How to Resurface Concrete Pool Decking

What You'll Need
Concrete and aggregates
Concrete forms (preferably cantilever type)
Concrete mixing and smoothing tools
Concrete surface brush
Usual concrete working tools

Resurfacing your concrete pool decking can extend the life of your pool deck. To complete the task, choosing concrete as the main ingredient for your pool deck is desirable because of this material's toughness and appropriateness for the job. The following are steps on how to use this material in resurfacing your pool decking.

Step 1 – Pre-installation Planning

This is the most important step. Create layout plans to determine the right thickness and slope that will allow for proper drainage and that will let design blend well with the existing architecture and structure surrounding the pool. It is customary for planners to keep the thickness around 4 to 6 inches to keep the covering long lasting. Other considerations for choosing additional materials include keeping the deck non-skid and yet comfortable, and that it can blend well to other materials existing in the pool's immediate perimeter.

Step 2 – Choosing and Preparing the Concrete forms

Concrete forms should be according to the plan, keeping up with the slope is major consideration for the drainage to function properly. There is usually a central drainage point, called a drain ride, where all the drainages from the pool meet and properly analyzed. Your new drains should function nicely along with your house's existing drainage system. The usual drainage material for this is PVC piping. The forms should allow for the deck to hide the drainage pipes and yet thin enough to be flexible and remain smooth.

Step 3 – Installing the Forms

Cantilever forms are usually recommended for their flexibility and its bindings can be removed easily. Before pouring the concrete, install the forms around the inside edge of the pool using adhesives, ties and appropriate binding materials. Just make sure that the forms can hold the concrete as it is poured. Prepare also the gaps between concrete segments to allow for heat contraction and expansion.

Step 4 – Pouring Concrete

Introduce the mixed concrete into the installed forms and just as it begins to set and bond to the previous layers, try to see if some of the bindings can be removed for easier cleanup afterwards, especially if you used cantilever forms as recommended earlier.

Step 5 – Deck Finishing

After fully setting the concrete, the next steps are pretty much the same as other concrete installations. The key here is to create the control gaps to manage concrete shrinkage as it dries. Use a broom to make the finish a semi coarse or sandpaper feel while it is still a bit soft so that the upper covering can bond to the concrete.

Step 6 – Final Decking

An additional layer like weather resistant decking is a good option, because they require seldom maintenance work. Different colors are also available to choose from if you want to avoid the usual grey decking color. This can be accomplished with synthetic pigments that can be applied directly into the fresh unsettled concrete.

Step 7 – Removing Slippage

A mixture of white cement and sand in the right proportions can be applied to the concrete surface with a concrete application brush. You can get creative here in choosing which deck portions get to be smoother or rougher for non-slippage texture. Again, these should be included first in your plans in Step 1.

Extra Tip

You may have noticed how critical careful planning (in Step1) for your next concrete pool deck project will allow you to have attractive and functional results, withstanding wear and tear due to use and weather conditions through the years. Good luck on this and your next pool projects.