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Old 10-17-07, 09:58 AM
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best cool pool and patio surface material?

Seems like stamped concrete is popular these days to put in around the pool/patio area. But concrete can get real hot to the touch. So can flagstone.

What are your ideas about the best surface material that ideally won't burn your feet, and can be installed by the do-it-yourselfer? Maybe there are certain kinds of tile that would work? Terra cotta?

I was at a lovely pool in Italy this summer - around the entire area was a hardwood, looked like redwood but brown. Was not hot at all on the feet, but I bet it was EXPENSIVE
 
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Old 10-17-07, 03:37 PM
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It all depends on the DIY'r, there are alot of options, the most economical and easiest would be a paint on coating, just roll it on. There is also a item called kool-deck it applied like concrete, troweled on.

The wood deck you refer to might have been Teak, Iv'e seen it around a pool, it is beautiful but VERY expensive.
 
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Old 12-12-07, 08:01 AM
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The material I use is called spray-deck. It is very similar to kool-deck. The really cool thing (pun intended) about these products is that you can get a really great look and it CAN be done by the average homeowner.These products will drop the temperature about 10 degrees which doesn't sound like much but is very noticable. You can buy stencils to put down before you spray or trowel it on that will make the deck look like brick,cobblestones, flagstone,etc. Or lay out your own pattern with reinforced tape. Once the product is applied it can be stained with concrete stain to almost any the color you like.Here's how you do it:
Protect any areas you don't want sprayed with plastic sheeting.
Clean the deck with a pressure washer. Use chlorine bleach and water in a 50/50 mix if you have mildew.(put this on before pressure washing and let it sit.) Rinse the deck well. I use TSP tri-sodium phosphate to remove suntan oils and such after bleaching. Rinse the deck again after TSP. If you want a look like motar in the joints (taped areas) then stain the deck gray or just tape over the bare concrete. Get a cheap hopper gun. You want one that will hold a gallon or two of mix. You can rent a compressor to power it. Mix up the material per the instructions and start spraying it on .You want about 80-90% coverage. After the material starts to set (10mins. or so) use a trowel on it to knock it down and flaten out the drops of spray.(trade secret) wear a pair of old golf shoes the kind with real metal spikes while trowelling and walk backwards trowelling the little spike marks out as you go. You will have to continue this process till you finish. Spray some down for 5-10 mins. stop and trowel what you've done then spray some more. You will want to have someone mixing it up for you and bringing it to the gun by the bucket full. This stuff is an off white color so it's easy to see where you've still got to spray. Once you finish let it set 24 hrs and stain. Spray-deck is ready for foot traffic in about 24hrs but like ALL cement products will not fully cure for 28 days. Hope this helps -post before and after pictures so we can all see what a great job you did!
 
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