Concrete Pool Deck Resurfacing Options - Concrete Network (2023)

Discover the best pool deck coating for your project, see color options and find out how much pool deck resurfacing costsUpdated June 2, 2021

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Tired of your boring pool deck? Concrete pool deck resurfacing can spice up your old pool deck without the hassle of tearing out the old concrete and pouring new.

Pool deck resurfacing is a process that either repairs damaged concrete surfaces or updates their look. When applying an overlay product, the contractor is adding strength to your pool deck, patio or other surface. The overlay is typically a thin layer of cement, sand, polymer resins and other additives.

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WHAT IS THE BEST POOL DECK COATING?

Below is an overview of the most popular resurfacing options for pool decks. Contact a contractor near you for help deciding which option is best for your pool.

  • Concrete pool deck paint: Pool deck paint is the most inexpensive resurfacing option and easy to apply; however, it does not last long, needing to be reapplied in just one year. As a result, your maintenance cost will make this option more expensive in the long-term.
  • Spray texture overlay: One of the most popular choices, this option features a subtle texture that is comfortable and safe, perfect for use in barefoot areas. Custom colors, scorelines, aggregate effects and more can be used to personalize the look. You may have heard this option referred to as a cool deck or knockdown finish.
  • Stamped concrete overlay: A stamped overlay is a way to fix your damaged concrete surface, as well as add a decorative component that looks like natural stone, brick or even wood. It may be a more expensive option to install, but it is still more cost-effective in the long term, when compared to a new pour.
  • Rubber coating systems: Often seen at children's playgrounds, liquid rubber coatings can be applied on top of your existing pool deck surface. They are soft, safe and come in a variety of colors. However, they do not offer as many design options as other concrete coatings listed here.
  • Epoxy pebble finish: This type of resurfacer consists of decorative pebbles mixed into and epoxy. They can be installed quickly with interesting color combinations and a seamless look. One downside is that the pebbles could pop out when subjected to wear and tear.

Many of today's overlay products blend resins with cement, sand and other additives to improve performance, slip resistance, appearance and the ability to bond to the existing concrete. Some coatings used for concrete pool deck resurfacing resist damage from salt, pool chemicals, UV exposure, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasion.

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WHAT COLOR OPTIONS ARE THERE?

One of the best things about resurfacing is that it allows you to bring life to a colorless pool deck. Popular colors for pool decks include shades of brown, tan or gray that blend well with the natural surroundings. However, the color choices are limitless—we’ve seen white, blue, black and bold color combinations used on pool deck coatings.

There are many coloring options for your pool deck refinishing project. Here are the most common choices:

  • Integral coloring is mixed into the material. It provides consistent coloring throughout that makes a great base for your new pool deck.
  • Color hardeners are a dry shake powder applied to the surface of the concrete, usually before stamping. They provide a bit more intense color palette, and improve the surface strength.
  • Surface-applied color are dyes, stains, and tinted release agents that can be used in conjunction with the first two options. Topical colors create variations that help make textures look more like the natural materials they resemble.

Tip: Some contractors can blend custom colors or even do hand-applied special effects that will replicate bluestone or other materials.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RESURFACE A POOL DECK?

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Resurfacing your pool deck will be more affordable than having it torn out and replaced. Basic pool deck resurfacing costs $3-$5 per square foot, as opposed to $6-$10 per sq ft to pour a new surface without any decorative options. Of course, the price will rise as you add customization.

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While you might be tempted to complete your resurfacing project as a DIY, it is recommended that you hire a professional contractor. The contractor will bring in their years of knowledge and experience to make sure the project is done to your expectations, on time, and without error.

HOW DO YOU RESURFACE A POOL DECK?

Concrete overlays can be sprayed on or trowel applied to most sound concrete surfaces. Some systems can also be stamped or stenciled, allowing you to achieve the same patterns possible with new concrete.

