When it comes to designing a backyard pool getaway, many people need to choose between their favorite design choice and the one they can afford. Previously, homeowners were met with limited options; due to financial concerns, they only had concrete or colored concrete to choose from. Up until recently, the best looking pool deck surfaces were too expensive for the average homeowner to afford. Thanks to concrete engineering advancements, more choices are now available.

By using properly engineered concrete or concrete and polymer mixtures, a layer as thin as a credit card can be applied to an existing pool deck, transforming a backyard getaway into the one that the owner originally envisioned, rather than the one they settled for. The pool deck resurfacing products available for sale today are designed for quick drying time and they are affordable; a homeowner can do the upgrade in as little as one day.

It is also important to note the freedom these products provide. For instance, if a home owner wanted the look of stone, there are systems that will allow the installer to stamp or stencil the concrete, giving it the look of stone. Slip resistance can be added if the pool deck was originally too slick and any color combination can be had as well. As technology continues to improve, more companies are offering the products you need at an affordable price.

Pool deck resurfacing can be done to any concrete pool deck that is free of major cracks or other major structural issues. To begin, the surface is usually prepared with rough buffing that is designed to ensure the resurfacing materials bond better to the surface; then the concrete mixture is applied. With some systems, you apply the material with a trowel, but others may require it to be sprayed on. What is ideal about spray-on resurfacing systems is that they self-level; this means you don’t have to smooth the surface during the setup process.

Concrete resurfacing projects are popular because the products are strong and durable; they are designed to withstand UV exposure, high temperatures, humidity, and normal wear and tear. On top of this, these products are engineered to withstand years of being in a pool area, including being resistant to pool chemicals, including the most modern salt-based systems.

Adding flair to a pool area with resurfacing is a popular trend that continues to grow due it is ease and affordability. It is far cheaper to have a basic slab installed, then a thin layer of artistry added rather than doing all of that work to the stab itself. Pool design experts will recommend this if they feel it will save you money and them time on the job.

Your swimming pool is a lifetime investment. Over time it will require you to complete some basic maintenance tasks to extend the life of your investment. Some pool maintenance know-how is required for any savvy swimming pool owner.

One common task in swimming pool maintenance is the repair of the concrete pool deck. Cracks in the concrete of your swimming pool deck may result from soil conditions or heat and sometimes freezing thaw cycles. Learning how to repair these cracks yourself could save you money during the life of your swimming pool.

1. First you must prepare the crack in your swimming pool’s concrete deck for repair. Large cracks will not need preparation. However, small cracks must be opened larger in order to allow the filler material to penetrate and bind to the damaged area. To enlarge the crack in your swimming pool you can use a crack chaser blade. Crack chaser blades may be purchased at your local hardware store.

2. The second step in repairing the concrete in swimming pools is to make sure that the area you are repairing is clean, dry, and full of debris. Keep in mind that the bonding repair agent needs to be able to adhere to the existing concrete structure. Moisture and debris will hinder this process, making pool maintenance more difficult. Faulty pool repair may also be counterproductive and just make the existing problem worse. Keep your work area clean and dry with a vacuum.

3. The third step is to fill in the crack with a concrete repair agent. These include high strength epoxy and polyurethane fillers which can be found at the hardware store or in a pool repair shop. Use a metal trowel to smooth out the filler after you have filled the hole tightly with your concrete repair agent. Work quickly while filling in cracks in your swimming pool because most of these compounds are designed to set quickly. Also, some of these filling agents can be purchased with applicators that extend into the crack to allow for easy application. Do your research beforehand to ensure that your pool repair is effective.

4. Next, silica sand should be sprinkled on the wet filler agent to increase the hold of the filler. After you have applied silica sand to the filled crack, smooth out the filled crack with your trowel.

5. Paint or cover your pool repair with the same material as the rest of the pool to blend the repair and make it less obvious.

6. Repeat steps one through five for each crack in your pool.

Pool maintenance is a necessary activity to extend the life of your swimming pool. If the cracks in your concrete deck are too large for easy repair, it may be advisable to call a swimming pool repair company in order to make sure that the job is completed in a way that is sustainable for the rest of the life of the swimming pool. Use your judgment here, but remember that it is better to be safe than sorry concerning swimming pools.