Should a Pool Deck Go Over the Pool Rails or Under?

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Under Looks Best

  • A deck that terminates just under the top rail of an above-ground pool looks best because the deck edge and ends of the decking are hidden. Use this if looks are more important than functionality.

Over Works Best

  • Terminate the deck on an above-ground pool over the top rail of the pool if your pool is destined to have lots of people running, jumping and climbing in and out of the pool. A deck built above the top rail will eliminate the problem of stubbed toes and offer protection to the rail as people climb out of the water.

Bottom Line

  • Decks can be built to go over or under the top rail of a pool. Heavily used pools should always have decks higher than the rail. Most pool decks are built this way. If appearance is of paramount importance, a deck terminating under the rail gets the nod.

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