Cost: $5 and up per square foot, plus labor.
Composites, best known as brand-name Trex decking, are typically a mix of wood fibers and recycled plastic. They are designed to look like wood, though they can’t quite match the look and feel of real wood. They can also be very hot, so take care to buy the right product in the right shade.
They should be as durable as the most expensive real wood decks, but they don’t require any maintenance. They resist rotting, warping and bugs.
Cost: $5 and up per square foot, plus labor
Unglazed tile can be set over a concrete base for a classic look with enough traction for a pool deck. The installation can take time, and will drive up the project cost. A tile deck can be very attractive, but it also requires some upkeep as grout lines are liable to crack or split, and may need to be replaced.
Concrete decks will likely remain very popular, but other good options are available.