Pool decks can be as expensive as the cost of maintaining the pool itself. Regular maintenance is important to prevent problems down the road. A resurface from time to time will go a long way in preserving the integrity of a solid pool deck.
Look for cracking, scaling, and spalling before considering a resurface on your pool deck. (Spalling occurs when pressure breaks away the surface of concrete, exposing the coarse underlay of the foundation.)
Is Your Pool Deck Cracked?
One effective way to resurface a damaged portion of the deck is to use a concrete overlay or a microtopping, and apply it to the damaged area. This is an effective, cost saving way to repair the deck without completely replacing it.
According to the concrete network website, overlays sprayed on the damaged surface are just as effective as replacing the entire deck.
One example of a very successful resurface of a deck on a large scale took place in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey. The house in this example had a pool deck that stood for nearly a quarter of a century. Instead of replacing the deck, the owners simply resurfaced it.
Should You Reseal Your Pool Deck?
Another effective resurfacing method is to simply reseal the deck. To do this you will need sealant, trisodium phosphate which will clean the deck, a brush that can be attached to a pole, a paint roller on a pole, a five-gallon bucket of water, and a pressure washer.
- Pressure wash the deck
- Scrub it with the brush
- Mixing the trisodium phosphate and water, patch the deck if necessary
- Pressure wash it again to remove the trisodium phosphate.
- Apply sealer with paint roller
- Overlapping is necessary as the sealer needs to be visibly thick
- Roll on a second coat of sealer after the first coat
- Allow the sealer to dry for about an hour and a half.
Although not as comprehensive as a resurface, resealing a deck can do much to keep your pool deck protected.
Is Patching Your Pool Deck the Answer?
Patching a portion of the deck can be as good as an entire resurface.
- Rinse the deck and identify cracks
- Remove any debris in or around the crack
- Chip away loose portions of the concrete
- Let deck dry
- Create a patch mixture with liquid bonder and dry deck powder
- Add just enough water to make it about as viscous as pancake batter
- Dip a drywall brush into the mixture and let it drip into the crack and fill it.
- Do not “paint” over the crack.
Another method of resurfacing comes from DIY Network. Like resealing, it also involves pressure washing, but also a shot blaster or a scarifier.
Change Up Your Pool Deck With a Recolor!
Recoloring, another method of resurfacing, should only be done if a cosmetic change is desired. If the deck is damaged, it must be repaired first. Cosmetic changes can be needed due to discoloration from exposure to weather or pool chemicals. With recoloring, UV stain solution is combined with sealant, resulting in an appealing deck that will withstand the test of time.