Comparing Indoor and Outdoor Pool Surrounds

By Julia Nass Created: August, 2017 - Modified: August, 2022

Inside or outside, a fabulous pool space is about so much more than just the pool itself. You want your pool surrounds to be your version of picture perfect, which starts with the right pool deck flooring. Safety is an obvious priority.

Aside from safety you'll want the right aesthetics. Perhaps you're going for a fun and bright environment for the kids. Maybe you need something for commercial use and a high-volume of people. Perhaps you want something chic and stylish for your personal pool-side lounge space, or maybe you're mainly interested in comfort.

No matter what you're going for, your pool deck flooring will make all the difference. Luckily, there are enough options out there to make your brand new ideas come alive. New pool decking is also an easy way to revamp whatever you already have going. Here are a few of the top pool deck options that exist for your indoor or outdoor pool.

Top 3 Outdoor Pool Decks

For outdoor pool decks, it's important to use products that remain dependable in any type of weather. Undoubtedly, you want something that will maintain its quality, visual appeal and safety over the course of many seasons. Luckily for you, there are a ton of tried and true, high-quality products out there. Here are a few:

Perforated PVC Tiles

A popular choice for outdoor pool deck flooring is perforated PVC tiles. Like other perforated tiles, they provide instant water drainage, combat the risks of moisture build-up, and stay slip-resistant even when wet.

PVC tiles never absorb water. Tiles such as Greatmats StayLock Perforated Tiles and Patio Outdoor Tiles are specifically designed for outdoor installation. They are durable and are made to hold lawn chairs, tables and other patio furniture and some offer critical fall height ratings up to 20 inches.

Interlocking tiles make for easy and fast assembly. Designing your pool deck with PVC tiles yields a world of creative freedom: tiles can be custom ordered in almost any color you can think of.

Wood-Grain Design PVC Tiles

Wood can offer an elegant, classy, warm or rustic aesthetic. Its look is timeless and adheres perfectly to outdoor pool environments. However, too much water and moisture can warp and damage many kinds of wood products. That is why Greatmats offers a product that encompasses the best of both worlds.

Wood-grain design PVC tiles create high-quality, durable pool decking that yields all the benefits of PVC tiles with the wonderful look of wood.

These tiles allow water to drain through the top and the surface remains extremely slip-resistant no matter what. Like perforated PVC pool deck tiles, they do not absorb water and therefore cannot harbor harmful mold or bacteria. This PVC pool decking, offered at Greatmats is made from recycled materials that are proven to withstand the elements year-round. As with all other pool decking tiles Greatmats has to offer, these are simple to install and uninstall all by yourself.

Artificial Turf

Just because you have a pool doesn't mean you have to give up the green. Artificial turfs are fun alternative to other pool deck tiles. First and foremost, artificial turf creates a paradise-like aesthetic. It adds vibrant color and a natural feel to your pool surrounding.

What you might not be aware of is that it feels as wonderful and inviting as they look. Greatmats offers artificial turf that is guaranteed to be soft and inviting to bare feet. It is safe for walking feet as well. Some artificial turfs are drain-through so water never puddles. Outdoor turf is durable and long-lasting and can be used underneath patio furniture.

Top 2 Indoor Pool Decks

Indoors, there are higher stakes for water and moisture buildup. Without the proper pool deck flooring, you might end up facing slime, mold or mildew. When moisture sticks around, there is always the risk of slipping and falling as well. Fortunately, with the right materials and design, you won't have to worry about these risks.

Soft Perforated Tiles

One great option for indoor pool deck flooring is flexible, perforated PVC tiles. Greatmats offers these tiles, such as SoftFlex Floor Tiles, with pegs that raise tiles up to allow for instant drainage. That means water will not build up and puddle, which prevents helps prevent slippage. Even when wet, these tiles provide traction for barefeet.

Flexible PVC tiles are put together by simple, sturdy snap-in loops that make assembly a breeze. Adhesives and extra tools are not necessary. With soft PVC formulation, tiles provide the ultimate barefoot comfort and non-slip safety.

Rubber/Foam Blend Tiles

Another comfortable, pleasant indoor pool deck flooring option are rubber and foam blended tiles. These high end pool decking tiles provide a fabulous, classy look to any indoor pool area. They come in a wide variety of styles and designs, from slate to wood grain to bright colors. Pool deck foam tiles are more than just a great look, however. They provide an insulated, non-slip foot cushioning as well.


Whether your pool is inside or outside, there's a variety of fantastic options to create a pool deck that is pleasing to the eyes and inviting to the feet. Even more so than aesthetics and comfort, however, it's important to always be aware of safety and location-caused issues that may arise. Using one or more of these high-quality pool surround products, you can easily defend yourself against these issues and still have the pool deck of your dreams.
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