Concrete Pool Decking
Should You Be Using Using Concrete Pool Decking?
Choosing the material for your swimming pool decking takes time and consideration based on which part
of the country in which you live, how much use the deck is likely to endure, and the amount of time the homeowner is willing to devote to
Once the decision has been made for a concrete pool decking, a lot of questions will still
need to be answered. The decision must be made for a poured-in-place concrete pool deck, a deck finished by a broom, or leaving the aggregate
exposed. Regardless of the type selected, the concrete will need to be cured properly to retain its strength and durability.
Concrete Curing Methods
Curing a concrete pool deck is important for two reasons. Keeping the concrete moist through the drying process helps it to gain strength and
it also delays drying shrinkage, which reduces the chance of cracking when it dries.
There are a couple of ways to cure concrete pool decking, and either one will work if done properly. Water curing is when the
concrete is flooded, or sprayed with a mist of water. This method helps prevent the water mixed into the concrete from evaporating and is very
Water retention methods involve covering the newly-poured concrete with materials such as burlap or straw, but the drawback
in this method is that the covering must be kept damp throughout the drying period.
Other Concrete Curing Methods
Other methods involve the use of paper films or plastic film coverings, but plastic films may cause the concrete to become discolored and
shouldn’t be used in areas where appearance is important. Chemical membrane coverings need to be applied when the concrete is fresh and, if
flooring over the concrete is planned, can effect its adherence abilities.
Other options in choosing concrete pool decking include pre-cast slabs or stamped concrete. A wide selection
of patterns and color are available for stamped concrete and can be chosen to blend in with the surrounding area. Patterns can be found that look
like bricks, stones, and tile. Stamped concrete that resembles wood is also available.
Coping Helps Finish the Pool Walls
Another consideration with concrete pool decking is the coping, which is the material used on the top of the pool walls. On a poured concrete
deck, the coping can be part of the deck, becoming one unit. There are also pre-cast coping units available to finish off the concrete pool
decking with the pool. These can come in a variety of designs and shapes to help fit into the design of the pool, as well as the landscaping