If you've been watching the project, you know that the pool project has been successful, but a bit time consuming... not necessarily because it's been difficult, but because it's been out-of-the-ordinary and many stock solutions haven't been available. Plus, I'm pretty picky.
If you haven't followed along, here are the short-strokes:
- It got hot, so we DIYed a pool.
- We needed to build a deck around it.
- I got distracted by building a poolhouse instead.
- We had a kid and things got busy.
- We finished deck #1, but it failed and we ripped it out.
- ... now, let's get this done.
One of the elements that's been delaying the project has been the choice of a new decking material. Previously, we had used cumaru — an "ironwood" that failed miserably. While beautiful on install, it swelled and destroyed itself. That was just one of the overall problems (cupping, splitting and maintenance were also significant concerns) and it left me searching for an alternate decking solution.
We had considered many, including a few systems that allowed for a stone or hard surface installation (if this fails, this is up next). Making the installation a tiny bit more difficult is that the pool looks best if there's a lip over the edge about 2in to hide the track and liner edge... again, nothing is easy, but I think we've found a solution.
In searching for a composite decking material, I came across CaliBamboo. It's difficult to find a composite that doesn't look like fake wood. I don't mind artificial or synthetic materials, but to make them look like their natural counterparts is somehow antithetical. CaliBamboo's BamDeck if a composite of HDPE plastic and bamboo fiber and the boards are double-sided... and neither are grained to look like wood. Instead, the texture is a striated surface similar to brushed concrete and it comes in a variety of appropriate colors, including one very close to the Burnt Hickory color we've used for the fence. In this install, however, I'll be using one of their planks that they market as a fascia board (again, nothing's easy)... the "square edge" which is a solid, non-grooved board. It's also available in the charcoal color we want.
However, having the previous deck fail with a hidden fastener system, I wanted to investigate another option. I had great success with the Camo Marksman system on an adjacent deck using mahogany, so I wanted to give it a try.
Results: So far, so good...