What Happens During a Pool Deck Resurfacing Project?

Whether you admit it or not, you would be interested to know how a pool deck resurfacing project actually goes. The exact process varies for every job, of course, thanks to several influential factors. The size of the area could take longer to complete. Concrete surfaces with damage could require additional time for repairs and preparation. Also, the weather on the supposed installation day may cause it to get delayed or may involve custom practices and exceptions. Here is a brief glimpse a typical resurfacing job on a concrete pool deck:

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Before Pool Deck Resurfacing Begins

A common myth is that the more damaged a deck is, the longer the resurfacing process. It is possible because it would call for more extensive surface preparation. However, it is a case to case basis. Some contractors also specialize in repairing concrete, having the training and expertise to prepare the surface faster and more efficiently. Repairs are only applicable for minor and surface-deep damage.

Anything damage that is deep and extensive is often irreparable and may require a replacement. Resurfacing can still be done on a newly installed slab but the process would be much longer since the old one needs to be removed and a new mix must be poured and leveled.

During the Pool Deck Coating or Overlay Installation

More often than not, a pool deck resurfacing job will take about 3 to 5 days to complete. As mentioned earlier, this will depend on certain influential factors. After the surface is cleaned and repaired, the new coating or overlay is installed. For a stamped overlay, the coating is poured, troweled, stamped, and then stained, if desired. For a spray knockdown finish, the coating is sprayed onto the surface, knocked down with a trowel, and then stained or scored, if desired. The surface can often be walked on after 24 hours but furniture can only be put back after a few more days to a week, depending on how quick the drying and curing process is.

After the Resurfacing Process

Additional customization can be done, such as scoring, the addition of expansion joints, or some decorative engraving. Most contractors recommend sealing a resurfaced pool deck to keep dirt and moisture from penetrating the slab. This does not affect slip-resistance but if you are worried that it might make the surface more slippery, a fine abrasive can be added to increase grip.

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