When shopping for pool deck drains, you’ll come across a plethora of options. It can be overwhelming if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. There is a variety of deck drainage systems in different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Picking the one that’s best for your project doesn’t have to be a headache.

For a vast majority of projects, we use a PVC pool deck drain. Why is that? Let’s take a look.




First, let’s talk about your pool’s location. If it is indoors or otherwise covered, you will have more variety in pool deck drain options. You won’t have to worry as much about ultraviolet light, debris, or temperature variations. Your drains will only need to capture the water that comes from the pool, not the sky.

Let’s discuss trench drain systems. A 2” trench drain will likely be all that you need. For outdoor pools, you’ll want a 4” deck drain and you’ll also want to look for materials that are UV resistant. You’ll also need to pay attention to materials and colors that absorb heat and avoid them if possible.



Plastic may seem like the obvious choice for a pool deck drain, and in some cases, it might be your best option. Plastic is a readily available material and is recyclable. However, if you choose a plastic grate that’s rather thin, it might not be able to hold up to the weight of a lawn chair or patio table. You’ll have to double-check the weight load limits before purchasing to decide if this is the right material for you.



Deck drains made from metal such as galvanized steel or stainless steel offer a sleek sophisticated look to your pool area. They are also highly durable and can withstand a lot of what Mother Nature will throw at them. However, Mother Nature will likely be throwing a lot of sunshine at them, too. This will heat up the metal pretty quickly, and if anyone steps directly on the drain, it can burn the bottom of their feet. Whether it’s a private or public pool, you don’t want to run that risk.



We typically choose PVC deck drains for our projects because this material is tough, long-lasting, durable, resists wear, is non-corrosive, and provides watertight protection for your deck and subgrade. It stands up well to Mother Nature and doesn’t overheat the way metal drains do. This makes it an easy choice for indoor or outdoor, private or public pools.



At Frank Wall Enterprises, we offer a variety of pool deck drain options to suit any need. From 2”, to 3”, to 4” drains, entire systems, or just sections, we’ve got what you need.

We can ship anywhere in the United States from our facility in Columbus, Mississippi. We’ll be happy to discuss our shipping options with you to make sure you’re getting the right products at the best prices.

Contact us anytime with requests or more information on deck drain installation. Shop our pool deck drains today and let us know if you have any questions.