark colors can absorb the sun’s heat. Mold can grow on the stone, and the stone can become slippery when wet. You must place the stone on concrete or ground. Constant freezing and warming can also damage them. Stone decks should only be laid around in-ground pools and the ground must be prepared first.


Aluminum Pool Decks

Most aluminum pool decks cost between $12 and $13. You can lay this type of deck around an inground pool or an above-ground pool. If you use the wrong type of decking, it may be smooth and easy to slip on, or it may have grooves or marks that make it less slippery when wet.

This decking material can last for many years and does not require much maintenance. Aluminum decks are three times stronger than wood decks and can last for decades with just a little maintenance, such as frequent cleaning.

Pool Tile Decks

Different types of tile decks cost between $15 and $20 per square foot. Pool decks made of travertine are popular because the cost of this type of deck is good value for money. Since above-ground pools are four to six feet above the ground, a raised deck is needed. Therefore tile decks should only be used around in-ground pools.

If you want to install tiles around your pool, you should be very careful because some tiles are very slippery. You will need a tile that is less likely to be slippery. Also, if something falls on the tiles, they may break. The cost will also increase because the ground must be prepared before the tiles are laid.

Molded Concrete Pool Decks

Stamped concrete looks great and costs between $15 and $30 per square foot. They are attractive, slip-resistant, and easy to maintain. However, like some other pool decks, stamped concrete pool decks can only be laid around inground pools.

Stamped concrete can crack, especially where the ground freezes and thaws frequently, which can cause the ground to bulge. The ground must be leveled and prepared prior to installation.


Pricing a Pool Deck Based on the Type of Pool

Depending on the type of pool, pool decks can cost anywhere from $3 to $40. The type of deck or decking you put around your pool depends on the type of pool.

Since you have to build a platform deck around the perimeter of an above-ground pool, you can’t use as many decking materials as you can for an inground pool. For in-ground pools, pool decks can easily be installed above ground. This allows you to access the pool from the deck. Material prices for in-ground and above-ground decks are shown in the table below.

Above Ground Pool Decks

Deck materials for above-ground pools usually cost between $3 and $30. The price depends on the type of wood or material used. Above-ground pools may or may not have a deck. If it does, it looks more like a deck on a house than a hardscape area around an in-ground pool.

There are fewer materials to choose from for above-ground pool decks, they are lumber, modified lumber, and composite decking materials. Composite decking, redwood, teak, and ipe are all common types of materials used for above-ground pool decks. This is because they all have good water and mold resistance.

Inground Pool Decks

Depending on the type chosen, the cost of materials for an inground pool deck can range from about $3 to $40. If you have an inground pool, you can choose from a wider range of deck materials. You can build an inground pool with concrete, pavers, tile, wood, composite decking material, brick, rubberized decking, or high-grade stone.

Concrete with a brushed or stamped finish is still the most popular deck material around inground pools. However, some people will opt for stone tiles such as travertine, limestone, and sandstone to give the deck a more natural look.


Cost of building a pool deck

The cost to build a pool deck ranges from $1,000 for a simple wood deck that does not require leveling to $12,000 to install hardscape, leveling, and grading. Often, labor is added to the cost of materials.

Installation, leveling, grading, and preparation of a 12-foot by 24-foot concrete in-ground pool deck costs about $5,000, plus $2,500 for materials, for a total of $7,500.

The cost of labor to fabricate a pool deck depends greatly on the type and size of the deck. For the most part, the work is done on a pay-as-you-go basis. This is because different types of pool area decks may require different leveling, grading, and installation. Therefore, the cost of installing a pool deck can be affected by these factors.

Pool Deck Construction

The process of constructing an above-ground pool deck is very similar to the process of building a house deck. In this case, the beams used to build the deck are held in place by concrete supports. The boards you choose will be installed on top. Many people choose to build decks around their pools using wood.

However, you can also use aluminum decking or composite decking, which are supported by framing around the pool. Some pool decks have steps leading up to the pool because the deck is above ground as is the pool.

Decks that surround in-ground pools are different. The ground around the pool needs to be level so that the water can drain properly. This is usually done when setting up the pool, but not always. Once the leveling is complete, the location of the pavers will depend on the material.

Laying pavers, brick, and stone is different than laying wood or composite decking. Many times, cobblestones are added to the concrete to make it less slippery. Other times, the concrete is left as is. There are different types of decking, so the whole process can take anywhere from two days to two weeks.

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How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Pool Deck?

Before a new pool deck can be laid, the old pool deck needs to be removed. The cost to remove the old deck and make sure the material is properly discarded can range from $500 to $1,000. The cost of installing a new deck around the pool is the same as the cost of building the new deck, plus the cost of removing the old deck.

Remove the old deck first, then build the new one. Sometimes, you may not need to re-grade or level the site. This will save you money on deck planning when you need to replace the deck around your pool.

