Pool Paving Ideas

Browse SmartStone’s pool paving ideas, showcased in the gallery above.

Warm summer days around the pool, having a braai and enjoying camaraderie, is a deeply established part of the South African lifestyle. Keeping this in mind, it is important to ensure that the paving around a swimming pool is practical, yet easy on the eye. SmartStone offers concrete paving that meets these requirements as it is available in a variety of colours, shapes and textures to transform pool paving and its surrounds into something special. SmartStone is able to achieve this with its porous concrete surface, which promotes a less slippery surface, as well as the unique textures offered to further enhance the non-slip aspect of paved pool areas.

Besides the various options available from SmartStone paving, these pavers can be sealed to protect them from the effects of chlorine and salt water. SmartStone’s flagstone range, used to pave around swimming pools, also has complementing rounded bullnose copings.

In the gallery above are examples of how you can design your pool surrounds and the hard landscaping around it with SmartStone. The products that are most suitable for use around your pool, as well as the various laying patterns applicable to installing your flagstones and related bullnose copings, are detailed below.

Should you require assistance, our branches have experienced consultants who will work tirelessly to assist you in designing a safe and beautiful pool area. Contact your nearest SmartStone branch or fill in this form and we will contact you.

A Few Pointers To Consider When Paving Around Pools


Good compaction around new swimming pools is extremely important. Compaction should take place in layers of no more than 150mm each. Care must be taken not to damage the swimming pool when compacting.


Carefully consider slopes and drainage around your pool. It is recommended that paving slope by 1% away from the pool.

Grouting and bedding

Sand grouting will easily wash out on a pool surround and cement grouting has the tendency to pop out on paving around pools. Imported paving grouting like Romex is a good option for grouting paving in these areas.

Expansion joints

This is popular among some installers, but it becomes ugly very quickly.


Consider the sharp edges and lugs of normal pavers.  Rounded copings are generally a practical choice.

Salt chlorinators

Water from salt chlorinated pools will damage paving. Always seal paving around salt chlorinated pools and warn the customer. Sealant should be re-applied every six months when a “cheap” sealant is used and every 24 months when a quality urethane or plastic based sealant is used.