The pool deck is an outdoor living space for many people. It can be made of engineered wood, concrete, brick, stone, or pavers. Resurfacing a pool deck can give it new life and offer you an opportunity to update your backyard space with features that provide comfort and safety for you and those around you.
We’ve highlighted some of the most important things to consider when choosing a deck resurfacing contractor in this article. We’ve also provided some helpful tips on how you can maximize your investment by caring for your deck properly.
What Is Pool Deck Resurfacing?
Pool deck resurfacing is the process of resurfacing the entire surface of the pool deck, usually due to excessive wear and tear, cracks, stains, or discoloration. The surface is removed with a power washer and replaced with pool deck coatings.
Pool decks need some resurfacing from time to time because of the constant wear and tear caused by foot traffic, moisture, and rain. A pool deck can prevent water from leaking out and give a pool area a more professional appearance.
To be precise about the type of deck we’re talking about, we’re going to share this definition from The Spruce:
“The hardscape area surrounding your swimming pool is referred to as a surround, deck, or decking, even though it isn’t always made of wood or composite, as traditional outdoor decks are. Traditionally, concrete has been used to construct the majority of in-ground swimming pool decks. In addition to pavers and brick, other materials such as natural stone and concrete are popular alternatives.”Lisa, pool care writer.
Why Resurface Your Pool Deck?
There are many reasons why you should resurface your pool deck. Resurfacing prevents water from leaking through the cracks, which can cause severe damage to the structure and other pool equipment.
The pool deck surface wears off due to heat and pressure from foot traffic. Foot traffic can also cause stains on the surface of the pool deck.
Regardless of the deck type or how carefully and diligently you maintain your pool deck, the area surrounding your swimming pool is continuously exposed. Water, direct sunshine, chlorine, dirt, and other environmental factors could regularly deteriorate the pool’s deck longevity.
You may notice symptoms of wear and tear on your pool deck that suggests it is time to consider resurfacing. Here’s what to look for:
- Changes in texture
- Rotting (common on wooden decks)
- Structural damage
With these typical red flags, you can evaluate if your decking only requires a proper maintenance schedule or whether a total resurfacing is necessary to improve the area’s safety, longevity, and aesthetics. The general conditions of the materials of your deck will determine the complexity of the task.
DIY Approach to Pool Deck Resurfacing
Some pool owners consider pool deck resurfacing to be a project they may complete on their own to save money. They assume that by purchasing a few supplies and equipment and watching online video lessons, they would be able to complete the task at hand.
However, the increased cost aspect is often a misconception.
The needed materials may wind up costing around the same as employing a contractor, who can typically source the same materials for far less. And, while some homeowners possess some do-it-yourself skills, they may be unaware of the correct procedures for ensuring the pool deck’s longevity and general quality over time. We’ve seen instances where well-intentioned fixes require redoing or more extensive (and costly) maintenance.
Specific pool-building experience provides an understanding of the challenges associated with deck resurfacing. A seasoned contractor will be aware of the dangers and will use the best items and procedures. Depending on the scale of the pool deck resurfacing job, the renovation is often similar to a construction job.
A common resurfacing project sometimes includes etching and grounding to prepare the deck, pressure washing, applying sealant, laying down new real stone or composite, and finally sealing the entire surface with a topcoat.
Other times, however, the pool deck resurfacing is merely repainting an existing surface after removing any flaking paint or other materials that need replacing. And applying a durable finish to protect the area from other deteriorating elements.
One more thing to consider is the project should comply with building codes. According to DIY networks, “Building codes say a deck with a walking surface that’s 30 inches or more above grade needs a railing that’s at least 36 inches high, with balusters spaced not more than 4 inches apart. Also, free-standing decks — not attached to a structure — do not need frost-proof footings.”
If you lack experience in the pool or decking sectors, you risk wasting time and money and even lowering the value of your house. We strongly advise you to seek expert assistance.
Finding the Pool Deck Resurfacing Contractor
Now that you’re a little convinced that hiring a professional to resurface your pool deck is the best course of action, let’s go over some of the criteria for selecting the best contractor. Here are things to look at when you’re beginning your online research:
- Consider how long the company has been in business and whether it has a track record of completed pool building and restoration projects.
In this instance, more is better. Newer, less experienced players may provide cheaper rates, but they also carry more risks. Precautions must be taken!
- Confirm that the company employs certified technicians with specialized training in deck resurfacing and pool deck repair.
- Request references.
This is crucial! Not only is this a good way to gauge how effectively the company operates, but it also allows you to assess how you might treat your deck if something were to go wrong.
- If possible, ask for photos of completed projects so you can get an idea of what your pool deck will look like after the completion of the project.
- Ask whether or not your place of business accepts credit cards so that you don’t have to commit too much cash up front.
- See whether the company has a warranty and how comprehensive it is.
If your contractor can go outside the box and suggest innovative solutions tailored to your needs, budget, and lifestyle, this is a significant plus. By working with the appropriate company, you can take advantage of this chance to modernize your pool deck with modern features such as the following:
- Beach entry or Baja shelf
- Innovative deck extension that provides more outdoor spaces
- Added lounging, dining, kitchen, mini bar, and entertaining areas
- Elevated decking for more views
- More water and fire features
Apart from safety and quality, an experienced contractor can offer innovative advice on maximizing the value of your deck resurfacing job while remaining within your budget.
Pool Deck Maintenance
Assume you’ve located an excellent contractor. Your pool deck has been newly resurfaced and comes with a 10- to 15-year longevity with regular care.
What actions should you regularly take to ensure the surface remains in good condition for an extended time?
Here are some approaches that may prove useful to you when taking care of the deck.
- Protect the surface of your deck against damage caused by chipping from heavy things (such as deck furniture) or discoloration caused by pool chemicals
- Water down the deck using a hose with a spray nozzle to prevent the accumulation of dirt, debris, and mildew.
- Be careful in adding potted plants, outdoor chairs, barbecues, and other equipment that retain water and cause staining to the deck.
- Dirt and chemicals such as plant food, which contain iron, can leave rust stains on your deck. Be sure to get them off the deck area as soon as possible. We recommend placing a plant stand and a tray under your plants to collect extra water.
- Apply slip-resistant to the deck to prevent slips and falls
- Regularly sweep away debris, leaves, and insects that can harm the surface of your waterproof deck.
- Try not to overflood the soil around your deck because it may cause soil expansion which can damage your pool deck.
- Fill in cracks on your deck with epoxy grout which may help the deck be more resistant against scuffing, wear, and chemical spills.
- Regularly scrape off limescale deposits on your pool deck (such as calcium chloride) to prevent its build-up.
- Regularly mist your pool deck with a hose while using a pH-balanced cleaner to protect the surface of the wood.
- Do not use any chlorine or bleach products because they can deteriorate the aesthetic appeal of your pool deck.
You can take these steps to ensure that your pool deck is well-maintained. From protecting against damage to maintaining an attractive appearance, it’s worth it!
We hope you enjoyed this article about pool deck resurfacing. Also, if you have any other ideas on how to choose the best contractor for your pool deck resurfacing project, share them with us in the comments section below.
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