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Pool Deck Options: Decorative Concrete Overlays vs. Pavers

by on November 2, 2017

Upon seeing a pool area for the first time, the first thing that we notice is the pool water. How magnificent it is and how enticing. However, the pool deck plays a huge role in making it look as it should. Imagine an ugly or boring deck around a pool. No matter how pure and magical the water is, the unpleasant traits of the deck greatly influences its appearance. After it is concluded that the pool decking is equally important, the battle for which material to use now ensues. The topmost materials used on decks are decorative pool deck overlays and pavers. Which is better? Let’s find out.

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Pool deck coatings for concrete can be installed on top of an existing deck. It is a popular pool deck repair method for covering up blemishes and surface deep damage. It can be designed to look almost like any type of paving material, including pavers. Pavers, on the other hand, requires more time to install since each piece is placed and fitted with each other. More time would be needed if it involves a specific pattern.

Cost

Decorative coatings are known for its affordability. It uses a small amount of material, using the existing deck as a base. Additional costs may only incur when the surface is customized with stains, scoring, and the like. Pavers are bought per piece. Installation may cost more since the subgrade needs to prepared well enough to keep the pavers intact and non-shifting. The gaps would then need to be filled to keep the pieces in place.

Aesthetics

The design selection is much wider with decorative concrete than with pavers. Stamped overlays for pool decks can be designed to look like almost anything. The most popular designs include ashlar, fractured slate, flagstone, and more. It can be stained by hand or by spray to make it look more realistic and appealing. Pavers come in different shapes and colors, too, but the design selection is quite limited.

Upkeep

Pavers can be quite difficult to clean and maintain. The gaps between the individual pieces can encourage dirt, water, and snow to sink in. Weed and other unpleasant things can also grow in the gaps. Coatings, on the other hand, only feature shallow grooves that do not go all the way through. This means the existing slab underneath is protected. Resurfaced and refinishing pool decks are also often topped off with a sealer, adding a layer of protection and keeping the concrete from absorbing any dirt or moisture.

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