Having an in-ground pool is not always possible. Whether due to budget constraints or landscape dilemmas such as poor soil conditions or terrain issues, an above-ground pool might be the way to go. Although above-ground pools can be seen as the less attractive option, with some creativity and planning they can be just as stunning as their in-ground cousins.
Let’s take a look at the best ways you can take your above-ground swimming pool from bland to beautiful.
Pool Deck Options
There are many deck options for your above-ground swimming pool. What you choose will probably come down to preference and budget. Here are some of the best decking ideas to make your pool installation look amazing.
- A Composite Deck
With a minimum lifespan of 25-30 years, composite decks are becoming increasingly popular. The lumber used to construct the deck is made of wood fiber, plastic, and a binding agent, offering a sturdier more durable option that will not splinter or warp. Unlike traditional wood decking, it doesn’t require staining or sealing.
A composite deck can be built around half of the pool or can surround it entirely.
- Wrapping Your Pool
If you have a sloped backyard, you can still blend an above-ground pool seamlessly into your landscaping by choosing a surround made of stone, wood, or a mixture of both.
You can either abut your pool up against an existing structure like a deck or position it on the slope so you can build a deck to surround one side. Then use wood paneling or stone to conceal the remainder. This is a great way to get a gorgeous in-ground look without having to dig up your yard. Don’t forget to leave access to your pool’s inner workings with a trap door.
- Multi-Level Deck
A multi-level wooden deck can offer a flawless transition between your pool and your yard while also offering separate designated areas.
One area, for instance, can be an outdoor dining and kitchen area with a barbecue and a patio table and chairs.
The lower level can offer access to your pool complete with loungers or other outdoor furniture so you can relax poolside.
- A Sunken Look
Achieving a sunken look is as easy as partially submerging your pool in the ground. While this is a little more costly than some of the other options, it really adds elegance to your space.
You can then surround your pool with stonework or do a deck on one side and incorporate a shrub garden around the remainder.
Adding Visual Interest
Greenery adds a lush look to your pool installation, turning the space into your very own oasis. You can plant a shrub or flower garden along the sides of your pool or use stone urns or large pots of greenery. Some of the best plants for pool areas are palms, ornamental grasses, ferns, elephant ear plants, coleus, and succulents.
Lights can really add ambiance to your pool, especially at night. There are many different styles of lights you can use for your pool including fiber optics, floaters, and wall lights.
Ace Swim & Leisure
Need some more suggestions to make your pool or above-ground pool deck look amazing? Ace Swim & Leisure can help. As your top provider of above-ground swimming pools in Northern New York, we enjoy helping our customers achieve their desired look. Drop-in for a visit at any of our four locations to talk to one of our experts or to shop for pool supplies see what we have to offer. Whether you need an above-ground pool heater or to stock up on chemicals, we’re sure to have what you need.