Taking the time to resurface a concrete pool deck will instantly bring a renewed and enhanced sense of beauty to your backyard and the costs for resurfacing are far less than the costs of replacing old concrete pool decks with new concrete. Anyone can hire an independent contractor to resurface a pool deck but unknown to many people, the job of swimming pool resurfacing is quite manageable for most motivated DIY homeowners. This guide will show you what you need to do to resurface your pool deck and patio area.
Choose what kind of concrete resurfacing overlay you wish to apply to your concrete swimming pool deck and patio. Depending on your aesthetic desires you may choose a concrete overlay which is capable of stamping for an artistic look and texture in addition to the standard coloring improvement. Because you are resurfacing your pool area you may decide to go with a resurfacing overlay which combines a non-skid element and or one that resists the chemicals usually found in pool systems. The many varieties of concrete overlays will vary in price so take this into consideration as well.
Clean your concrete pool deck thoroughly before beginning the resurfacing project. If there are cracks or chips in the cement they will have to be repaired before a concrete overly is applied.
Guard your pool system from the resurfacing material. No matter what concrete resurfacing compound you use you will not want the material to get into the water. If need be you can drain your system but using a pool cover to shield the water from the concrete pool deck coating material and a little care should be all that is needed.
Lightly dampen your concrete pool deck area with water and apply a thin coat of cement paste to the surface.
Apply the pool deck coating to your existing concrete slab with your standard cement sculpting tools. Make sure to evenly coat the entire area and work the resurfacing compound into deep impressions as necessary. Be careful not to leave marks in the concrete resurfacing compound as you spread it thin and flat.
If you have decided to stamp patterns into your concrete resurfacing compound make sure to apply the stamp as you work your way across your pool deck. Once the concrete resurfacing compound is flat and you've moved on you will not be able to stamp it without treading over your wet pool deck.
Allow ample time for the concrete resurfacing compound to dry. The time required will vary depending upon the variety of concrete coating you used. You should always consult your products labels before resurfacing a concrete pool deck to ensure all potential circumstantial issues are addressed.