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Here are the steps you can expect when your contractor is resurfacing your pool deck:

  1. Prepare - the surface might be ground or treated with chemicals
  2. Clean - any dust or debris will be removed with a broom and hose or pressure washer
  3. Mix - the overlay product will be mixed, along with any integral colors
  4. Apply - the material is sprayed or troweled on, and decorative treatments are added
  5. Seal - once cured, a sealer will be applied to make your pool deck last for years

Tip: Some coatings are formulated to dry quickly, making it possible to give a pool deck a decorative makeover in as little as a day.

POOL DECK RESURFACING BEFORE AND AFTERS

The transformations that take place are impressive, see for yourself with these pool deck before and afters:

Before

After

A hotel’s indoor pool deck had chemical and hard water stains, plus the surface was rough and unfriendly to bare feet. An acrylic overlay was used to provide a fresh color scheme, and a smooth, slip-resistant finish.

See the full project profile: Hotel Pool Deck Resurfacing

Before

After

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This residential pool deck was badly cracked and settling in spots. It was transformed using a special cast-in-place concrete overlay featuring a fieldstone pattern and decorative medallion.

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Before

After

A micro-topping polymer was used to give the deck around this swimming pool the appearance of colored concrete.

See the full project profile: Pool Deck Goes from Boring to Beautiful with Microtopping Polymer

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ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO MAKE MY POOL DECK LOOK BETTER?

Pool deck resurfacing is great for covering up cracks or other imperfections. But there are many ways to get a fresh look, without having to apply a coating.

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Here are more options for beautifying your pool deck:

  • Change the color of your pool deck using concrete stains or a tinted sealer
  • Thouroughly clean the concrete around your swimming pool to remove dirt, grime and more
  • Have the top layer of the concrete sandblasted away to expose the aggregate
  • Remove the old sealer and reapply a new one to bring the surface back to life

FAQs

What is the best product to resurface a concrete pool? ›

Fibreglass- At the risk of sounding immodest, fibreglass is one of the best products to resurface a pool. Why? Because it has been a popular type of pool finish for over 40 years due to its strength, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.

What is the best coating for a concrete pool deck? ›

Epoxy is one of the best options for pool deck resurfacing. They form a hard, water-resistant, and chemical-resistant finish that lasts for years. You can use it on various pool surfaces such as concrete and fiberglass. Being a solvent-based pool paint, it creates a unified and finished surface.

What is the best pool deck resurfacing material? ›

Polymer overlays are an excellent option for resurfacing your pool decking and significantly outperform concrete as a surfacing material.

What is the coolest pool deck surface? ›

One of the coolest options for pool deck surfaces are textured acrylic coatings. A coating that's made of concrete and acrylic will absorb less heat than other materials. Texture also makes the surface feel cooler to the touch because when a person walks on it, their bare feet are exposed to less surface area.

How much does it cost to resurface concrete around a pool? ›

So, if your pool deck is averagely sized at around 700-800 square feet and you're seeking a basic concrete overlay, you might be looking at around $3,000-$4,000. If you're seeking a more decorative job involving cutting and staining, then you might be looking more at $5,000-$6,000.

Is concrete coating better than epoxy? ›

Epoxy is a better choice for garages that see more activity and different types of traffic, as tools, weights, car parts and more can all do significant damage to the finish on a painted concrete floor. Epoxy coating, on the other hand, is one of the most durable finishes there is for concrete.

Is it better to paint or stain a concrete pool deck? ›

Concrete stain has some of the drawbacks of paint but overall is a better choice. The stain does not always cover the discoloration and staining, which is why most people want to paint or stain their deck in the first place.

How often should you seal concrete pool deck? ›

When is it time to reseal a concrete pool deck? Even a properly applied sealer will wear out over time due to use and exposure to the elements. Generally, a pool deck should be sealed every 2 to 5 years.

What is the cheapest way to resurface a pool deck? ›

Concrete pool deck paint: Pool deck paint is the most inexpensive resurfacing option and easy to apply; however, it does not last long, needing to be reapplied in just one year.

