Summer is all about having safe fun in the sun, which means your deck, patio, and pool are likely to see their fair share of barbecues, get togethers, and parties over the next few months and perhaps even longer. For example, though the most popular grilling days are Independence, Labor, and Memorial Day, an increasing number of people — 60% — are beginning to use their outdoor grills year round!

As such, it’s important to have a patio design or above ground pool deck that you and your guests can admire and enjoy. Patio is a Spanish word meaning courtyard; however, they’ve grown to become versatile outdoor entertaining venues.

Believe it or not, a beautiful and functional deck, patio, or pool design can make all the difference in how your outdoor space is enjoyed. An updated deck can even add value to your home, providing an estimated 72% return on investment. In addition, a well executed pool design can create a sense of ambiance that will make enjoying fun in the sun that much better.

If you’re considering revamping your deck, patio, or pool this summer, don’t forget to keep in mind how your retaining wall looks. While not necessarily a part of your patio, pool, or deck, the look and design of a retaining wall can be incorporated into the pool deck ideas you may have in mind. In fact, a stunning retaining wall design alone may be enough to breathe new life in your backyard!

While brainstorming pool deck ideas, consider incorporating pool deck pavers into your design. Concrete pool deck pavers are an excellent way to enhance the look of your pool and your entire outdoor space while ensuring that you, your family, and your guests are safe. Durable, slip resistant, and resembling real, natural stone, concrete pool deck pavers are the perfect balance of both form and function.

Concrete pool deck pavers come in a variety of different colors, which makes creating or coordinating a theme easier than ever. In addition, they’re interlocking, which makes them fairly easy to install. However, in order to ensure proper installation, you may want to have a pool maintenance professional assist you if you’re unfamiliar with the process. Proper installation will ensure you’ll get the most out of your pavers.