Different Types of Pool Decks

When it comes to choosing the right type of deck for your pool, the only thing that can stop you is your imagination and the shape of your yard. Splash decks are great fun for families with children. But most people prefer a side deck for relaxing or hosting outdoor events.

Your choice of pool deck style depends on whether your pool is above or below ground. You can choose a deck that surrounds the perimeter of the pool or a smaller deck. We’ll go over the different types of decks and why you should use them around your pool and in your yard.


Side Pool Decks

Yes, whether you have an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool, you can add a poolside deck to one side of your pool. You can relax or spend time with your family on the side deck. It’s also a great place to get in and out of the pool so you don’t bring dirt and hair into the water.

Many people will have an outdoor cooking area, fireplace area, or barbecue area on their side deck. You can choose different deck materials depending on the type of pool (inground or above ground).

Splash Pool Deck

A splash pool deck is a great option for an inground pool. Sitting poolside makes it feel like you’re at the beach. In most pools, splash pool decks are located in the shallow end. This is because children love to play and splash around in this area.

You can sit very close to the kids and watch them play. When making a splash deck for a pool, most people choose a non-slip material because the area is very wet and children often run across the deck while playing.

Built-in Pool Decks

A built-in pool deck is usually a concrete, stone, or stamped concrete deck that surrounds an inground pool. It’s sturdy, easy to clean, and doesn’t require much maintenance. The deck surrounds the built-in pool and blends in with the surrounding scenery.

On a built-in deck, you can even build a gazebo, pergola, cabana, or patio for added shade and style. Many people even build outdoor kitchens on the deck around the pool. The space can be as large or small as you like. Screens or porches can also be added to pools and decks.


Multi-level Pool Decks

If the ground is not level, you can build a multi-level pool deck around an in-ground or above-ground pool. Essentially, a multi-level crossing in a pool area consists of steps that get lower as you go up. Some people even slide down pool slides on multi-level decks to get a better view of the pool and patio.

Multi-level decks are also great for small yards with pools. This is because they can add space or give you enough height to enjoy the view.

Elevated Pool Decks

For above-ground pools, an elevated pool deck is best. These decks are usually made of wood or composite decking material. The deck can be built flush with the side of the pool to make it look like an inground pool.

If your above-ground pool has an elevated deck that is flush with the side of the pool, you won’t need steps on the side of the pool. The pool works more like an above-ground pool. The pool pump, pool edge, and plumbing can be hidden underneath the raised deck.

Surround Pool Decks

In most cases, above-ground wrap-around pool decks are made of wood or composite decking material. To make an above-ground pool look like an in-ground pool, a wrap-around deck is often used to surround the pool.

The deck wraps around the outside of the pool and is supported by piers and supports. This hides the sides of the pool, pipes, etc. Wrap-around decks can be added to the outside of an inground pool to make the deck area larger. In most cases, concrete, pavers, brick, stone, tile, or other hardscape will be used to make a deck that wraps around an inground pool.


Pros and Cons of Pool Decks

If you have an inground pool, a pool deck is essential. It helps the water drain properly and makes the surrounding area non-slip, which makes it safer to walk on. For above-ground pools, on the other hand, a pool deck is not a required option.

Some people choose to build a deck on just one end of their above-ground pool for sunbathing or storage. While others prefer to surround the entire pool. Either way, pool area decks have their own pros and cons. They make the pool area look nicer and provide a safe way for people to move around the pool.

Decks around pools can be very elaborate or very simple. And many decks add to the landscape of the yard. Many people consider the pros and cons of travertine decking before choosing a deck for their inground pool. Travertine is very beautiful to look at. It copes well with weather changes. Since it is made of stone, it drains well.

Certain pool chemicals may harm travertine, and travertine may stain. It is important to remember that marble is a beautiful rock, but can be dangerous when wet. Keep in mind that most deck materials require maintenance. This can mean sealing or staining that may need to be repaired over time, especially since decks are exposed to sunlight and chlorinated water on a daily basis.


Pool Deck Maintenance

All outdoor areas around your pool will require some maintenance, but the amount of maintenance depends on the deck material you choose. At the very least, it should be kept clean and free of debris. You should always inspect your pool deck and clean or repair it if it begins to moss, peel, chip or warp. For wooden decks, if the boards are rotting or broken, they may need to be replaced with new ones.

Some things are harder to hold onto than others. Just like a house or deck, pressure-treated wood needs to be scraped and stained often. Many types of natural stone need to be sealed regularly in order to prevent chlorine in the pool from harming the stone.

If the concrete cracks over time, it may need to be repaired. All types of pavers may require replacement or reinstallation of joint material every so often. How much maintenance a deck requires depends on where you live, how often you use the pool, and whether the deck is exposed to sunlight or shade.

