Concrete Pool Decks
For many homeowners, the pool deck area in a backyard is a home away from home several months a year. These spaces have grown beyond their original intent — surround a swimming pool and offer enough space for lounge chairs and foot traffic. Today it’s not uncommon to find a mini resort area complete with outdoor kitchen and waterfall accents. In fact, the attention given to concrete for pool deck sometimes rivals that of any other structure on the property. Whether you desire a simple and straightforward or elaborate and intricate design, the concrete can be manipulated many ways to achieve the end goal appearance.
Common Decorative Details In Pool Decks
Unfortunately, slate, stone, and tile, and many other natural materials require plenty of lead time to order and install which frequently increases the overall cost. Yet, due to the flexibility of concrete — and many stamp designs available to choose from —your pool deck can have the custom look without the hassle. As a result, the stamped concrete pool deck cost is considerably less than the installation price for the real materials.
Adding a stenciled overlay to existing concrete is a common way to give the illusion of a sophisticated pattern using more than one different material, without the intensive cost and labor of doing so. Along with sprucing up the visual appeal of the surface, an overlay can also add slip resistance, a necessary benefit in a water-laden area.
Depending on the contractor you work with, it’s not unheard of for hundreds of color shades and tints to be available. Complimentary or contrasting, the colors can evoke warm and welcoming emotions which instantly transform the pool deck into a central gathering point for friends and family.
Small polished stones are commonly used to accent other features, such as fountains and/or waterfalls, surrounding the pool area. The aggregate may be seeded into the freshly poured concrete or exposed with sandblasting after the pool deck has set and dried.
Pool Deck Considerations
Though many considerations are individual in nature, these two are the main two cited by commercial and residential owners.
Essentially, privacy should account for sound and visibility. Sound encompasses external, such as nearby traffic, and internal noise, such as splashing water inside the pool. On the other hand, visibility extends to neighbors, pedestrians, and/or traffic and can be shrouded with the use of fencing, landscaping, or a combination of barriers. When planning your swimming pool deck design, plan to incorporate privacy enhancements, such as plant and shrub buffers, to create an enjoyable private enclave.
While many people consider the view to or from the pool deck to regard privacy, it also includes the layout and overall view of the area. Some designs create multiple sight lines leading to one focal point, such as an outdoor fireplace while others accentuate a natural vista. The concrete pool deck itself generally acts as the foundation for these views, rooted in complementary color and texture.
Can I Resurface An Existing Pool Deck?
Yes! Depending on the quality of concrete used during the initial installation, overall age of the deck, and climate conditions, the area may begin to degrade within a matter of years. Various stages of cracks, such as hairline or gaping, chips, and flakes are common signs it may be time for pool deck resurfacing. Two popular choices are a stamped or stenciled overlay or epoxy coating.
Stamped or Stenciled Overlay
These overlays take place after repairs for any cosmetic and/or structural issues with the pool deck, such as cracking and flaking. Generally, a base is applied then a customized concrete mix to accomplish the final visual result — the appearance of a brand new pool deck.
An epoxy coating may be placed on top of another overlay or directly on the resurfaced concrete. Many products used for this application use blended polymer resins which means they provide an extra layer of resistance to several degrading factors, such as:
· Pool chemicals;
· UV exposure; and
· The freeze-thaw cycle in colder climates.