Pool deck resurfacing is a common activity for repairing damaged concrete and giving your pool deck an ornamental look. You don’t need to tear out the whole concrete to resurface your pool deck – which makes this activity inexpensive.
You will have many options to revive your pool deck depending on your needs, budget, and the current condition of your concrete. Resurfacing a pool deck involves applying an overlay consisting of cement, polymer resins, sand, and other additives to your concrete to strengthen the surface and to give it a new look.
Types Of Pool Deck Coatings/Overlay
You have three main options when it comes to resurfacing your pool deck. If you are not sure which one to use, you should get in touch with concrete resurfacing contractors like Paradigm Concrete Finishes to help you choose and apply the correct overlay on your concrete in a professional way.
Concrete Pool Deck Paint
This is the most common and widely used pool deck resurfacing overlay. It is cheaper than the others and also easier to install.
You should choose the right paint and have the necessary tools to apply the paint on your pool deck. Also, the project should be done during warm and dry weather days as rain would wash away the paint if it hasn’t dried well.
To paint your pool deck, you first need to clean it thoroughly and remove any debris, leaves, and dust. Spots and stains should be removed with a degreaser or a scrub brush. After thorough washing and cleaning, let the pool deck dry for sometime before you begin to apply the paint.
Mix the paint color according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a roller to spread the paint evenly across all the parts of the pool deck. After applying the first coat, you should let it dry for approximately 24 hours before adding another one if need be.
It is recommended that you seal the paint to make it more durable.
The main downside of using paint to resurface your pool deck is that it provides short-term results – mainly between 1 to 2 years, after which you must change the paint.
Spray Texture Overlay
This overlay is versatile and easy to use on your pool deck, giving it a decorative and skid-resistant finish. It is also a great option to add some personalized colors, designs, and patterns to your pool deck.
Application of spray texture overlay requires a hopper gun or a trowel to create a smooth, slip-resistant finish on your pool deck concrete.
You may have heard of it but under a different name like a cool deck or knockdown finish, but it is actually the same thing.
The overlay is commonly used due to its durability and lower cost. After its application, you should seal it to make it last even longer.
Stamped Concrete Overlay
Stamped concrete overlay is an excellent option to beautify your pool deck as well as repair your damaged concrete. It is used on new and existing concrete surfaces, and it mimics the beauty and texture of wood, slate, natural stone, brick, among other materials.
To make sure your stamped concrete overlay lasts for years, you should let a professional apply it for you on your pool deck.
Surface preparation is a must to enable the overlay to adhere properly to your concrete. The preparation involves cleaning the pool deck thoroughly and repairing any damages and cracks on the concrete.
After successfully applying the stamped concrete or epoxy to your concrete, you should seal it with the right sealer. Also, you should apply a new sealer after every few years to protect the overlay. You can also change the color of your stamped overlay using different dyes, stains, or tints.
However, you should be ready to dig deeper into your pocket for a stamped concrete overlay as it is expensive compared to the other overlays. This is due to the high cost of the products used.