We are planning on getting a deck installed for our pool fairly soon... we looked into getting TREX but the quote on materials alone (not including fastners, concrete, or labor) was near $18,000 Waaaayyyy out of our budget!!!!!! So we are looking into a smaller wood deck. The size will be 4 feet on both curved edges and 10 feet on one long side, with steps down the whole length of long side. on the curved side the deck will go to the post past the center post of curved side (hopefully that makes sense) so there will be no deck on the other long side of pool, which works out cause thats where the pump and heater are located. The contractor priced Cedar at approximately $8,000 labor included (will have a definate number in the next few days) Does that sound reasonable? Is Cedar a good wood for around the pool? I know staining/sealing is going to be a pain in the a** probably. Would it be best to do that before/after it is closed for the winter so it won't get in pool? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.