The surface that you select to surround your pool is every bit as important as the pool selection itself. When considering surfacing that surrounds your pool it’s important to consider the safety of the people who will be using that space. Pools that are surrounded by an irregular surface (for example, a smooth, cement slab with no traction facility) can quickly turn into a surface akin to an ice-skating rink when wet; resulting in slips, falls and possible serious injury.
You must next consider the maintenance of both your pool and the surface itself. For example, swimming pools that are immediately surrounded by surfaces like natural grass inevitably wind up with dirty water and drains clogged with grass and mud. The grass suffers as well; mostly from heavy foot traffic and overexposure to chemically treated water.