Pools are made for splashing in. And you can’t really prevent splashing, especially if you have kids! A stamped concrete pool deck is a great choice for particularly sloshy installations, as sealant renders it tough on water, and a rough texture lends it additional grip. If you own one, you already know!
However, no pool deck, whether it’s made of stamped concrete or not, is completely immune to the damaging effects of moisture. And since you’ll be experiencing a lot more of it during the summer months, you’ll want to take steps to prolong the life of your structure.
Creative Concrete, your New Brighton residential concrete contractor, has a few simple tips to keep your concrete pool deck nice during the swimming season.
Keep Up On Cleanings
Proper care of your concrete patio is important. Between the dirt, debris from trees, and other exterior elements, the concrete will accumulate build-up, and if it's damp, this can lead to issues like mold or algae growth, creating a dangerous and slippery environment.
Pressure washing is one of the most effective and easiest ways to keep the surface clean, and whether you are choosing to DIY or hire a professional, it is recommended to do this at least once a year for optimal care.
Monitor the Status of Your Sealant
Your concrete’s sealant creates a barrier between water and the comparatively vulnerable substance below. It’s part of the reason pool concrete is so long-lasting – aside from its legendary strength.
However, when that sealant fades away, your concrete is left exposed. Over time, this can lead to premature wear, which is certainly not something you want to deal with in your lovely decorative concrete pool deck!
The chlorine in the pool water can also cause significant degradation, especially if the PH is unbalanced. We recommend you seal your pool concrete every few years and add a non-slip additive for added safety.
Keep Sunscreen Away
Be aware that if suntan lotion/spray gets on the pool deck, it can cause staining. Try to clean those areas immediately.
Better yet, try to apply your sunscreen in grassy areas away from the concrete.
The Dos & Don’ts of Pressure Washing Concrete
Pressure washers can get the job done due to their versatility and strength. However, there is a wrong way and a right way to use these machines on concrete. If misused, they can cause severe damage.
Here are just a few dos and dont's to keep your concrete in great condition.
DO: Use Low PSI
This means not cranking up the pressure on the washer because this can result in etching and damaging the sealant and concrete, directly affecting its value.
DO: Use the Correct Components
Including the pressure washer tip! You want to avoid having a stream that's too focused on a small area because this can cause damage, while at the same time avoiding a nozzle that's too broad because it may not have the power to get the deep clean you desire.
DON'T: Try to Remove Chemical Stains Like Sealants & Coatings
While a pressure washer is ideal for cleaning, you may have to use a specialized product for the stained areas.
DON'T: Use Power Washers in the Cold
This is because the concrete is more susceptible to moisture, and you want it to be completely dried out after the wash, so avoid washing until the weather warms up.
Enhance Your Design With These Concrete Pool Deck Ideas
Now that you know how to keep your concrete pool deck nice during swimming season, it’s time to lay down one so it’s ready to wow this summer. When you choose Creative Concrete, you won’t be stuck with a structure that looks like a community pool!
Here are some stamped and decorative concrete ideas for your new pool deck.
1. Wood-Look Stamped Concrete
True wooden pool decks are high-maintenance and impractical; wood and water don’t mix unless mold gets into the picture! However, there’s no denying the old-fashioned, down-home look that wooden fixtures create – and that decorative concrete can easily mimic.
With a stamped concrete pool deck that looks like wood, you can get the relaxing, rustic feel of a country swimming hole without the algae, duckweed, and bugs! For homeowners who adore both modern luxury and simple charms, few styles are better.
2. Luxurious Faux-Pavers
Just like wood, pavers make for a high-maintenance investment. Have fun constantly weeding between the cracks! Just like wood pool decks, pavers have quite a statement-making style, but it’s of contemporary luxury rather than old-school allure. Such looks are frequently seen around high-rise community pools and private establishments and are thus a great choice if you’re looking to impress the neighbors.
You don’t have time to babysit stone pavers, but you do deserve that high-end style. Luckily, stamped concrete can be made to look like various stone types, from classy Yorkstone to the delicate and coveted European fan.
Complete your set-up with trendy furniture, and your modern-style marvel is ready for a pool day!
3. Back to Nature
Slate decks and the like cost quite a pretty penny, but you have options if you crave that wilderness style. Indeed, stamped concrete can recreate the look to a T at a fraction of the price of the real thing!
Toss a Papasan chair by the pool or string up your hammock, and get ready to relax next to your perfectly natural-looking pool.
Long-Lasting Pool Decks: Contact Creative Concrete Today
Pool deck concrete requires special consideration when lain in order to stand up to the surrounding moisture. Luckily, the top-notch team at Creative Concrete has all the experience needed to bring you quality results.
Call our New Brighton office today at 612-414-7932 or contact us online to connect with our team.