|Posted on July 9, 2015 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Pool decks are always exposed to moisture and water and that’s why applying a sealant (preferably concrete) is very important. If the pool deck is not exposed to enough sunlight to allow proper drying, especially indoor pools, the concrete color might wear out and even result in mold growth. The pool area becomes slippery because of the mold and this can be quite hazardous for all the people around the pool. Applying concrete sealant maintains the color and finish around the pool deck. Also, it will prevent any cracks or stain from developing which contributes to the overall aesthetic value of the place. Here are a few ways on how to clean and reseal the pool deck properly. This will prevent having to do any major repairs or restoration of your pool deck.
First, start by cleaning the area thoroughly. That way, when you start the sealing process it will look brand new. You can clean using an outdoor broom to sweep the dirt and debris found in the deck. Note that, if you apply the sealant over the debris, it will not stick well and will wear out within the shortest time possible. If the pool deck is stained, scrub all the stains out using the right cleaning agents. If possible, get a garden hose and spray all the dirt away to guarantee that the deck is properly cleaned. Before applying the sealant, make sure the pool deck dries completely.
Pour your sealant into a container and mix it thoroughly. Don’t make any movements while mixing which will result in air bubbles in the mixture. Once you are done mixing, pour the sealant into a paint tray. Run your roller brush into the mixture to absorb an adequate amount for easier application. Start applying from the corners applying evenly and make sure the layer is very thin. Don’t apply to much sealant that will make unpleasant puddles on the deck. If they appear, you should roll them out with the roller brush.
Allow the sealant at least 24 hours to dry completely. If possible, you should read the directions for use available on the container for the best results. By allowing it to dry properly, the sealant becomes more efficient and will last longer. Test to see whether the first coat is completely dry before starting on the second one. Make sure you follow the same instructions as you did with the first coat for the best results. Once the second layer dries out too, you can add a third one. Note that, areas that are prone to more traffic such as the walkways need more sealant. Don’t let the third layer dry out completely before applying the top layer (the concrete sealer).
Now the sealing process is complete. You should allow the pool deck at least 10 days to completely dry!
|Posted on July 9, 2015 at 9:20 PM||comments (6)|
Having a pool is one of life's greatest privileges. When the hot days come upon us, nothing says relaxation like taking a dip in the pool.
What if you take a look outside and notice that your pool deck is starting to rot, wither, or otherwise come undone? Not only does that not look very good, but it could also be a safety hazard.
Yet replacing your pool deck can be incredibly expensive. Even worse if you just bought the house and are already tying up all your money inside. What do you do then? Why not try restoring it?
Save A Ton Of Money
Pool deck restoration can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. This goes for just about anything in your home, but your pool deck is no different. When you get a quote from a contractor or look it up yourself, take a look at the numbers between replacing and remodeling. You might be surprised to see how much money you save going with the latter.
For one thing, restoration can be as easy as giving it a top polish or cleaning up the bits in between. Meanwhile, completely replacing it requires you to dig everything up and use all new materials that have to go in. Not only that, but you have to pay for the labor to do this as well. Unless you want to go with a completely different design or material, there's no reason to replace your pool deck over restoring it to one of many beautiful finishes, such as simulated flagstone, or Acrylic Lace Texture.
You probably made the decision to fix up your deck shortly before summer. If you decide to go with the replacement process, you're looking at weeks or maybe even months of work. What if you want to have a pool party? Or more importantly, what if you want to use the deck yourself through the summer? What's the point of having a pool if you can't use it?
Restoration doesn't take anywhere near as long as replacement. With some dedicated time, you can be done in as little as a day depending on what you have to do. Just like that, your deck is ready for the summer.
At the end of the day, you'll go with what's best for your deck. Just keep in mind that restoration is always a choice, and an inexpensive, less time-consuming choice. Either way, enjoy your new deck!