Pool decks have long been a prime customer choice for concrete installations. Concrete pool decks are beautiful and functional, but in order to keep them looking their best for years to come, regular maintenance is important.
When installing concrete pool decks, contractors know they are checking a lot of boxes. In addition to helping homeowners enjoy relaxing time by their pool, they are also important for safety, curb appeal and resale value. Therefore, maintaining pool decks is equally important to maintaining other concrete surfaces around homes such as driveways, sidewalks, patios and more.
Whether your company is responsible for ongoing maintenance of concrete pool deck installations, or you’re leaving them in the care of the homeowner, here are some steps every contractor should follow to keep concrete pool decks beautiful, functional, and safe.
1. USE A QUALITY CONCRETE SEALER TO PROTECT POOL DECKS
Sealing any concrete installation is incredibly important and beneficial, but it’s especially vital for pool decks due to an increased exposure to water and potentially destructive chemicals.
Unprotected concrete stains easily and is prone to surface damage and physical deterioration. A quality sealer protects concrete pool decks from ugly stains caused by algae, mold, leaves and dirt common around pools and also from man-made stains such as suntan oil or strawberry daiquiris.
Additionally, sealers protect against physical deterioration or spalling which happens in cooler climates that have to deal with freezing and thawing. When moisture is absorbed into the surface of your deck, it can freeze and expand when temperatures drop. This can cause the concrete to flake or peel and open the area to increased damage in the future.
The next step goes hand in hand with sealing but can be more easily performed by
homeowners—but contractors should always recommend that they follow through with it.
2. PRESSURE WASH CONCRETE POOL DECKS
Obviously sealing concrete installations is vital, but another step that is incredibly helpful for maintaining the beauty of concrete pool decks is pressure washing. Trees and damp conditions can cause dirt, algae, mold and other unsightly elements to collect making concrete pool decks dirty and slippery.
Pressure washing removes dirt, mold and algae quickly and easily. Again, this service can be performed by the contractor, or simply recommended to the homeowner as part of routine maintenance.
3. REPAIR CRACKS
Even though a quality sealer reduces the likelihood and frequency of cracks and spalling, as nature take its toll on pool decks, cracks can eventually appear. These cracks pose tripping hazards and can make concrete pool decks vulnerable to further damage as water can seep in causing soil to shift below the concrete.
4. LIFT AND LEVEL SINKING CONCRETE
Contractors know that even with the best care and attention to sealing, cleaning and upkeep, over time concrete will shift and settle, and a sinking deck slab can cause a treacherous tripping hazard. Although it may be necessary to replace the installation if it is too far gone, there are many ways to repair such hazards such as mud-jacking, sand-jacking, poly-jacking, and grout filling.
Have more questions about concrete sealing pool decks or other surfaces? Contact the concrete experts at Redi-Mix colors today!