Pool Deck Resurfacing Options: Materials And Factors That Affect Your Choice

11 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Resurfacing your pool deck is often the easiest way to add some glamour, color and style to your deck and your home in general. There are numerous pool deck resurfacing options in the market. All you have to do is decide the color, pattern or style you want.

Resurfacing materials

Concrete

This happens to be a popular option as it offers a wide range of choices. It can be stamped to simulate wood, brick, rocks, marbles, etc. You can also tint it using pebbles, sand and/or polished rocks to improve slip resistance or match the current decor. Durability is one of the biggest selling points of concrete.

Tile

Tiles are quite versatile as they come in different designs and can replicate almost anything. They can be laid on concrete, wood or leveled decks and can be quite cheap because you can choose to tile the deck yourself.

Wood

Wooden decks require sanding, water sealer coating, staining and replacing damaged boards. For drastic change, one can resurface concrete decks by easily laying wooden boards. Good plank choices include hardwood, redwood or treated wood.

Brick/slate

Using real bricks instead of a material that simulates them can be very expensive and time consuming. The bricks are specially designed depending on what the owner wants and extensive preparation is required. The material is quite durable and offer excellent slip resistance.

Carpet

This is easy, fast and cheap and you can do it yourself. All you need is water resistant glue and the carpet. Carpets are, however, not as durable, especially if they are exposed to extreme weather.

Paint

This is quite easy as well and it allows you to play around with color, style and texture since you can add granite, sand, pebbles, etc. to the paint. This also improves slip resistance.

Factors that influence the choice of resurfacing material

  • Budget: Brick and flagstone are very expensive, so those with tight budgets can opt for tile or even cheaper options like paint and carpets.
  • Maintenance ease: With time, some materials need replacement, filling or sanding (e.g. bricks), but others (like concrete) rarely change and they are also easy to clean.
  • Slip resistance: Deck material should offer good traction, especially when wet, to prevent accidents.
  • Design and personal preferences: Most people opt for versatile material as this allows them to recreate their ideal decks.  Bricks can be specially designed while concrete can be stamped and tinted with other additives.
  • Heat reflection: This is important for the comfort of users. Some materials absorb heat and make the deck hot. Toppings, lighter material and decorations can be used to avert this problem.