Pool deck :
Here’s the debate on what type of pool deck you should choose. The debate is between concrete which includes some of the following : Kool Deck, Sun Dek, stamped concrete, stained concrete, etc; and pavers which can be man made like Pavestone, Belgard, or even travertine.
Let’s first discuss a concrete pool deck: pros are it is less expensive, the cons are that it will eventually get hair-line cracks and may do worse through the years and crack and shift.
Now lets discuss a paver pool deck: pros are it can be easily fixed if any settle through the years, and cons are cost
Now as far as the heat factor of each product you would need to talk to your pool builder because all different pool deck products concrete and pavers will have different heat factors.
Now this is the main reason we at Crystal Pools and Spas Inc. install mostly a paver pool deck, it is because of not only look but mainly is fixability. If you go with a concrete pool deck and it cracks, which it will even with hair-line, there is NO true way to patch it. If you try to paint over it, the color won’t match with the existing pool deck. Now if pavers move in a given area you could easily have it fixed down the road. Also, if you would want to add on to your pool deck down the road, most of the times you could add on to pavers and it will look as it was built together, as long as your series of decking is still made. As far as adding on to concrete you would see the split and the older pool deck would have age you couldn’t duplicate with the new concrete. You could elect to paint the whole deck to tie in but you would still have the seam from the old pool deck to the new pool deck.
So speaking of cost, your upfront cost on pavers would be more than concrete but the RENOVATION cost would be A LOT CHEAPER!!! With pavers you would just have to fix the area that would need work if needed. You already own the material so it just would involve the labor. Now if your concrete deck was really bad, down the road you would really have to not only jack hammer the whole deck (if it was done to match and correctly) you would be starting from scratch and you would have to start over.
Pool deck conclusion
In conclusion, say your upfront cost on your decking of paver decking vs. concrete decking was 30% more expensive, to fix a badly settled deck down the road would be night and day. If you had pavers vs concrete, the pavers would be in the ballpark of around a 300% savings. So we recommend paying a little more upfront so that you can keep the integrity of your pool’s decking look as the day it was installed. We hope this helps you!
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