Repair or replacement of the deck and patio around your pool will make a drastic improvement in the aesthetics and safety for your family and friends while enjoying the pool. There are so many choices available today, however, some can be very expensive!
Choose the Right Materials
It’s important to pick materials that are not only beautiful but are skid resistant, heat reflective, and long-lasting. They must hold up to the freeze-thaw cycles that we experience in Maryland each season. It’s important that the decking materials keep water from seeping through so that the pool is itself is protected from the water around it. Proper rainwater runoff and drainage must be created. Some decking can become wavy and buckle under those intense pressures from the earth, while others can create more maintenance for you such as weed control through joints, cracks, and crevices.
Brick, stone, pavers and stamped concrete can be beautiful; however, they may not hold up to the standard required for a pool deck. Some can be slippery; some create more maintenance and some allow water through the surface. In addition, they are extremely expensive. Also, aesthetically they can compete with the other hardscape surfaces around the pool area.
The costs associated with deck replacement can be reduced by choosing poured concrete. Available in finishes that are beautiful and blend with the landscaped pool coping and tile as well as deck furniture makes it a great choice. A finely finished brushed concrete deck is the least expensive and will provide those virtues. Exposed aggregate is another good choice; however, it can be a little tough on your feet.
Pool Decking Costs
Surprisingly, a poured concrete deck replacement can be quick and inexpensive. In most cases, it’s only a 2 to a 3-day job and costs less than $10,000.