How to Build an In-Ground Pool Deck

What You'll Need
Cedar planks
Measuring tape
Marine-grade sealer
Landscapers fabric
Edging stones
Push broom

An inground pool costs a lot of money, and adding an inground pool deck will add to that cost. Without an inground pool deck, you are left with a bare slab of concrete, which is unsightly and coarse. Though this is alright for some people, others want to have a wooden deck. They offer more advantages to the homeowner, as they add value, an extension to the home, and a place to sit and relax, as well as style. An inground pool deck costs a lot of money, but if you are comfortable around wood and tools, then an inground pool deck may be right up your alley. Building an inground pool deck is tricky since decks are expected to be off the ground, while this deck rests on it. The article below will show you how to build an inground pool deck.

Step 1 – Excavation

Determine the boundaries of the deck and place the stakes in the ground and tie the string between them. Everything within the stakes will be excavated. Use the shovel and begin removing all of the earth. Keep in mind the thickness of the cedar wood. The excavated area does not need to be much deeper than this thickness. Use the yardstick to continuously check the depth. Remove any rocks or roots you may come across. Tamp down the soil and use the level to make sure it is even. Place the landscaper’s fabric in the hole and trim it so that it rests flat. On top of the fabric, place a one inch thick layer of sand and tamp it down. Make sure it is even and level before continuing.

Step 2 – Cutting and Placing the Wood

An inground pool typically is in a unique shape, such as oval or kidney. This makes placing a deck difficult and will require a lot of cutting of wood. Worry about full pieces of wood and not curvatures of the inground pool at this stage. You will be cutting the planks as you place them around the inground pool. Measure the distance from the pool to the stakes to determine the length of the piece you will need, and then cut a piece. Fit the plank and then trim it to fit the space. If the inground pool is shaped like a kidney, then you will need to trim each plank to meet the curvature of the pool. Continue in this manner until the wood is placed around the inground pool and is flush against the home (if that is your goal).

Step 3 – Finishing

Around the edges of the wood, place your edging stones. These are small stones that will help keep the wood in place. Press down on them to seat them in the sand. Dump sandbox sand on top of the wood and use the push broom to spread it out between the cracks. Use a hose to wash the wood down. Once the wood is dry, you can apply a sealer.