How Much Deck Do You Need Around an Inground Pool?

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The footprint of an in-ground swimming pool includes the pool itself plus any deck or walkway. In addition, most municipalities have codes mandating minimum deck widths for residential in-ground pools. A well-planned and built deck adds aesthetic appeal and safety to your pool area. Outside of minimum width requirements, how much deck you put around your in-ground pool is determined by space limitations and your own personal taste.

Minimum Deck Width

  • According to the Swimming Pool Ideas website, pool decks should be at least 4 feet wide. Pool decks that are at least 4 feet wide provide a safe surface for entering or exiting the pool. Municipal codes for residential pool deck generally require 4 foot wide decks.

Maximum Deck Width

  • The only physical limitation on an in-ground pool deck is the size of the yard. Municipal zoning may impact how large your pool and its deck can be. Also, the various proportions of a pool and deck should be taken into consideration.

Figuring Footprint

  • If you want an in-ground pool, you need to make sure your yard is big enough. To figure the size of a pool plus its deck, add 8 feet each to a pool's width and its length. For example, if your pool will be 18 feet wide by 40 feet long you'll need a yard at least 26 feet wide by 48 feet long. Swimming pool footprints are also known as their "base wides."

Considerations

  • Pool decks aren't normally included in the base costs of in-ground swimming pools. Pool decks can be made of concrete, pavers, wood, or other materials. Some municipalities classify decks wider than 4 feet as patio decks, which require different building permits. Nearly all municipalities require permits for installation of a pool and deck.

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