With temperatures hitting their max, our thoughts naturally turn to summer leisure, and for many of us, that means poolside relaxation. A pool is the quintessential symbol of summer luxury, but an aging or lackluster pool deck can detract from that picture-perfect vision. As industry professionals at United Companies, we’re often asked for recommendations that balance style, durability, and ease of maintenance. Our suggestion? Concrete pool decks. Let’s dive in to explore why this might be the ideal summer DIY project for you.
The first factor to consider is aesthetics. Concrete pool decks offer an incredible level of versatility when it comes to design. While traditional broom finished concrete is still an attractive choice, modern techniques have pushed the boundaries, allowing for a myriad of customization options. From stamped and exposed aggregate to colored and engraved designs, concrete can mimic more expensive materials such as brick, stone, or tile, delivering a premium look without the premium price tag. And for those of us with a creative spark, the ability to incorporate unique patterns or even company logos into the design makes it a truly personalized space.
Durability is another vital component. The swimming pool area is high traffic, exposed to the elements, and regularly splashed with chemically treated water. Thankfully, concrete is up to the task. When properly installed and sealed, a concrete pool deck can last for decades with minimal wear and tear. Its strength and resilience make it less susceptible to damage than softer alternatives such as wood, and unlike pavers, there are no joints for weeds to spoil your pristine poolside paradise.
As for maintenance, concrete again shines. Its smooth, non-porous surface makes cleaning a breeze. Simple sweeping and occasional washing will keep it looking fresh and inviting. Plus, considering the near-constant exposure to water, a concrete deck’s slip-resistant qualities offer added safety benefits. Sealers can further enhance this feature while also helping to prevent fading and staining.
Now, you may be thinking that this kind of project may be too complex for a DIY project. Not necessarily. While there are some steps that require technical skill – like ensuring the base is properly prepared and the concrete is correctly mixed and poured – many homeowners find this a rewarding challenge. Furthermore, there are numerous detailed guides and tutorials available to support your journey. And remember, tackling such a project doesn’t just enhance your home’s appeal; it can also be a great source of pride knowing you did it yourself.
At United Companies, we believe in the power of DIY. However, we also understand that not every project is suitable for everyone. Should you decide that a concrete pool deck is something best left to the professionals, our expert team is here to assist. But if you choose to take on this summer project, remember: plan carefully, take your time, and don’t be afraid to seek advice. Let’s make this summer the season to upgrade your outdoor space with a concrete pool deck.