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Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Pool Deck

Friends Having Fun In A Swimming Pool With a Concrete Pool Deck

You want your pool deck to look like a welcoming spot to lounge and dry off, but after years of rough Minnesota weather, everyday use, and runoff from pool chemicals, your concrete pool deck begins to wear out. A deck upgrade boosts your home’s value, improves safety, and helps your home look better overall. 

Signs That Your Pool Deck Needs an Upgrade

Knowing whether your pool deck needs an upgrade is more straightforward than you might think! Here are some telltale signs you should be looking out for: 

Cracks and Damage: Tiny cracks in your concrete can spread and quickly turn into a much bigger issue. The resurfacing process fills these cracks and prevents them from spreading.

Fading and Discoloration: Sunlight, pool chemicals, and water can fade and stain your deck. 

Slippery Surface: A slippery deck is a hazard. Resurfacing brings back the grip needed to keep it safe.

Resurfacing Options to Consider

There are several ways to resurface a concrete pool deck, and each comes with its own set of perks:

Stamped Concrete Overlay: A stamped overlay can make your concrete look like it’s made of stone, brick, or wood. A stamped overlay looks great and is tough enough to handle tons of foot traffic and harsh weather. While it may give your deck a higher-end look, stamped overlays do come with a higher price tag and require some upkeep. Regular sealing is a must to keep it looking good, and your concrete may get slippery if it’s not finished with the right non-slip sealer.

Microtopping: Microtopping provides a sleek, modern look, perfect for updating a pool deck without extensive demolition. It’s highly customizable, available in various colors and can be textured with patterns. Microtopping is great for smoothing over old surface flaws, but it needs careful prep to stick well, which can be a lot of work. Over time, it might wear out or fade, especially if it’s often exposed to harsh weather, so you’ll need to maintain it regularly to keep it looking good.

Acid Staining: Acid staining gives your pool deck rich, unique colors through a chemical reaction that permanently changes the concrete’s color. This technique creates beautiful, varied effects that add an artistic touch. However, the colors are mostly earth tones, and results can vary with the concrete’s age and composition. Also, acid-stained surfaces can be slippery when wet, so a non-slip additive is recommended for safety.

Slip-resistant Coatings: Slip-resistant coatings help keep everyone on their feet around the pool. These coatings add texture to your deck to help prevent slips and falls. Slip-resistant coatings fit over most deck surfaces and can blend in with your deck’s design. While they’re a great way to boost safety, they may need to be reapplied occasionally due to wear from foot traffic, pool chemicals, and sunlight.

How Concrete Deck Resurfacing Works 

Here’s what you can expect during the resurfacing process:

Step 1 – Deck Cleaning: First, your deck gets a thorough clean (usually through pressure washing) to get rid of all of its dirt and debris. 

Step 2 – Fixing Up Damages: Any cracks or damage on your concrete gets fixed so that your new surface can be easily and smoothly applied.

Step 3 – Applying the New Surface: Depending on the material you choose, your new surface material gets poured, spread, or sprayed onto your concrete.

Step 4 – Curing and Sealing: Your concrete’s new surface needs time to set. Once cured, a sealant is applied to protect it from moisture, chemicals, and sun damage.

Why Resurfacing is a Smart Move

Resurfacing your concrete pool deck has many benefits, including: 

Enhanced Safety: A new surface can greatly improve traction, reducing the risk of slips and falls around your pool.

Revitalized Appearance: You can transform your pool area with various resurfacing options, such as modern micro topping, rustic acid-stained looks, or elegant stamped concrete, refreshing your outdoor space.

Increased Durability: The new surface provides a barrier against environmental damage and wear, extending the deck’s lifespan.

Cost Efficiency: Resurfacing is more affordable than a full deck overhaul. It prevents severe damage, saving you money in the long run.

Value Addition: A well-maintained pool area boosts your home’s value, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

How To Find the Right Contractor to Resurface a Concrete Pool Deck

When it comes to resurfacing your pool deck, the quality of the work greatly depends on the expertise of the contractor you choose. Concrete Coatings of Minnesota, based in Minneapolis and family-run, is the Twin Cities’ most trusted name for concrete coatings. Our team of factory-trained and certified technicians never cut corners, ensuring your project is done right the first time. We specialize in year-round indoor installations, with floors ready to walk on within 24 hours, and our use of top-brand products guarantees a durable finish. 
Check out our customer reviews to see why we’re the top choice for concrete resurfacing projects!

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