Pool ownership is a delight, but upkeep can be difficult to manage. One often neglected portion of your pool is your pool deck, and when you consider it, you typically spend more time lounging on your pool deck than you do in the pool. Damage can be caused by the pool chemicals, UV sun exposure and ground shift. Maintaining and renovating your pool deck can be a seemingly daunting task, but here are some ideas to help.
Patio or Deck Paint
One of the simplest and least expensive options is to give your pool deck a new appearance by painting it. There are many patio or deck paints to choose from and they are typically very inexpensive and simple to apply. These are a great option for the DIY enthusiast. This will update the look while also protecting the surface from further damage. It is available in a variety of colors as well as with a slip resistant texture.
Cooling Pool Deck Coating
Another popular pool deck application is Kool Deck surfacing. This reduces temperature by as much as 30-40% on the surface to protect your feet from the heat. When you choose this application, you no longer need to do the “hot potato” tip toe dance all the way to the pool in the summer, and sitting on the edge of the pool is no longer a thing of the past.
Decorative Concrete Stamping
Your pool deck may be a little too far gone to need just a facelift from a coat of paint. The next application to consider is a decorative concrete coating that involves repairing the surface of the concrete or wood and stamping a pattern onto the decking. This pattern can be made to look like stone, wood, or brick. The possibilities are endless, and you will fall in love with your brand new poolscape. This custom look will cost much less than the traditional wood, stone, brick, or tile applications.
Some homeowners take it to the next level with real stone decking applications. Although there are many benefits to real stone, the costs typically keep many homeowners from choosing this application. Not only are the materials pricey but installation costs are high because of the care and load that is required for a stone pool deck. This option will last the longest, and be the least maintenance, but it does come at a price.
Pool Deck Pavers
Another less expensive option is to have pavers installed over your existing deck surface. This gives a completely new look without having to pay for demolition of the old dicking surface. Pavers come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes and can be configured to almost any design need. The surface is very slip resistant, making it a safe option for your family. Although it is more expensive than the coatings, it is significantly less expensive than natural stone or total replacement options making it a middle of the line choice.