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CHOOSING THE RIGHT STONE FOR YOUR POOL

Deciding on the style of pool and backyard that you’re looking to achieve is the first step in creating your backyard oasis, and choosing the right stone will help to elevate your vision to the next level. Your stone should complement the water colour and style you’re trying to achieve. Generally lighter coloured pool water offsets well with stone in darker grey tones and more classic blue water colours work well with beige stone, travertine or limestone. A popular trend at the moment is grey pool finishes that throw off a light blue water colour, these work really well with silver travertines and marble options.

The best performing natural stones are those that will stand up to salt, chemicals and have appropriate slip ratings. These include travertine, limestone, marble and basalt. You need to know the particular piece of stone you’re buying is graded suitable for poolside use and it’s a technical question that only the supplier can advise you on because the stone has been tested. We recommend buying from a quality importer as they will know the source and properties of that stone and can explain these details.

travertine

The most popular stone for around swimming pools at the moment is travertine, especially in the lighter colours and the silver travertines. However, it also comes in a full range of colours from white and beige through to reds, silvers and greys. It’s very hard-wearing, resistant to salt and chemical attack and there’s a broad range of textures available.

Travertine is actually a form of limestone that’s originally formed around the mouths of hot springs, so you’ll often see gorgeous veining and cavities from the bubbles that are completely natural in the stone.

We love seeing green water colours with white and off-white travertine, but it’s a great canvas for so many styles. Travertine is a classic, stylish look that won’t change with fashion trends. You can bring trends in through furniture and décor choices and your stone will remain timeless.

Travertine generally comes in a honed or brush finish, the later giving it a nice patina across the stone and increases the slip resistance as well.

What to watch out for with Travertine:

  • Impurities in the Travertine should be the biggest concern and soft spots or clay in the stone will impact it’s longevity.
  • Cavities in the stone do not necessary indicate a poor quality stone but the cavities should be well distributed and free of foreign material like clay.
  • Strong colour patches should be avoided along with inconsistent colouring.

 

 

LIMESTONE

Limestone pavers for around your pool area are another great choice. They are salt resistant and are exceptionally dense. They look more consistent than a travertine as you don’t get the cavities and strong colour variations in this stone.

You’ll find unique and subtle colours and movement of colour in the stone which create a stunning canvas for your project. Ranging from whites, off-whites, through to dark greys and limestones are generally sandblasted or sandblasted and brushed, which gives them the necessary slip resistance and a really beautiful surface. Keep in mind that grey limestones tend to be a little more expensive as they’re more difficult to source, so lighter limestones are generally less expensive.

What to watch out for with Limestone:

  • Honed limestone shouldn’t meet the required slip resistance in the pool area.  If it does, the stone is likely to be porous and this will leave it open to salt and other chemical decay impacting the longevity of the stone.
  • A sandblasted limestone should not have deep, wide gouges in the surface as these will potentially impact the longevity of the stone.
  • Look at the back of dark limestones for dark grey or black veins as these often indicate future weakness in the stone.

MARBLE

Marble is a beautiful stone that will lend a touch of luxury and elegance to your pool area. Poolside marble is not a shiny marble surface like you might have in your bathroom, but a sandblasted finish which gives a really interesting, subtle variation in colour and texture. It’s a translucent stone, so you can see the colour running under the surface and as it gets wet, the colour comes back to life. This stone is really suitable for around your pool as it’s structurally sound and a beautiful stone to work with.

Generally marble colours are a little lighter once they’re sandblasted and the range from white through to dark grey colours.

What to watch out for with Marble:

  • Marble should be sandblasted to meet required slip resistance in the pool area.
  • Veins in the stone should be structural and not show major colour variation after sandblasting.

BASALT

One of our favourite stones at the moment is basalt because of the dramatic look you can achieve with this stunning stone. It had fallen out of fashion for a while but the latest basalt stones on the market are excellent quality, virtually indestructible around the pool. They can create an ultra-clean, sleek look that beautifully offsets lighter coloured pools that are so popular at the moment. It’s available in a honed or sandblasted finish – designers are just loving this stone!

What to watch out for with Basalt:

  • Basalt becomes hot in the sun so be aware of this in your pool design. It can be a similiar heat to that from concrete.

 

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THE STYLISH LIFE POOL PLANNING COURSE

A complete guide to transforming your backyard into your own luxury pool space. Learn how to choose your pool affordably from pool industry professionals!

THE STYLISH LIFE POOL PLANNING COURSE

A complete guide to transforming your backyard into your own luxury pool space. Learn how to choose your pool affordably from pool industry professionals!

THE STYLISH LIFE POOL PLANNING COURSE

A complete guide to transforming your backyard into your own luxury pool space. Learn how to choose your pool affordably from pool industry professionals!

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