Whether you have had a pool deck for a while or just installing a new one, it is important that its form and function satisfies your needs and wants. If you are in the planning stage, here are a few helpful tips from pool decking pros:
Pool Decking for Inground and Aboveground Pools
Choosing a pool deck material in the past used to be based on the type of pool you have. An inground pool use tile or stone while aboveground types use wood. However, the availability of decorative concrete pool deck resurfacing options nowadays make it easier to choose. If you want a natural stone deck, there is no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to acquire one. Pool deck resurfacing coatings and overlays are highly recommended both for inground and aboveground pool decks. They can be installed on an existing deck and they are durable, appealing, and easy to maintain.
Concrete Pool Deck Maintenance Tips
Power washing is necessary for pool decks but make sure you don’t overdo it. An annual schedule is good enough even for decks around salt water pools. Make sure to seal and reseal the deck to maintain the protective layer. Schedule yearly service checks with a pool deck professional, even if it does not involve a repair. A thorough assessment from a pro will help detect signs of damage even before it manifests itself. This will actually save you from having to deal with expensive and extensive repairs.
Designing the Pool Area
If you are installing a new pool deck, a pro can easily design you one with great consideration to your needs and wants. However, if you have an existing concrete pool deck, altering the design can be quite restricted. There are ways you could enhance the look and function of your pool deck affordably:
- Color – Concrete stains come in acid and water-based types. These can effectively change the color of a concrete pool deck. These yield luxurious results.
- Design – Patterns on concrete pool decks can also be changed. If you are tired of your old deck, add a flagstone pattern on it in various hues of brown. You may also add a textured coating for a subtle but still gorgeous appearance.
- Layout – The way the pool deck is designed is permanent unless you remodel or renovate. To give the illusion of a new layout, rearrange the furniture instead. You may also want to add potted plants, shades, and even stand-alone walls for extra privacy.