Well, summer is here for real now along with its heat, humidity and the blazing sun. These are the days we longed for in the depths of the long, hard Iowa winter. Funny, our back yards still don’t look all that attractive when the heat and humidity are on the rise.

A lot of people are solving that problem by adding above ground pools. And we’re not talking about those kiddie pools with a foot or two of water. According to the National Spa and Pool Institute, over 190,000 new above ground pools are sold annually, and that number is rising each year. Home Advisor reports that the pool itself is priced from $1,000 to $4,400, depending on the manufacturer. With this kind of investment, many home owners are making sure they get the most out of their backyard fun zone by adding a pool deck.

Beautify Your Investment

Why add a pool deck? There are a number of advantages. One of the most obvious is the aesthetic value. A deck wrapping around a pool is a lot more attractive than a pool randomly plopped in the back yard. Just take a look at this before and after picture from a recent job we completed.

Storage and Convenience

Another advantage is having an easily accessible, but hidden, place for pumps, supplies , pool chemicals, and toys. Many pool decks will incorporate storage either under the deck or with built-in storage on top of the deck.

Safety and Security

Depending on the design you select, you can also add several safety features to an above ground pool deck. With gates and fencing built into the design, you can have more control over who goes in and out of the pool area, particularly unsupervised toddlers and uninvited “guests.” You can add solar powered lighting caps to the posts for better visibility at night and create a more private area with tall panels that shield swimmers from prying eyes. With the deck floor at pool height, it also makes entering and exiting the pool a lot easier than scaling those awkward poolside ladders.

Entertaining

Inviting a few friends to hang out around the pool is a lot more enjoyable when you have a stylish and comfortable, entertainment area to lounge and relax. While the kids may enjoy hours and hours in the pool itself, many of the grownups are perfectly content to sit near the pool enjoying a few adult beverages. There are many options available to add shady spaces, beachy decorating touches, coolers and deck furniture to your backyard oasis. Once your pool deck is installed, there’s really only one thing left to do.

Whatever products or design you choose for your pool deck, make sure you find the right contractor to install it. Download your FREE Complete Guide to Deck Styles and Trends for more information on the latest in deck design and finding the right deck contractor.