Certain applications call out for different surfacing materials. Here are just a few places where multiple materials will heighten the look and/or function of the poolscape.


To enhance safety, designers highlight steps and stairs with a material that stands out, usually something a shade or two lighter. Thus, people entering and exiting the pool area are unlikely to trip.


Paths, landings and other transitional areas provide the perfect opportunity to introduce additional materials.

Outdoor rooms:

Designers can use contrasting materials to outline the perimeter of an outdoor dining room or conversation area. This border material anchors the space and creates a visual separation.

Focal points:

Specialty decking materials can play up the curve of an attached spa, create a one-of-a-kind pattern, or provide an artistic embellishment.