Where the Deck meets the Pool Edge

by Derek
(St.Louis, MO)

Just wondering what the most practical way to build the deck where it meets my above ground pool.

Should it be built over the pool railing or level with the pool railing and how can I ensure I can get my pool cover off and in easily?

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Mar 19, 2011
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A couple of ways to build the deck against the pool edge
by: Editor - Rich Bergman

It is possible to build a deck surface above the coping or beside it against an above ground pool. But there are issues to consider in both methods.

If you build the deck surface over the edge of the above above ground pool a couple of challenges arise.

First you have to either have the entire deck framing structure rise above and over edge of the pool which means the top of the decking will be at least 8 or 9 inches above the top of pool coping. Then the water level would be a few inches below that for a total differenc of at least 12".

Not so practical.

Or you could build the framing to within a couple inches of the outside coping of the pool. The coping on an above ground pool is usually at least 6" wide. So you could then overhang the decking boards another inch or so so they almost touch the coping. The deck boards and the coping could be at the same level or you could have the decking just below the coping to demarcate the edge of the pool.

It is not really practical to try to extend the decking boards all the way over the entire width of the coping. That would be about 6" and just not strong enough for most decking. Not recommended.

So between those options above there are some reasonable ways to building the deck so it meets the pool edge nicely and in a very functional way

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