My original plan for our pool was to have concrete decking around the pool. I am going for the clean lines and modern look and feel. I have seen some pictures of very nice looking pools with just plain grey concrete deck. I am aware that concrete can be slippery so I would likely put a medium brush finish on the concrete. So I engaged four pool builders, three of the pool builders are on board with the concrete decking and one pool builder said he recommends against concrete decking because it will not hold up over time the way I expect or want it to. He says it will crack, fade, stain, etc. He said the pool chemicals are harsh and will ruin the concrete over time. He is recommending Artistic Pavers instead. He did say if I absolutely had to have the concrete deck, he would build it that way, but he says over time I will not be happy with the way it looks and it will not hold up.
So my questions are as follows:
1. What are your thoughts with regard to concrete decking's longevity near a pool? Is that one pool builder correct and he is looking out for my best interests?
2. Will Artistic Pavers give me the clean line and modern look that I am looking for? Pavers are not at all what I had envisioned for my pool because to me pavers give an "old world" look.
3. Does anyone have pool decking made with the "Silver Sam" colored Artistic Paver and are you willing to post a pic?