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    How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    Our trilogy 12x24 fiberglass pool arrives next week. We are struggling to decide on deck size. Our initial plan is to have 12'/5'/10'/5'. The five foot sides will be along the 12' side of pool on left and then 24' length of pool. The five foot will be along the other length and 10 feet along the right side.

    This should allow room for loungers and room to walk easily around the pool. I don't want to go overboard on concrete costs but I also don't want to regret shorting ourselves. Advice and opinions welcome.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    We have 3' in some places and I find that too narrow for any real comfort but usable.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    We installed our pool in January and poured concrete around Feb 1st, so we recently went through those decisions. We have 4' on the narrowest part and find that works fine for how we use the pool. It radiuses out to 8' on the diving board end, about 12' of concrete from our wooden deck to the pool, and about 18' radiused down to the 4' straight off of the shallow end. Really, what I think you may be trying to determine is how narrow is too small for the area you expect to use least, or the part that connects to the rest of your back yard. We considered 3' on the "yard" side, but decided on using 4' as our minimum. We are very happy with that choice. your 5' plan should be fine.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    Initially I would say get as much as you think you need, then double it.

    We have a 16' x 36' fiberglass pool. Our deck is along these lines: 4' wide along one of the 36' side, 10' along one of the 16' side about 20' along the other 36' side and 6' along the remaining 16' side. We wish we had a little more in some places.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    I am almost ready for our concrete deck to be poured. We decided on 4' on the 28' yard side and one of the 14' ends. On the step end (14') we are having 8' poured then an added patio area beside the other 28' side.
    Just got to finish connecting the wire mesh and have it inspected.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winger 03
    Initially I would say get as much as you think you need, then double it.
    This! For sure.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    I have a large pool so my decking is 7', 11', 11', and 18' on the four sides.

    We use the pool for some pretty large parties so we have never regretted the space by even one foot.

    I would suggest as large as possible as long as it's aesthetically pleasing.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    They are starting on our inground vinyl 18x36 rectangle pool in two weeks. The plan right now for concrete deck is 10' on each end, 12' down entire side of pool closest to the house and 8' down the other side. Hopefully this will look ok. Feel free to make suggestions.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    I say PAVERS. Then you can always adjust easily...
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    I say, "the more the better."
    Too much grass near the pool just makes for too much grass in the pool.

    Take a look at this this thread http://www.troublefreepool.com/your-...ce-t27529.html to see different examples of concrete decking widths.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by XsAllOverIt
    I say PAVERS. Then you can always adjust easily...

    That is true, but around here Pavers cost way more than concrete. I can always add Pavers to it for accents.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    We have 4' on the thinnest side which abuts the adjacent grassy area. Comfortable to walk and sit on the edge, but not much else. It is really just there to provide a transition to grass. We originally planned about 700 sq feet, but once they were there laying it out and we could see what we would end up with, we ended up with 1250 sq feet.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    We only poured on three sides of our lagoon shaped pool. The amount that was to be on the 4th side, we simply added that footage to the other side so that we would have a bigger area for entertaining. It was one of our best decisions. The non-concrete side has a more or less rock garden with gravel, boulders, and outdoor speakers on it that run along the border (3ft width). Both ends have are rounded back to the pools so that there are no straight lines.
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    Re: How much concrete decking should we get around our pool?

    Lots of opinions on size for sure. As for material, it is easy to fix a cracked paver. The next time I pour concrete, there will be rebar in it. We took extra care when we poured and inspite of that we still have some cracks. The old adage is true: If you don't want cracks in your concrete, don't pour it.
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