You might not know it, but there is a debate raging in the industry about which is the best material to pave around the outside of a swimming pool.

With domestic swimming pools rising in popularity, this is a question facing more and more customers and likewise, more and more asphalt companies in Idaho.

Non slip is an important consideration, but so is the design aspect of the stone or surface you choose.

So what are your options when looking for Idaho asphalt paving companies to build your swimming pool patio?

STAMPED CONCRETE

Stamped concrete is the mainstay of many a poolside. This is because it is generally considered the most economical material. It should probably cost between $12-16 per square foot.

Stamped concrete can nevertheless look as stylish as any other, more expensive, type of paving for a swimming pool.

The concrete is also sealed, to help prevent it from damage and deterioration from chemicals in the swimming pool.

It will often be made from two, or more, different colors that are mixed. One that is as a base color and one that comes on the top of it and is then mixed in together. This gives it a distinctive finish.

Stamped concrete, although a perfectly good material and a highly popular one with home owners everywhere, still has its disadvantages.

These are principally that it is concrete and so it will crack. This is almost inevitable. It needn’t be a disaster though and the cracks can be fixed, but they will still be visible.

Also, the sealer will need to be re done every couple of years.

Another thing to bear in mind is that unless you add some anti slip agent to the sealer, it could be rather slippery.

CONCRETE OVERLAY

On top of the stamped concrete, a concrete overlay may be placed. This is usually a mixture of polymer, cement, sand and some other materials.

In short, it is a covering for your existing concrete base and can deliver a facelift for your poolside.

On the plus side, this is a very strong material and can be made in many different colors and textures, to deliver a strong decorative effect.

The only real downside with the overlays is that they dry very quickly and so you have to act fast to make sure you have got everything right with them.

PAVERS

Pavers are perennially popular with home owners, whether they have a pool or not. They are classy, natural and cannot be beaten for their texture.

At £16-24 per square foot, they are going to cost a bit more than stamped concrete, but for the effect they can give, you might think that it is worth it.

Other advantages include the far greater ease of replacement in the event of cracking. If one paver is cracked, all you need to do is replace it.

This is far less fuss than trying to deal with cracked concrete is!

Also, given their texture, it should not be slippery either, making it an ideal material for around the poolside.

The downsides may come with issues such as weeds growing between the slabs and the fact sometimes there can be movement of the pavers, over time.


TILES

The sky is the limit when it comes to color, design, texture and pattern with tiles. You can be as decorative as your imagination lets you be. The only drawbacks are the price and the potential for cracking.

RESIN BOUND

This is growing in popularity as a covering for patios next to swimming pools. The advantage is that it can be placed over your existing surfaces, quite easily.

It can be non slip and with the correct maintenance should last around 25 years.