How to build a deck around a pool has become more popular over the last few years. In fact, I have even seen it mentioned on “The New American Woman” as one of the home improvement projects for women homeowners. It is also becoming more popular as people look for ways to extend their living space. There are several ways to go about doing this depending on your budget and personal preference.
The cheapest and easiest way is to dig the hole for the deck in place, pour a layer of decking (preferably pre-treated cedar) in that hole, and then put in the steps, railings, and/or balustrade(s). Watch in the above video how to build a deck around a pool. Start by digging the hole, installing the deck frame, assembling the steps, railing, frame and balustrade, and treating the newly-poured deck wood with stain or paint. You may have to reinforce the deck for sturdiness.
Another option is to “green-up” your deck. This option can be done with less expensive materials or by using recycled or reclaimed materials that are easier on the environment. For example, you can build your deck from recycled lumber that contains lead, zinc, or copper. In addition, to learning how to build a deck around a pool, you can also add deck features such as a deck gazebo or trellis for privacy or adding aesthetic appeal. Add outdoor lighting and other accents to increase the “pop” of your deck.
How to build a deck around a pool also includes knowing how to properly construct your deck roof. Most builders make the mistake of not securing the roof to the house. The result is leaks and water damage. You can prevent this by installing felt tape around the perimeter of your pool and fixing any leaks. Use treated lumber so that it will last longer and that it will not rot. In addition, if you do decide to use treated lumber, then use only slightly more lumber than you would if you used lumber that has not been treated.
As you learn how to build a deck around a pool, keep in mind that you must keep the deck away from the water. If you are planning on swimming, remove your deck around the pool and thoroughly dry out the area. If you are not planning on swimming, then consider having a skimmer or a fan installed in order to remove leaves and debris from your deck. If you want a nice design, consider adding a lazy Susan to the deck. Lazy Susan’s are basically a low maintenance floating garden structure that will keep your garden beautiful year round. They are also easy to install and move in case you need to reposition them.
Once you have learned how to build a deck around a pool, you may decide that you would like to include a spa or hot tub. In this case, you will want to select a material that is durable and that will hold up to strong sun and heat. Although most decks can be waterproofed, it is recommended that you employ a professional to waterproof your deck before you start building it. If you do not already know how to waterproof your deck, consult a professional to learn how to do it properly. If you hire a professional, be sure to allow him or her to inspect your deck for signs of damage and to suggest alternative methods of protection that does not involve sealing the deck to the house.
One thing that many people do not realize when learning how to build a deck around a pool is that you must also take into consideration drainage. The base of your deck must be drained if you are planning to use a swimming pool. For example, if you are building a deck around a pool and you decide that you want to install an above ground hot tub, you must make sure that the deck drains properly. If it does not drain properly, the hot tub could become damaged, or the water could spill over onto the deck, creating a mess. Any damage caused by a lack of drainage can potentially cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Whether you are learning how to build a deck around a pool on your own, or you are learning how to build a deck around a pool that you purchased, there are some important safety precautions that must be observed. First, you should always be sure that there are no children or pets around the area where you are working. Always keep in mind that even with the best-designed deck, accidents can occur. If you are working on your deck alone, you must ensure that you have marked all power lines, and that none of them are going to come into contact with any electrical cables or wires.