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When it comes to choosing the right
pool-surround material, ask yourself: who
will be using the area, and to what level of
maintenance are you prepared to commit?
Natural stone is a unique, durable and
low-maintenance option, offering a variety
of colours and textures to suit any outdoor
space. Irregular shapes and patterns are
often another drawcard for this material.
Homeowners with young families often
like having grass surrounding the pool,
as a play area and for its non-slip appeal.
Real grass can often be high-maintenance,
so some turn to artificial turf. Known for
being low-maintenance, pesticide-free and
aesthetically appealing, artificial turf is
a great option, but it can become
unpleasantly hot underfoot in summer.
Creating an instant entertaining area,
decking is an attractive and durable option.
While real timber offers rich colours and
can be sanded to refresh the life of the
product, it does require maintenance, it can
be affected by chlorine and salt, and there
can be constant movement with changing
For those looking for a no-maintenance,
long-durability option, composite decking
is proving a popular choice. The downside
is that it offers limited colours and
somewhat lacks the rich, warm colour and
finishes that real timber offers. However,
the pros outweigh the cons for many.
Chosen by the ow ners for its long-lasting a nd
low-maintenance q ualities, Permatimber Decking
type 146 in charcoal also features an a nti-slip
sur face al ong with a n at tra ctive, modern l ook.
“ The ow ners have young children a nd little time
to spare, especially for s anding and re-sealing their
backyard – a task not required with Pe rmatimbe r
Decking,” s ays Matthew Ra nford of Per ma
Composites. They also sel ected eco-friendly and
low-maintenance products throughout. “Made
from a pproxima tely 87 pe r cent rec ycled materials,
the anti-slip a nd hidden-fixing top sur face al so
provides a safer wal king s ur face.”
“ Using the de cking here as the top sur fa ce of
the area created seamless lines with the other parts
of the deck,” he adds.
Troy Stockden of Scree nstyle WA not only
laid the de cking but also custom-built additiona l
s torage spaces in the alfresco a rea, paying close
at tention to e ns ure the de cking a nd cladding
was just right. Troy was behind designing special
hatches on the pool decking to house pool toys and
cl eaner s, a long with the bar be cue, pool equipment
and fridge enclosure.
“ We customised some lids for the end of the
pool with powder-coated al uminium frames on gas
s truts to store a pool blanket a nd/or pool toys and
cl eaner,” says Troy.
“ We also added a cover for the new outdoor
fridge and a barbecue stand with cupboa rd
a nd shelves,” he says. “T he biggest obstacle to
overcome was to still all ow the pool pump motor
to get fresh air so that it didn’t overheat, so we
put vent s through the underside a nd at the back
of the struc ture to get a good flow of air. Like all
composites, they ex pand lengthways, so we needed
to allow for that in all the framing on the wall and
unde r the decking.”
Per matimber Eco Cladding in cha rcoa l was also
used as both a feature on the boundary walls and to
cove r a nd protect the pool pump.
Glosswood ’s popular Ceda r Gloss rea l-timber
lining board was used in the ceiling of the alfresco
space. “The beauty of this product is it is made
from pa ulow nia, which is a sustainable plantation
timber,” says Pam T homson of Eco Outdoor. “Ideal
for indoor and unde rcover outdoors, Ceda r Gloss
lining board is low-VOC , UV-cured to ensure
a true consistent ceda r col our for those who l ove
the honesty and bea uty of real timbe r, but want
that stre amlined contemporar y look.”
Screenstyle WA 1300 768 684,
screens tylewa.com.au; Perma Co mposites
1300 366 938, permacom posites.com;
Glosswood (08) 9497 4610, glosswood.com.au .
Femke furniture collection, available through Villa
Kula. Decorative throw cusions will be available
through the new online store, coming soon.
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