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Pool Deck Coating Options

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Review of Pool Deck Coating Options

 

There are many different options from which to choose when it comes to repairing your pool deck, and pool deck coatings are often a cost-effective solution, especially in comparison to replacing the concrete. Pool deck coatings come in all shapes and sizes, from cheap paint-on coatings to brilliant, designer, durable coatings. We’ll explain what to look for when deciding which system is best for your project by reviewing each of the following systems: Pebble Technology, Paint, Cement-based Coatings, Vinyl Chip, and Sandbroadcast.

 

Replace Your Pool Deck or Install a Coating?

 

First, when do you know when it’s time to replace your concrete vs. install a coating? Many people tell us that their pool is probably chipping, cracking, heaving, or spalling way too much for a coating. Sometimes this is true, however, often we can install our coating system after we repair and prep the surface. This often involves: cleaning the surface, filling cracks, patching spalled surfaces, grinding the surface, and washing again to ensure the coating adheres. We can handle multiple repair issues, but sometimes it might be best to replace the concrete. We’ll give you the best recommendation, even if that means not installing a coating. An example of when the concrete should be replaced is when it is a small area, such as less than 2,000 square feet; in that case, the cost per square foot just becomes too high for the coating. Another example would be if the concrete is crumbling and there are chunks of concrete missing from the surface. This would not be an optimal surface to hold a coating, and thus should be replaced.

 

Now that you have an idea of whether you should replace your concrete or install a coating, which should prolong the life of your concrete, considering you choose a quality system and a team of experienced professionals to install it, we will discuss each system, starting with Pebble Technology, also known as Pebble Tec.

 

Overview of Pool Deck Coating Options:

 

Pebble Technology:

This is an aggregate pool finish that offers different textures and colors to create a natural environment, using small to large pebbles from around the world.

 

Pros:

  • Nature-inspired appearance
  • Slip-resistant
  • Cooler than some other coating options, like paint

 

Cons:

  • Difficult to repair
  • Tends to delaminate and peel
  • Installers not in every state, like Colorado
  • High cost
  • Traps dirt, therefore harboring bacteria

 

Concrete Paint:

Concrete paint is exactly what it sounds like; it is a paint designed for concrete pool decks. It is like painting a wall in your house, except you paint a thin layer onto the concrete, then often seal it and apply a texture for slip-resistance.

 

Pros:

  • Less expensive upfront
  • Large range of color options

 

Cons:

  • Tends to chip and peel
  • Can be slippery if texture is not added
  • Highlights flaws in the concrete
  • Looks like paint

 

Cement-based Coatings:

A cement-based coating is a polymer modified cement that is installed onto the concrete surface at about ¼ inch thick.

 

Pros:

  • Customizable look
  • Good texture when not sealed
  • Decorative appearance
  • Can hide flaws
  • Some are UV-resistant

 

Cons:

  • Usually requires a high gloss sealer, which can be slippery
  • Tends to chip, peel, and crack
  • Needs sealer applied often

 

Vinyl Chip:

Decorative vinyl chips systems, or flake systems, are resin-based chip/flake flooring systems with paint aggregates that is either applied to a pool deck with a hand broadcast or by a hopper-blower gun.

 

Pros:

  • Customizable: comes in many colors and sizes
  • Hides sub-surface imperfections
  • Colorfast, UV-stable pigments

 

Cons:

  • Can be slippery
  • Can blister

 

Sand Broadcast:

This is our unique pool deck resurfacing system that we created with years of knowledge and experience in the concrete coatings and repair industry. It takes the strength of a parking deck coating with a resin-based base layer and blends it with local quartz that is thrown by hand evenly over the surface for a natural finish.

