Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Decks constructed around above ground pools are no different than any other freestanding deck. They should not be attached to the pool for any stability. The pool is essentially just adjacent to the deck. For most above ground pools, these decks will be anywhere between 3 to 6 feet above the ground and must be laterally braced from the beams/joists to the bottom of the posts. Cross bracing in these regions and in both axis’s (north/south, east/west or such) is necessary. At common pool heights, embedding posts in the foundations will not be sufficient for lateral restraint. New building codes addressing decks around pools should also be considered. The maximum gap between the decking and the pool coping is generally 3/4 inch. Slip resistance, gaps between boards, and slope of the deck may also be regulated depending on the local codes. These design requirements should also be considered for any deck adjacent swimming pools or hot tubs, whether in or above ground. We recommend building the pool deck directly under the lip of the pool edge. It is best to set of series of segmented beams and footings about 2’ from the edge of the pool to support around the curved sides. It is a good practice to install joist tape over the top of joists to protect from standing water. Installing a self closing gate may be required to prevent access for unsupervised children. Installing extra blocking will reinforce the frame because of the added activity and variety of uses on pool decks. Use gravel under the deck to help with water drainage. Check out our free pool deck plans. Circular Pool Deck Most above ground pool decks wrap around a circular or oval shaped pool. Stairs provide access to a platform to enter the pool and relax on poolside furniture.
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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Deck Design Ideas and Options Here’s how to fuel your deck design fantasies — and stay on budget. Best Deck Lighting Options Shed some light on your outdoor masterpiece with these deck lighting options. Deck Railing Design Ideas An essential safety feature, your deck railing is also a key component of your overall deck design. Floating Deck Design Ideas A floating deck can be a money-saving design because certain building codes don’t apply. Design Ideas for Deck Planter Boxes Make your deck come alive with planter boxes for decorative shrubs, flowers and ornamentals. Ground Level Deck Designs Ground level decks feature low levels of complexity and high levels of satisfaction. Small Deck Design Ideas Just because you have a small yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish deck. Learn the building requirements and get design ideas for small but functional decks. Deck Benches When it comes to deck benches, you can go built-in or freestanding—or both. Custom Deck Ideas Your deck project is just about ready to roll, so browse these custom deck options for inspiration. Extreme Party Deck Combined with a screened-in porch, this deck provides room for entertaining.
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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Decks constructed around above ground pools are no different than any other freestanding deck. They should not be attached to the pool for any stability. The pool is essentially just adjacent to the deck. For most above ground pools, these decks will be anywhere between 3 to 6 feet above the ground and must be laterally braced from the beams/joists to the bottom of the posts. Cross bracing in these regions and in both axis’s (north/south, east/west or such) is necessary. At common pool heights, embedding posts in the foundations will not be sufficient for lateral restraint. New building codes addressing decks around pools should also be considered. The maximum gap between the decking and the pool coping is generally 3/4 inch. Slip resistance, gaps between boards, and slope of the deck may also be regulated depending on the local codes. These design requirements should also be considered for any deck adjacent swimming pools or hot tubs, whether in or above ground.
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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Another 15×30 oval aboveground pool with composite wood deck. This one is built on-ground, with the pool deck covering about half of the pool wall. This type of pool deck gives this above ground pool a unique, integrated look, and again provides a small element of safety for small children and pets. It also helps to keep the pool clean by blocking autumn leaves that blow around the pool.
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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Lay out the deck around the pool using stakes driven into the ground. Pull a string line from the corners to establish the outside perimeter of the deck. For our example, we’ll assume a 21-foot pool. Mark the location of an interior post about 1′ (30 cm) from the edge of the pool. Locate the next post 4 feet (1.2 m) away from that point. The perimeter edge of your deck shouldn’t be more than 4 feet (1.2 m) away from a post. To find out how many interior posts you will need, add the distance from pool to post, multiply that by 2 and add it to the diameter of the pool, then multiply the total by pi (3.14159). That will give you the circumference. Now divide that number by 4 to get the number of posts you will need. In this case, the post is 1 foot (0.3 m) from the pool, and the pool is 21 feet (6.4 m) in diameter: (1×2 + 21) * π ÷ 4 = (23 * π) ÷ 4 = 18.06. You will need 18 posts for the inner ring.
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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

An above ground pool with an automatic cover? Yes – it can be done with a wooden deck built around the pool. A cover reel is housed in the box at the end of the pool, and pull ropes run through the aluminum tracks that run down the side of the pool. Automatic covers offer unparalleled safety for any pool type, keep the pool clean, and save big bucks on pool heating costs.
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Deck Around Above Ground Pool

Now here’s a unique above ground pool design. Pool deck is placed at ground level, and the pool walls and top rails are wrapped in wood, with extra wide planks. This pool sits on the ground, which is one of the great advantages of above ground pools – no excavation. Not having to dig into the ground not only saves money, but can save nearby trees, and avoids the problem of what to do with all the excess fill dirt.
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One common technique used for decking around a circular pool requires each board to be tapered so they all radiate from the center of the pool. The method we used is a lot easier. Cut several 2 x 6s into 4-ft. lengths with one end of each cut at 80° instead of square. Slip the angled end of the first decking board under the pool’s coping, keeping it at least 1/2 in. away from the pool wall. Set the long edge of the deck board directly on the joint running between two adjoining floor-joist frames. Fasten the board to the joists with 2-1/2-in. deck screws. Lay the next board tight against the first one and screw it in place. (When the boards shrink, a 1/4-in. gap will appear between them.) Continue installing deck boards in this manner, with the angled end slipped under the coping, until you come to the next floor-joist frame. Lay a deck board in place and mark where it overlaps the joint between the two frames. Cut the board along the line and screw it in place. Trim the next two boards in the same manner, then go back to installing full-length boards again. Once all the deck boards are fastened down, use a circular saw to trim off their overhanging ends so they’re flush with the perimeter joists.
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Above-ground pools are easy to install, there’s no excavation necessary, and they cost about one-fifth of an in-ground pool. Although most folks say an in-ground pool is more attractive, an above-ground pool can be just as eye-catching with the addition of a pool deck.

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