Pool paving is the final and probably most important step when installing a swimming pool. It keeps the soil around the swimming pool in place, provides a nice surface for sitting at the edge of the pool. Pool paving also aids the resistance against the effects of chlorine and salt water. For a uniform background the same type of paving materials can be used around the pool, driveways, walkways and patios. Paving is also an excellent way to enhance the beauty of landscaping ideas.
Many different materials can be used in the production of pool paving and some examples are limestone, sandstone and a variety of tiles. Concrete is an affordable and exciting material for pool paving because it gives the homeowner a world of options as far style and designs are concerned. Concrete is mass produced and is very cheap. Concrete can also be stencilled and stamped for added personality. It also comes in an extensive range of colours to cater to the varying needs of homeowners.
A solid base that consists of moisture and water-resistant materials is laid first. This is most often a solid, sturdy slab of concrete. An edge beam must be placed around the perimeter of the swimming pool. Coping is attached to the beam. The base is then laid on top of the slab of concrete; this is wet concrete that is poured over the slab.
Most DIY instructions recommend that strings are set up to form guiding lines for the installation of pavers. This helps both beginners and DIY enthusiasts lay the pavers accurately. There must be some room between pavers to allow for some small degree of expansion. Once the full pavers have been laid in position, pavers have to be cut and trimmed for smooth edges and well-finished corners and angles. A brick saw that uses a diamond tipped blade is the best tool for cutting pavers. Every few months the pool paving must be reinforced with fine-grained beach sand to make sure the pavers remain tightly locked.