The hidden truth about Paver installations on pool decks

We are often asked about the pros and cons of paver installations around pool decks. The truth is, many home owners who decided to install pavers around their swimming pools ended up regretting the choice. Weeds growing through the gaps, pavers becoming rough and porous, mold accumulating in the paver pores (that can only be power washed out with mold and dirt flying all over the backyard), fading colors, and wobbling pavers are all reasons why home owners end up hating their pavers. Oh, and did we mention that many pavers get super hot as well?

The truth about pavers: They wobble, grow moss and weeds.

If you want to know the truth about pavers, don't go to the stone yard or landscape supply store. Why? Because all they want to do is sell you their pavers - they have nothing else to sell to you!

If you want to know the truth about pavers, don't go to your landscaper. Why? Because your landscaper has nothing else to offer, other than to install pavers!

If you want to know the truth about pavers as decks around swimming pools, you need to understand a bit about whats underneath your pavers, and how pavers react after a few years of installation.

Truth #1: The ground surrounding your pool is not stable.

When your pool is excavated, a large hole is dug in your backyard, into which the base and walls of the pool are installed. Once the pool form is set, the empty void around the pool is then back-filled with dirt, gravel and whatever else might have been in the pile of dirt removed for the pool. Pool installers will then tamp this backfill down, being careful not to disturb the walls of the pool and cause damage or uneven surfaces along the sides.

This can be a problem around liner pools, in particular. The wall of a liner pool is made of very thin sheet metal that holds the entire pool together, which is not much support when you consider the weight of the water pressing out against the side walls. When the pool is built, the installer backfills the area around the pool wall with dirt, sand, and gravel. This base is then compacted to make the ground sturdier. 

If the contractor compacts too much, excessive pressure can damage the pool wall. To prevent this, most contractors don’t compact the base as much as they should. As a result, the base is too loose, it may collapse, and it may move around over time, causing the pavers to shift along with