Pool Deck Overlays vs. Pavers: A Breakdown

Although the swimming pool is the highlight of a pool, the concrete pool deck also plays a huge role both in the aesthetics and function of the entire space. An old or ugly deck will lessen enjoyment and comfort and that shouldn’t be the case. It should be in good form for lounging, walking barefoot, and other outdoor activities. When you do decide to enhance or repair, make sure you choose the right material. Two of the most popular options is a concrete resurfacing overlay or pavers. If you are torn, here are the pros and cons of each one:

Pool Decking Overlay

Installation

A pool deck coating or overlay can be installed on both a new or old deck. It is a highly recommended solution for cracks, scaling, and other concrete surface issues. It can be installed in as little as a day.

Cost

Pool deck resurfacing is one of the most affordable solutions today. Since it uses the existing deck as a base, it requires just a small amount of new material to change the look and improve the function of the pool deck. The total cost may vary depending on customization, size of the job, and how much surface preparation or repairs are needed prior to installation.

Aesthetics

It gives the deck a breath of new life, thanks to the wide range of colors and patterns to choose from. It can be designed to replicate the look of natural stone, tile, and even pavers.

Maintenance

A resurfaced pool deck requires minimal cleaning and maintenance. Since any pattern has gaps that do not cut all the way through, you won’t have to worry about anything growing in between or having water and dirt penetrating past the surface.

Pavers

Installation

This is a durable and appealing option for pool decks but it requires a great amount of time and effort to install. Each piece must be placed by hand to ensure proper fit, especially if it involves a pattern.

Cost

Pavers are priced per piece and are a bit more expensive than an overlay. The installation itself could cost more because of the tedious process. The subgrade or deck must also be prepared really well to make sure that the pavers install very well. The gaps would also require to be filled in with polymeric sand or the filler of your choice.

Aesthetics

Pavers come in a variety of shapes and colors. It can be arranged in different patterns but the choices are quite limited.

Maintenance

Pavers require a lot of cleaning and maintenance. Weed can grow in between the pieces. The filler may settle and the pieces could shift.