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Top 5 Pool Deck Tiles for Fall Protection

ASTM Fall Height Rated Pool Deck Tiles - Foam, Rubber and PVC


By Kif Richmann

We all love pools. They are fun for people of all ages and provide fantastic exercises, especially for people with injuries or knee, hip and joint problems.

However, pools are often surrounded by slippery surfaces. When water gathers around the pool's deck, slips and falls become almost inevitable. This can create a significant risk for injury.

Pool safety mats, however, provide the safety and convenience you need. By increasing traction and providing a soft surface in the event of a fall, a quality pool deck tile will make for a much safer area.

Fall protection is a smart choice for your pool area, and Greatmats has some of the finest pool deck tiles around!

Why You Need Fall Protection for Your Pool Deck
Having a home pool is a dream come true for many people. The luxury, convenience and cleanliness of a home pool makes it one of the highlights for thousands of homes across the country.

However, the pool deck is often insufficient. Concrete, asphalt and wood pool decks can become slippery, and if someone slips and falls, the hard surface can cause injuries ranging from bumps and bruises to broken bones or even concussions. For this reasons, you need to cover your surface with pool safety mats.

What to Look for in a Pool Deck Tile
So what should you be looking for when you start shopping for pool deck tiles? First of all, you need a surface that is slip-resistant. Having a slip-resistant pool deck flooring will enhance the safety and reliability of your outdoor area and will reduce the chances of injury to your friends and family.

Of course, you also need fall protection. No matter how good the slip-resistance, falling can occur, so you need a surface that will provide padding and support to reduce the chances of injury. With proper fall protection and padding, falls that could result in injury are little more than an inconvenience. If you are a parent, having fall protection on your pool deck in one of the most important aspects of a surface tile.

While the tile needs a non-slip surface on top, it should also have a non-slip bottom. If the tile slips on the concrete or asphalt, it won't provide the safety and reliability you expect.

Finally, the tile should be one inch thick or less. While thicker tiles can provide better protection, anything over one-inch tends to be cumbersome when covering your pool deck.

Fortunately, these five pool deck tiles meet all of your needs...

Pool Deck Tiles With Best Fall Protection

Let's now take a look at the best pool deck tiles with fall protection for your home or facility. each one of these tiles is visually-attractive, gives strong grip, and provides cushioning protection. As an added advantage, all of the pool safety mats listed below are one inch thick or less, meaning they provide the protection you need while still giving a firm walking surface.


Made from a UV-stable, non-toxic and anti-microbial foam, these tiles provide a soft cushioning for your surface, creating a safer and more reliable place to play. In addition to carrying a 4-foot ASTM fall height rating with excellent cushioning, they are also slip-resistant, which means you get to have enhanced safety for your pool deck.

One of the benefits of these tiles is that they do not heat up under sunlight. We've all experienced hot asphalt on bare feet during a scorching summer day, but with these tiles, the surface remains cool in warm temperatures and indirect sunlight. Unlike concrete or asphalt, the tiles will also cool down when stepped on, making them even better for pool deck flooring.

The textured surface on the Life Floor mats is designed to provide a reliable grip even when wet. Bare feet will have not problem maintaining their grip on these mats. Because of the non-slip surface and reliable cushioning, these mats can also be used for indoor showers, saunas, locker rooms, and bathrooms.


Rated for falls of up to 2 feet, these poor deck safety mats are available in rich natural colors and can be added to your outdoor space to provide better safety while giving your area a stylish, elegant appearance. They are made from recycled rubber material and at dimensions of 2 feet by 2 feet, covering four square feet per tile. At one inch thick, the tiles provide a stable surface for children and adults while giving superior cushioning compared to concrete or asphalt. While rubber is not as soft and cushiony as foam, it does give much better protection than concrete.

These tiles are guaranteed to deliver quality to your pool deck. They have a 15-year warranty, so you can count on them to provide the support, stability, and safety you need for many years.

If you have a hard concrete, asphalt, or wood pool deck that you want to cover with an elegant and effective tile, then these rubber pool deck pavers will be perfect for your needs. While special adhesives are required, installation is fast, simple, and convenient.


When you are looking for a pool deck tile that locks together firmly and provides outstanding grip and performance, this is it. The interlocking tiles are made from PVC plastic. They are soft, strong, and durable and offer a 20 inch ASTM fall height rating. When placed over a concrete pool deck, these tiles provide added fall protection, especially for children who may be running and playing around the pool.

One of the aspects that makes these tiles so effective for pool deck safety is their perforated surface. Instead of lingering on the surface, water falls through the small holes in the tile and flows underneath. This means children are less likely to slip in large puddles of water, and also allows the surface to dry much faster.

These pool deck tiles are available in multiple colors, including blue, green, grey and brown. This allows you to select the perfect option for your exterior and you can match the pool deck mats to your patio furniture, creating a world-class look!


With a perforated surface, high-quality PVC plastic, and a perforated surface, these tile can be used with nearly any pool deck. They are made for outdoor use and have a 20-inch fall height rating from the ASTM. Best of all, these tiles can be installed over any flat surface, including dirt, grass or pavement. No matter what type of exterior you need to cover, these tiles will deliver quality and performance.

These tile are often used for playgrounds and preschools, but they are also effective for pool decks because they are non-absorbent and UV treated. You'll not only have a surface that is safe for children, you won't have to worry about the tiles soaking up water or breakdown in the sun.

These tile are made to withstand scorching summer heat. They are suitable for temperatures up to 194 degrees, so no matter where you live, these pool deck tiles will withstand the temperatures.


Few pool deck tiles offer the visual style and elegance of the Life Floor Slate Tiles. These tiles, as the name suggests, have a surface texture and finish that resembles natural stone tile that you might find on an elegant kitchen floor. For this reason, the slate tiles will enhance the visual style of a pool deck while still providing the quality, safety, and fall protection you demand.

While these tiles look amazing, the one-foot fall rating tells you that they are safe for families with small children. You can get a similar appearance by choosing real stone for your pool deck, but you won't get the soft surface that provides superior safety. You also won't get the slip-resistance, as natural stone can be very slippery when wet.

These mats are so effective that the Unity Indoor Pool in northern Wisconsin, says these tiles have reduced slips and falls by a staggering 90%. That is serious reduction in falls and a major increase in safety!

Other Quality Options for Your Pool Deck
The products listed above are just five of the many options available for enhanced pool deck safety. Check out our full selection of pool deck tile products and you'll be able to find the exact mats you need for any pool or hot tub area.

There are options for covering all types of surfaces, from concrete to dirt, allowing you to have a quality surface no matter what type of area you have. While many of the top options for pool decks are square tiles, you can also use dog-bone shape rubber pavers to enhance the grip and appearance of your deck. Check out the entire selection today and you won't be disappointed!

Find the Perfect Mats for Your Pool Deck and More

No matter what type of facility you have; no matter what type of surface you need to cover, when you purchase from Greatmats, you'll get outstanding products backed by a team of professional experts.

We believe that quality mats and flooring will enhance your entire area, so contact us now and let us help you choose the right pool deck tile for your home.

For more on this topic please review our Swimming Pool Decks Flooring Tiles product page.