How to Choose the Right Stone Materials for Your Stone Pool Surrounds

04 November 2019

Having a pool on your house can be really relaxing. You can swim on the pool if you just feel like it, or simply dip your toes while drinking your favourite drink on the side of your pool. From the refreshing experience of swimming and dipping, the materials used for the pool surrounds can also make the pool more welcoming and lively to everyone visiting your house.

Choosing the right stone materials for your pool surrounds can affect the overall vibe and feel of your home. Aside from complementing your pool to the existing theme of your house, there are some elements that must be taken into consideration when picking the best stone materials for your pool surrounds.

Appearance and Finish

If you want to invite more friends and colleagues to your backyard pool, it is necessary that you add some flair to your pool through its pool surrounds. You may opt to choose materials that can blend well with your existing colour elements of your home. For example, if your pool is surrounded by greenery plants or wooden materials, your pool surrounds must have colour hues that best complement them.

Aside from colours, the stone materials must have defined texture and finishes so that they can be both functional and visually appealing. Stone pool surrounds with consistently sized and non-skid materials can be an added beauty to your home and at the same time, avoid slipping accidents around the pool.

Maintenance and Durability

Not all stone materials are created equal. Some stones are hard to maintain, and require extreme care in order to sustain their looks and durability for a long time. Some, however, only requires getting rid of dirt for them to hold on to their original properties.

Depending on the stone materials used, most of them require a sealant to resist discolouration and reduce damages from the environment and chemicals. Materials that need to be sealed regularly are the concretes and bricks, since they are prone to cracking and chipping more easily. This can be taxing as sealing regularly can also lead to inconsistencies to the overall appearance of the stone pool surrounds.

Alternatively, natural stones like limestone, bluestone, granite, and sandstone can be sealed less often since they can withstand weathering and constant use. They can be maintained by keeping fallen leaves and debris away from them to avoid leaving permanent stains.


In relation to maintenance, there are stone materials that can be relatively cheap than the others. However, the maintenance costs of such materials can go higher in the long run as they wear out easily. If you really want to save money, you may choose to save a little bit more for an expensive natural stone pool surrounds to avoid shelling out money after only a few months. Natural stone pool surrounds may even add price value to your home if you want to sell it in the future.

Solar Reflectance

In choosing your stone materials, see to it that the materials can reflect the solar heat and stay cool even after long exposure to the sun. Measured by the solar reflectance index (SRI), each stone material has their own SRI reflective of their ability to not absorb the heat of the sun. Concrete and other related materials absorb heat and can get really hot after a long time. Natural stone materials like limestone and others with lighter colours are naturally reflective, and can bounce back sun’s heat to the atmosphere.

Contact AM Stonemasons if you want more information about high quality natural stones for your stone pool surrounds. Our skilled stonemasons will create a stone feature that looks beautiful and lasts.

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