 

Pros:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Decorative, but natural appearance
  • Cost-effective
  • Durable
  • Hides sub-surface imperfections
  • UV-resistant and chemical-resistant
  • Crack-resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Optional sealer

Cons:

  • More expensive upfront investment than other options

 

In summary, there are several different options you have in comparison to replacing your pool deck. By looking carefully at each of the options listed in this blog, hopefully you have a better idea on where to spend your money: repairing or replacing, and which system to use that will best fit your needs. There are benefits to each kind of system, but when deciding which pool deck coating system, keep in mind the long-term investment decision. For a better system, like the sand broadcast pool deck system, it might cost more upfront, but it will be worth it in the long run, prolonging the life of your pool deck and making it look beautiful with a flexible, high technology sandy coating that looks like you’re on the beach. Contact us to save your pool deck today at 720-258-6571!

 

 

 

Apartment Complex Pool Deck Coating

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A Pool Deck Coating is a Perfect Option for Multi-family and Home Owner’s Associations!

Last week we finished a pool deck coating at an apartment complex in Westminster, Colorado. In only five days we transformed the 4,000 square foot deck into a beautiful, slip-resistant, and durable pool deck. This kept the property management company from having to rip out and replace the pool deck, which would have been more costly and would have made more of a disturbance in the daily operations.

 

Our crew was excited to do this project! The pool deck needed some patching and minor repairs here and there, and we were up for the task! We had beautiful weather and the on-site team was great to work with. Even the residents stopped by to say hi when they passed by, asking us lots of questions about their new pool deck coating. The pool deck needed repairs, however it was in good enough condition to opt for the pool deck resurface instead of replacing it. Some things to look for when deciding whether to replace the concrete or to resurface it with a brand new coating are:

  • How big are the repairs needed? Are there deep holes that are more structural issues rather than aesthetic and minor unevenness in the concrete? If so, replacing might be better. If there are just minor repairs, consider having us install a pool deck coating.
  • Do you have a time limit or budget you’re trying to meet? Our crew can repair and apply our sandbroadcast pool deck coating system in a matter of days, depending on how big the deck is at around $6-8/square foot, again, depending on the size.
  • Do you want your concrete to last longer without having to replace it? Our sandbroadcast pool deck coatings are durable, flexible, and beautiful. After we prep the concrete thoroughly, which can include washing it with a pressure washer, patching, and even grinding the concrete, we broadcast this quartz into the coating base. This base coating is high technology and is used for parking decks, so it is durable as they come. Here’s this pool deck in the preparation stage of the process:

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A Pool Deck Transformed

The residents at 9100 Vance in Westminster can now enjoy the pool when the management company re-opens it. Depending on the temperatures when we applied the system, pool users can use the pool as soon as 24 hours after the application is complete. *Check with us if you have questions about specific timing for your project. The residents will appreciate the new, crisp look, and will appreciate that it is even and slip-resistant.

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Call us today at 720-258-6571 for your new pool deck transformation!

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Pool Deck Coating in Greenwood Village, Colorado

Pool Deck Coating

Colorado Concrete Repair finished a pool deck coating for a Greenwood Village community pool April 2016. The pool deck needed repairs before we coated it, so we went straight to work patching, grinding, and overall prepping the concrete surface, so that the coating would adhere and last a long time. The project took us one week and now the pool is ready to be used for the season. Luckily we finished it right before a spring snow storm hit!

We take pride in prepping each surface before we apply a coating or sealing the concrete. This step is arguably the most important step, because if the surface is not prepped correctly, the product(s) we apply on top may not last or adhere as well. Here’s how the pool deck looked before we put the coating on; this is the preparation part of the project.

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Pool deck coating before Greenwood Village

Pool Deck Coating

Before pool deck coating – Greenwood Village

Our client wanted a pool deck system that was slip-resistant, looked nice, and would stand up to the water elements. He chose the Caramel Mountain 1/8″ Graniflex system, which provides ultimate flexibility and actually strengthens the surface, plus looks good.

First, we prepped and repaired the concrete surface, then we installed a primer water vapor coat, secondly a basecoat, and finally two polyaspartic topcoats. This is what the finished product looked like:

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Greenwood Village Pool Deck Coating

Pool Deck Coating

Greenwood Village Pool Deck Coating

Is your pool deck ready for swim season? Call us today at 720-258-6571 to schedule a free estimate! We look forward to working with you! Check out our pool deck coatings page to read more!