How to Build a Pool Deck


A wooden deck is a great addition to any above-ground pool, making it more accessible and enjoyable. Make some important decisions before you start building. Plan out how to build a pool deck. What type of materials will you use? Take measurements. What type of a foundation is best? Decide if your pool will have a full deck, a half deck, or just a quarter deck. A 1/4sized, deck would be just enough for stairs, a gate, and a small platform. If you plan on having lounge chairs and a lounge area, then a full or half deck will be better suited. There are many other building materials besides wood to choose from ranging in price and labor that should be considered as well, such as concrete, tile, and composite. These materials vary greatly in cost and labor.


Decide if your deck will have a floating foundation or a fixed foundation. A floating foundation is where the entire structure rests atop unsecured cinder blocks. A positive to this method is that the structure would then be movable. A fixed foundation requires digging holes to set posts. Make sure to check building codes in your area for any restrictions. If you decide to go with a floating foundation, plan on buying 2 cinder blocks for every support post you plan to use. For the fixed foundation, start with 10 or so 3-foot-deep holes for a quarter-sized structure. Fill the holes 1 ft deep with Quickcrete to make sure the poles don’t sink and shift over time. Bury the poles on top of the Quickcrete. Plan the spacing of these holes carefully. Use a level to assure vertical straightness.

Getting started

Determine the height of the deck based on the height of your aboveground pool. The deck should rest slightly above the pool. Build the frame off the support poles using flat, standard support beams to create the bones of the structure. The idea is to build around the shape of the pool without being directly attached to the pool. Once the foundational poles are in and the beams are installed, the floorboards can be laid and the railings installed. Make sure to thoroughly sand all surfaces where bare feet and hands will touch to avoid splinters. Choose a compatible stair kit and consider a lattice wall to cover the bottom portion so it looks presentable. Consider a locking gate to keep kids safe. After the structure is complete, a good coat of waterproofing will help it stand the test of time. Happy swimming!

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