A concrete pool deck that’s paved in the standard gray is functional, and in its simplest form, provides a way for your family to get around the pool. But gray or white concrete is boring, so how do you get around it? An attractive alternative is to spruce up your pool deck with stamped concrete designs. It will retain the functionality of the deck but transform your backyard into a private oasis. Hire a contractor to get the job done, and you’ll spend all summer lazing by the pool.
What Is Stamped Concrete?
Stamped concrete involves a process of creating patterns into concrete before it’s had a chance to dry. Also known as imprinted, decorative and patterned, stamped concrete can be made to look like brick, slate, wood, cobblestone, and other finishes – without the expensive costs attached.
The contractor will create the designs shortly after the concrete is poured and smoothed. This will ensure that the patterns set as the concrete dries. Apart from the patterns and textures, the contractor will also add color that will complement the outdoor décor.
Color may be added in one of two ways. This first is to add dyes directly to the concrete as it’s being mixed and the other is to add color to the surface as the concrete cures. With both options, it’s possible to add further color to the surface to create a spectacular display of multiple colors. The options for pattern and color are unlimited, which means that your design may be one of a kind. Once the concrete is colored and set, a sealant may be applied to the surface to provide a layer of protection. The sealant not only protects the investment made in the floor, but also makes it easy to clean and maintain.
Stamped concrete has revolutionized the options available for pool decks, patios and sidewalks. Now homeowners can customize these areas to complement the exterior of their homes. But there are several distinct advantages for using stamped concrete in your backyard pool areas. The primary advantages are the ability to blend the deck with the natural settings of your outdoor environment and the option to replicate standard floors for less.
Not only are stamped concrete pool deck coating is economical, but they also provide for the safety of your guests. Infuse a sealant additive into your concrete sealer and you’ll eliminate the issue of traction. You’ll need to apply sealant at regular intervals to protect your investment against constant traffic and weather conditions. The sealant may be applied once every 2-3 years.
You’ll also need to keep the surface of the deck clean. Mold and mildew could be a problem around the pool, so clean the area regularly to avoid slips and falls. A power washer or scrubbing with a mild detergent is all that’s needed to prevent the accumulation of dirt, mold and mildew.
It’s easy to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional pool deck using stamped concrete. With dozens of patterns, textures and colors to choose from, you can create a unique design that everyone will adore.
Crystal is a 4th Year Architecture Student studying at WIT. She blogs on construction and real estate topics occasionally in her free time.