The Different Types of Natural Stones for Your Pool

When we picture the ideal backyard oasis, we think of blue water, and maybe some greenery surrounding the area. Often, we focus on the design, shape, and landscaping, but what about the stonework that goes into creating a beautiful pool area?

It’s not just about aesthetics; the right stone offers a blend of durability, safety, and heat resistance, ensuring your retreat remains both beautiful and functional long after the swimming pool installers are finished. Let’s dive into the variety of natural stones you can use to craft your ideal pool space.

Understanding Oasis’ Natural Stones

Natural stones are a durable material that can be incorporated into the pool itself, or the surrounding pool area and patio.

However, not all stones are created the same, so understanding the characteristics of different stones can help you choose the design and swimming pool installation process that works best for your vision. Take a look at the natural stones Oasis uses and recommends:

Granite: Enduring Elegance

Granite is known for its incredible durability and resistance to weather, time, and pool chemicals. As the second hardest natural stone, it offers exceptional strength and is almost impervious to scratches, heat, and staining. Granite is also cooler to the touch than many other natural stones, making it a comfortable choice for bare feet.

Considerations for Using Granite:

  • Heat and Slip Resistance: While its natural heat resistance is beneficial in sunny pool areas, granite can become slippery when wet. During the swimming pool installation process, choose finishes to enhance traction, such as flamed or brushed granite.
  • Maintenance Tips: Regular sealing will keep your granite looking its best, as it may begin to show signs of weathering over time if left unsealed.
  • Versatile: Granite is a versatile stone that can used for more than just your pool; it can be used for your outdoor kitchen top, bar top, and spillovers. 

Marble: A Timeless Luxury

Marble evokes a sense of luxury and opulence. Its smooth, veined patterns create a captivating look, especially when juxtaposed against the blue hues of a pool. While not as hard as granite, marble’s surface is more resistant to mildew, making it a strong candidate for pool decks.

Considerations for Using Marble:

  • Heat Retention: Marble, especially darker varieties, can retain heat. Consider this factor for pool surfaces in hot climates.
  • Stain Resistance: Seal marble to protect it from staining. 
  • Low-Maintenance: Because of its stellar resistance to mold and mildew, maintenance for this stone can be a breeze.

Travertine: Fresh Mineral Spring

This rock comes from mineral springs and boasts a fresh, inviting summer look. As a type of limestone, it appeals to those looking for a natural and seamless look and feel and can come in a variety of colors.  

Considerations for Using Travertine:

  • Durability: Because it is formed from calcium carbonate, travertine can withstand different weather elements.
  • Slip Resistant: When you’re wading through the water and want a break, travertine doesn’t let you slip and fall as easily as other types of natural stone.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Not only does travertine offer an exceptionally natural look, but its ability to come in different colors makes it appealing to those looking for a cohesive backyard look.
  • Moisture-Resistant: Because of this stone’s moisture-resistant nature, longevity issues like warping are more preventable than other options.

Understanding Other Types of Natural Stones

Aside from the natural stone options Oasis uses most, here are other stones used in pool construction:

Flagstone: The Rustic Choice

Flagstone is a generic term for large, flat, natural stones, perfect for creating a rustic look that harmonizes with natural surroundings. Varieties like sandstone and limestone are popular in swimming pool installation for their slip-resistant surfaces and natural color variations that add character to any pool design.

Considerations for Using Flagstones:

  • Slip Resistance: The cleft surfaces of flagstone provide excellent traction, even when wet.
  • Sealing Regularity: Flagstone should be sealed to prevent staining and make it easier to clean.

Coral Stone: The Beachfront Beauty

Coral stone offers a unique, weathered look reminiscent of sands found on tropical beaches. Its high porosity makes it ideal for areas around saltwater pools, as it won’t erode from salt exposure. The stone’s uniform texture and light color provide a soft contrast against the vivid blues of a standard pool.

Considerations for Using Coral Stone:

  • Saltwater Durability: Coral stone is ideal for saltwater pools due to its natural resilience to salt.
  • Regular Maintenance: Due to its high porosity, coral stone will need frequent sealing.

Bluestone: Cool and Calm 

Bluestone is prized for its cool temperature and non-slip surface. This dense material requires minimal maintenance and provides a sleek, seamless appearance when used around pools. Its blue-gray color also complements the water, creating a soothing atmosphere.

Considerations for Using Bluestone:

  • Heat Retention: Bluestone offers heat retention benefits, especially when compared to darker stones.
  • Moisture Resistance: Bluestone’s non-porous quality makes it resistant to moisture-related issues, such as warping or mold.

Design Your Paradise with Oasis Pavers and Pools

If you’re dreaming of a pool where every stone is carefully chosen and placed to ideally suit your needs and wishes, consider working with the swimming pool installers at Oasis Pavers and Pools. With our expertise, dedication, and commitment to quality, we’ll help bring your vision to life.

Whether you favor the natural luxury of marble or the timeless appeal of granite, Oasis is here to design the paradise of your dreams. The stones we offer ensure a boost in curb appeal and an eye-catching look. Contact us today to begin your journey toward a stunning, functional, and enduring pool space.