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Pool Decking Properties

The properties used to modify a Pool Decking object are located to the right of the screen when your decking is selected. These properties can either be adjusted right before adding the pool decking to your landscape or after it has been added. Below is a description of each available property in the order that they appear in the software.

Decking Material

Description

Custom appearance in each view

The Custom appearance in each view option determines whether the pool decking will appear differently in the Plan view than in the Perspective view. If this option is unchecked, the decking will appear the same in both views.

Plan

The Plan tab contains properties that affect the appearance of the pool decking in the Plan view. This tab will not be available unless the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Perspective

The Perspective tab contains properties that affect the appearance of the pool decking in the Perspective view. This tab will not be available unless the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Material

The Material property determines what type of surface the pool decking will use. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the pool decking can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the decking material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the decking material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the decking material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the decking material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the decking will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Transparency

The Transparency property determines the opacity of the pool decking in the Plan view. To change the opacity, move the Transparency slider or type a value in the text field. Note that the Transparency property is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Line style

The Line Style property determines the appearance of the outline of the pool decking in the Plan view. To change the line style, click the Line Style button and select the style you wish to use from the dialog that appears. Note that a line style is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

 

Options

Description

Elevation

The Elevation property determines the distance of the pool decking from the ground. To change the elevation, move the Elevation slider or type a value in the text field.

Height

The Height property determines how tall the pool decking is. To adjust the decking’s height, move the Height slider or type a value in the text field.

Auto trim to pools

The Auto trim to pools property is used to automatically trim the pool decking in areas where it overlaps with a swimming pool. To toggle the overlap trimming, click the Auto trim to pools checkbox.

Edit points

Click the Edit points button to enable or disable point editing mode, which will allow you to modify the pool decking’s shape. See Editing Points for details.

Shape options

Click the Shape Options button to save the shape of the pool decking, or to load an existing shape. For more details, see Saving and Loading Shapes.

 

Coping

Description

Custom appearance in each view

The Custom appearance in each view option determines whether the pool decking will appear differently in the Plan view than in the Perspective view. If this option is unchecked, the decking will appear the same in both views.

Plan

The Plan tab contains properties that affect the appearance of the coping in the Plan view. This tab will not be available unless the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Perspective

The Perspective tab contains properties that affect the appearance of the coping in the Perspective view. This tab will not be available unless the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Material

The Material property determines what type of coping the pool decking will use. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current coping.

Material options

The appearance of the coping can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the coping material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the coping material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the coping material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the coping material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the coping will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Transparency

The Transparency property determines the opacity of the coping in the Plan view. To change the opacity, move the Transparency slider or type a value in the text field. Note that the Transparency property is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Line Style

The Line Style property determines the appearance of the outline of the coping in the Plan view. To change the line style, click the Line Style button and select the style you wish to use from the dialog that appears. Note that a line style is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Coping type

The Coping type property determines which style of coping is placed around the perimeter of the pool decking. To change the style of coping, click the Coping type drop-down menu and select the style you would like to use.

Length

The Length property determines the size of the coping from front to back. To adjust the coping’s length, move the Length slider or type a value in the text field.

Height

The Height property determines how tall the coping is. To change the coping height, move the Height slider or type a value in the text field.

Overhang

The Overhang property determines how far the coping extends away from the pool decking. To adjust the amount of extension, move the Overhang slider or type a value in the text field.

Edit coping

Click the Edit coping button to enable or disable coping editing mode, which will allow you to modify the visibility of coping at each pool decking edge. When coping editing mode is enabled, click the edges of your pool decking that you wish to toggle. Note that the Edit coping property will be disabled if the Style property is set to None or Seamless.

 

Tile

Description

Add tile

The Add tile property determines whether a strip of tile is added to the top of the pool decking sides. To toggle the appearance of the tile, click the Add tile checkbox.

Material

The Material property determines what type of tile is added to the pool decking. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the pool decking tile can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the tile material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the tile material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the tile material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the tile material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the finish will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Tile size

The Tile size property determines the size of each tile.

 

Information

Description

Area

The Area property displays the approximate surface area in square feet or meters. Overlapping swimming pools are excluded. When this value is calculated, a blue shape appears to help you visualize how the area is determined.

Perimeter

The Perimeter property displays the approximate distance around the pool decking in feet or meters. Overlapping swimming pools are excluded. When this value is calculated, a yellow line appears to help you visualize how the perimeter is determined.

Calculate

Click the Calculate button to calculate the above values.

See also:

Adding Pool Decking
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Editing Points
Editing Objects