A Word about Concrete
Concrete is one of the most-used building materials in the world. Made from just four components (Portland cement, aggregate, sand and water), it is very frequently used in horizontal applications (i.e. floors etc) as well as vertical applications (i.e. walls). It is poured in the field (for instance in your backyard) or it is poured in a factory as pre-cast product, and then transported to the job site.
Concrete has a lot of compressive strength (2,000psi and 3,000psi for most residential applications), is relatively inexpensive and easy to source. In a typical backyard, it is more easily installed than most alternatives. For instance, if you were to install pavers, the ground has to be perfectly compacted and graded for the best results. Concrete does not need a perfectly graded surface… it can level out grade issues on its own or with just a little help! (within reason, of course)
No wonder that concrete is still the NUMBER ONE choice when it comes to installing a pool deck. To most home owners, installing a pool is a major financial commitment. Anyone who has ever spent tens of thousands of dollars on a pool, plus needed equipment, plus a heater, plus new furniture, plus a storage shed, etc…. can easily understand that when it comes to deciding about the pool deck, new concrete is a very sensible solution. New concrete actually looks fabulous in the first few years!
Twenty years later, though, it is a different story. Rain, sun, hail, heat, freezing, etc. They all give outdoor concrete a beating. Ever seen a twenty-year old sidewalk? Well, that’s what the typical pool deck looks like after twenty years too.
So, if you have a pool deck that doesn’t look like it used to, that has cracks, settling issues, discoloration, that is black and just unsightly, you are not alone.
The good news is, there is help. Get your project started with our Expert Tips for a Stunning Pool Deck
Almost any concrete condition can be vastly improved. Before ripping out any concrete, look into how it can be turned into a warm and welcoming surface. You may be surprised!