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Thread: Recommend a salt-water-tolerant deck/surround material~

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    Lana537's Avatar
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    May 2009
    The Triangle, NC

    Recommend a salt-water-tolerant deck/surround material~

    Hello all~

    I would appreciate advice on coping and deck/surround materials that will easily tolerate the splash-out from my salt water pool. Also, please advise which materials to avoid.

    We are planning a pool renovation and don't want to install a material that will erode easily.

    Maybe there are folks out there who live along the Florida coast, where I imagine this sort of thing is routinely taken into consideration? I thought I had seen such a thread, but I cannot for the life of me find it again, and I would appreciate as much advice as possible.

    Thank you very much.


    PS--Pool Builder and DH are looking toward Belgard pavers; I haven't seen brochure yet.....will they survive?
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    Aug 2009
    Sacramento, California USA

    Re: Recommend a salt-water-tolerant deck/surround material~

    My two year old poured concrete (with the tan color dialed up a bit) deck hasn't suffered any evident abuse from salt water splash out, and I think it gets a considerable amount from various sources. The pool sweep sometimes drenches the deck with a jet stream of water, the solar cover contributes more salt water when it's dragged out of the pool (several times a week), swimmers carry out several gallons a week. During swim season I use a garden hose to wash debris (and salt too, presumably) from the deck maybe every 10 days. Other times of the year the deck goes several weeks before being hosed off. The only caution I wish I'd exercised was during the first few weeks of pool ownership, when I hastily sat a sealed gallon jug of muriatic acid on the concrete before measuring out a cup or two for the pool. That mistake resulted in an unsightly brownish-red ring that could not be removed. The stain could have been lifted immediately if the area had heen quickly doused with water from hose or pool! Lesson learned.
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    Re: Recommend a salt-water-tolerant deck/surround material~

    i used all pavers around my pool and see no evidence of the salt wearing on them. They guy who sold me the pavers said they would wear against salt.
    Lebanon Pa ( So Cent Pa)
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