The flooring for swimming pools are characterized by particular physical and structural parameters that allow them to always be safe, especially from the point of view of slipperiness. One of the dangers always lurking, in fact, when you have a wet floor under your feet, is that of slipping, risking more or less serious injuries. Another important element to consider is their resistance to atmospheric agents, since swimming pool flooring is basically outdoor flooring. The alternation of heat and cold, rain and sun, and in some cases even snow and frost, tends to ruin floors that are not suitable for outdoor environments. Furthermore, it should be remembered that swimming pool waters are chlorinated and disinfected, so the floors must also resist chemical attacks.
When we talk about “natural stones”, we are talking about all those materials such as granite, marble, stone slabs, limestone rocks and all other rocky materials. However, not all natural stones can be used to pave the perimeter of a swimming pool, because some are too soft, others too smooth and not suitable for anti-slip treatments. The choice of stone flooring is perfect when the pool is located in a garden, as stone is the material that best matches both water and grass, especially when you want to give your pool a natural look. , similar to a pond in a meadow. This possibility is allowed by the use of unpolished stones, placed around the edge of the pool.
Among the most elegant materials used for swimming pool flooring are ceramic materials, such as various types of terracotta, stoneware and klinker. These materials are widely used both for their beauty and for the different color possibilities. They are among the best materials especially if you do not have a garden, but a fully tiled area, which can also include a sunbathing area and / or a patio. Both terracotta in all its shades and colors, both porcelain stoneware and klinker must be for outdoor use, i.e. water resistant, since they will be used for the pool edge and, moreover, they must necessarily be rough, i.e. non-slip. And for those who also want to include outdoor showers, these materials are also perfect as flooring for the shower area.
One of the most interesting materials for the flooring of the areas around the pool is wood. Of course, not all types of wood can be used indifferently, since not all woods react in the same way in contact with water. The best woods are resinous woods, such as teak, which easily resist water, do not deform or rot. In many cases they can undergo color changes, caused by the continuous beating of the sun or by the alternation of atmospheric agents, but this change will not alter their physical and mechanical properties. As for flooring in other materials, different shapes and formats can also be used for wood to create more or less large ’tiles’, to be chosen according to tastes or needs.