Cost of Enhancements and Improvements

Installing Artificial Turf Around the Pool

Artificial turf costs between $5 and $7 per square foot. If you don’t like the idea of walking down to the pool and standing on rough ground, you can use artificial turf instead of a hard deck. Artificial grass is a great treading surface for a deck in the pool area. Fake grass can be laid on hard surfaces. Artificial grass is usually purchased in rolls, but some stores also sell it by the foot.

Lighting the Pool Deck

An electrician will charge $50 to $60 to install a light on your pool deck. With these lights, you can walk around the pool at night or even swim when the sun goes down. Most people want to make the area around the pool safer at night, and installing adequate lighting on the deck can help.

Pool Cover

Pool covers cost about $40 to $50 per foot. A pool cover is a step laid with tiles around the edge of the pool. It is usually made of concrete, stone, and brick. It makes the pool look more aesthetically pleasing.

Since the pool itself is not usually used on its own, the pool still needs a deck. Pool covers and decks work in conjunction with each other. In most cases, they use materials or colors that go well together so that they blend into each other and create a smooth design.

Pool Deck Railings

Nationwide, the average cost of installing pool deck railings ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. The cost depends on the size and type of material used, with composite decking being the most popular.

In many places, pool deck railings are required to keep people safe. Even if your area doesn’t require it, it’s a good idea to install railings around your pool. This will keep pets and children out of the water.


Cool Deck Coating

A great way to keep concrete cool in the summer is to coat it. A concrete deck with a cool coating will keep it cool to the touch even on the hottest days. It is common practice to paint or spray a cool coat on a concrete deck. A cool deck coating on a concrete deck costs about $200.

Pool Deck Stairs

Installing stairs on an above-ground deck that surrounds the pool starts at $400 for fixed steps. Adding steps to the deck is a good idea because it makes it easy to get to the pool and in and out of the pool. Railings can be installed on fixed steps, or you can choose not to install railings. In most cases, permanent steps are made of wood, but they can also be made of metal or other composite materials.

Pool Island Deck

Depending on the size and type of material used, pool island decks can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. Pool island decks are usually built on top of in-ground swimming pools. Pool island decks look beautiful sticking out of the water.

You can lie on it to soak up the sun or use it to get in and out of the pool. Some people put potted plants on the deck to make it feel like an oasis. The platform can even have a fireplace on it so you can enjoy a warm fire at night.

Composite pool deck

Additional Things to Consider and Costs

  • Non-slip surfaces. No pool deck material is safe to run on. For those with small children, adding gravel to concrete can reduce slipping. Composite decking materials and wood are softer in the event of a fall.
  • Pool Pavers. Most pool pool pavers only need to be sealed every so often. If a paver cracks, it is easier to repair than a concrete slab. This is because each paver is laid individually.
  • Remove weeds. Between the pavers, stone, and concrete blocks, weeds may grow. Paving a concrete slab prevents this.
  • Dark-colored decking materials. Dark-colored things, such as dark wood or tile, can absorb heat and make the deck around your pool very hot to the touch.
  • Non-slip materials. Rough, uneven, or bumpy materials should not be used to avoid tripping people.
  • Materials that reflect heat. Using heat-reflective materials will keep the deck’s surface cooler in hot weather.
  • Pool Liner. If your pool has a liner, you may need to install hooks in the deck or leave a channel to change or remove the liner without cutting into the deck.
  • Pool Specialist. A deck doesn’t have to be built by a professional pool builder. Most people can lay a concrete or stone surround. However, you may get better or more affordable results if you hire a professional.
  • Replacing a deck. In most cases, it’s easier and less expensive to replace a pool deck at the same time as replacing or refinishing your pool.
  • Build your pool deck. Pool decks are difficult to construct and should only be attempted by a skilled building professional. This is to ensure that the deck is laid properly and that the drainage slope is angled correctly to allow for drainage.
  • Curved decks. It takes longer to properly install a curved deck, so this type of pool deck may cost more than a square or rectangular deck.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to build a pool deck?

Materials and engineering costs to build a deck typically range from $6,750 to $8,000.

How much does it cost to build a 10×10 pool deck?

Depending on the materials used, a 10×10-foot pool deck can cost from $800 to $9,000.

What is the cheapest pool deck material?

The cheapest deck material is pine at about $3 per square foot.

How much does it cost to build a 12×24 deck?

In most cases, a 12×24 pool deck costs between $2,300 and $26,000.

How much does it cost to build a 20×20 deck?

The average cost to build a 20×20 pool deck is between $3,200 and $36,000. Prices vary greatly depending on the materials used.

How much does a concrete pool deck cost?

The cost of laying a concrete pool deck usually ranges from US$6,750 to US$8,000.

What are the best materials for building a pool deck?

There is no single best thing. Some stones, stamped concrete, and composite decking materials are good choices that don’t require much maintenance.

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