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Pool beach

The pool area is the area on the edge of the pool. It must be aesthetic, practical and safe. Depending on the location of the pool and the size of the beach, it will serve as a simple travel area or real relaxation area on which to deposit furniture. To make the right choice of covering, it is necessary to take into account the use of the basin and the places as well as the general aspect of the swimming pool.

The basic rules of the ideal beach pool coating

While all or almost all outdoor flooring materials are conceivable for the construction of a swimming pool, certain parameters must nevertheless always be taken into consideration. We will always ensure that the material chosen is:

  • slip,
  • waterproof,
  • chlorine resistant,
  • comfortable barefoot (so avoid materials that store too much heat or hide splinters and asperities),
  • in visual harmony with the house,
  • easy to maintain.

This being established, the choice of a coating material for the approach to the pool is then mainly a question of taste and budget. A brief overview of the different possible materials, from the most economic to the most expensive.

Tiles for a poolside

Tiling is, as in the bathroom, a material of choice near water points: easy to maintain, he is non-skid and sure when chosen from a suitable range.
Very popular, the imitation wood or concrete tile tiles are an interesting way to add character to the pool beach. Porcelain stoneware is also still relevant today.
There are different standards for classifying exterior tiles according to their use. For a pool approach, we recommend the use of a PEI class tile (the European standard that evaluates abrasion resistance) 3 or 4 and adapted UPEC class. A German standard evaluates slip resistance and experts recommend tiling be class B around the basin and class C on stairs or for inclined travel plans (or class R10 minimumif it is this scale that is used).

A swimming pool beach in wood or composite wood

The "natural" wood (from a gasoline Exotic that resists moisture well) is a coating of choice for the surroundings of a swimming pool. Natural and aesthetic, it is comfortable, not very slippery, but it requires regular maintenance (application of the necessary treatments for its good aging).
Composite wood is an interesting alternative, to preserve the appearance wood while having no more to maintain as rigorous as with the natural wood. Composed of recycled wood fibers and PVC or polypropylene, composite wood is highly resistant to mold (rot), chlorine and wear. With a simple maintenance with water and the broom, it is a practical and comfortable choice. The composite wood is not afraid of insects and it does not heat much in the sun.
Wooden gratings may be arranged in addition to walking areas.

Choose decorative concrete for a poolside

If the concrete has long suffered from a dull image and a little too "rough formwork", it now finds its place perfectly in the most trendy interiors and exteriors. In vogue since the 2000s, the aesthetic "industrial loft" has greatly played in its rehabilitation.
Decorative concrete is a concrete that is treated so that its surface has aesthetic qualities significantly more interesting than the raw concrete. It is thus possible to treat the concrete so that it imitates natural stone or terracotta, or to "print" a decorative pattern using molds (used when the concrete is poured, they leave an impression once the drying is finished).
It is also possible to stain the concrete or to add aggregates that can be left in relief or sanded to provide a smooth surface (so-called colored concrete and concrete deactivated). The borders can be treated in the same way, for a greater visual harmony of the whole.
Advantages Concrete for a poolside are:
• a uniform, one-piece surface (no puddle),
• a safe surface (it does not slip),
• a material that stays cool (no risk of burning underfoot).
The disadvantages of concrete:
• a high price, which can quickly increase depending on the decorative options selected and the cost of installation (care must be taken to find a company specialized in this type of implementation).

Choose natural stone or reconstituted stone for its poolside

Natural stone slabs give a sophisticated and elegant character to the pool area. Easy to maintain (a simple antifoam waterproofing once or twice a year is enough) and extremely resistant over time, they are also naturally slip-resistant (if we choose the right surface texture).
Reconstituted stone slabs are an interesting alternative, because a little less expensive than natural stones. They perfectly reproduce the appearance and texture of natural stone, but are less expensive and easier to install (their format is easier to standardize than for natural stone).

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