Inground pool decks are now given nearly as much attention as the interior design of the home.
One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a decorative concrete pool deck, a colored, textured and inviting area surrounding the pool that does more than provide a safe, slip-resistant deck for sunbathing and barbecuing. Decorative concrete has opened the doors to creating pool decks that complement the exterior of the home, meld with the outdoor environment, and replicate exotic and traditionally expensive materials such as slate, stone or even wood.
- Many stamp patterns are available. Seamless stone, slate, and flagstone are some of the most popular.
- Wide variety of colors to choose from. Stamped concrete is often composed of at least two colors; a base color that is mixed in the concrete or trowelled into the surface, and a second color called a release agent that is broadcasted on top of the concrete just before stamping. The relationship of these two colors is what gives stamped concrete it’s unique antiqued look.
- It can mimic other materials such as slate, flagstone, or brick for a fraction of the cost of the natural material.
- Stamped concrete is sealed which protects it from the elements as well as pool chemicals like salt from salt water systems.
- They won’t crack…if installed correctly.
- Can be easily added to in the future.
- If underground repairs are needed, a seamless fix is possible.
- Not slippery unless sealed, which is seldom done around pools.
Coping is the term used to identify the stone or concrete material used to cap the pool shell wall. Options available are poured in place concrete, pre-cast concrete material, tile, and natural stone. (Pavers, flagstone, stones, etc.)
Poured concrete allows the coping to be one unit with the pool deck, incorporating the coping right over the edge of the pool so that there is no break in the finish on the horizontal plane. This method can help to make a small area around the pool look much bigger, and give the deck cleaner lines.
Natural stone or brick coping offers the warmth, texture and sturdiness of stone. Materials ranging from quarried granite, to limestone to natural fieldstone offer beautiful and long lasting coping solutions. In working with natural stone, it is very important to specify consistent coping thickness for this most visible pool element.
Precast concrete coping offers the choice of a wide range of textures, patterns and colors, often at a significantly lower cost than poured concrete or natural stone. From an installation standpoint, it is typically simpler to install, and it is also usually easier to provide uniformity in thickness and color than when working with natural stone.