Pool Paving Ideas

SmartStone Shepstone Pavers installed around a Swimming Pool

Warm summer days around the pool, having a braai and enjoying camaraderie, is a deeply established part of the South African culture. Keeping this in mind, it is important to ensure that the paving around a swimming pool is non-slip and textured, yet easy on the eye. SmartStone offers concrete paving and coping products that meet these requirements, as they’re available in a variety of colours, shapes, and textures to transform pool surround areas 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 paving range, used to pave around swimming pools, also comes with complementary rounded bullnose copings.

The products which are most suitable for use in designing your pool surrounds, can be browsed by clicking on the links below. Alternatively, fill in the short form below and we’ll help you design a unique & beautiful pool surround using flagstone pavers, edging copings, and other concrete hardscaping products.

Our branches have experienced consultants who will work tirelessly to assist you in designing your dream outdoor living space.


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.