How do you refresh an old concrete pool deck? ›

How to resurface a pool deck (installation)
  1. Prepare & Repair. Etch, grind, or shot blast the concrete surface to make it porous. ...
  2. Clean & Prime. Pressure wash and let surface thoroughly dry. ...
  3. Mix Product. Following instructions, mix the product to prepare it for application. ...
  4. Apply overlay. ...
  5. Cure & Seal.

How long does deck resurfacer last? ›

Deck paint restoration coatings are thick enough to fill all cracks, knotholes, and splinters, and they provide a completely new textured surface that can last as long as 13 years without additional applications.

What color pool is the warmest? ›

Dark pools – also known as black bottom pools – easily stand out from others thanks to their bold, dramatic color. One of the main advantages of a dark bottom pool compared to light colored pools is that the darker color will help absorb more of the the sun's heat to increase the water temperature accordingly.

What is the most popular pool deck color? ›

White and light beige tones are quite popular for concrete pool decks because they evoke the look of a sandy beach and they reflect harsh sunlight so the deck stays cooler. Often these pool decks start with a white concrete mix to achieve the purity of color.

What is the best color around a pool? ›

Fresh Blue

Blue is the most common and most inviting pool color to have. From light to dark, any shade of blue looks beautiful with tile or stone accents. Choose blue if you're a fan of cool, classic pools.

Is it OK to pour concrete over old concrete? ›

Since cement lacks any natural bonding agents, newly-poured concrete won't naturally bond to the existing slab. You'll need to either use a bonding agent to adhere the two layers together or use an unbonded overlay method.

Can you put a thin layer of concrete over concrete? ›

How thin can you pour concrete over concrete? Your new layer needs to be at least 2 inches thick. If it's any thinner than that, it'll easily crack under pressure and won't adequately bond to your surface.

Does new cement stick to old cement? ›

The cement within a concrete mix doesn't contain any natural bonding agents – so when fresh concrete is added on top of an existing layer of concrete, the two won't join together. Once cured, the new concrete will simply sit on top as a separate layer.

Is it better to resurface or replace concrete? ›

A general rule of thumb is that if a repair requires more than two inches of material then it probably is better to use the replacement method. But being able to repair rather than replace concrete can be a more sustainable route that reduces the carbon footprint.

Is concrete resurfacing a good idea? ›

Enhances your driveway's appearance: one of the best values of concrete driveway resurfacing is it improves your driveway's appearance. The new layer gives your driveway a fresh look after years of fading and cracking. Extends its lifespan: if you care for your driveway correctly, it should last for up to thirty years.

Is it worth it to resurface concrete? ›

As long as the driveway or parking lot is moderately damaged, there is no sense in breaking up the old concrete and re-pouring. Resurfacing provides a beautiful new finish without all of the time, effort and money required for a total replacement.

What are the disadvantages of epoxy? ›

Because epoxy is non-porous, it can become extremely slippery when wet. This is especially dangerous if epoxy is applied in a location where small children or the elderly are going to be traversing on the flooring regularly.

When should you not use epoxy? ›

Do not use Epoxies when temperatures of the air or the substrate will drop below 50 degrees F. Without first consulting with Epoxy.com Tech service for cold installation.

What is the most durable concrete finish? ›

Epoxy is the most durable concrete finish and can be poured into cracks and crevices to help level the surface. But epoxy also is available in a variety of colors, allowing you to create unique hues and designs on your floor so you can even make a concrete floor look pretty.

Which lasts longer concrete stain or paint? ›

Staining a Concrete Patio

One of the greatest pros of choosing staining over painting is that the stain penetrates into the concrete rather than just building up on the surface, as with paint. This results in a longer-lasting color that won't fade as quickly as paint.

How long does pool deck coating last? ›

How long does pool deck paint last? Traditional pool deck paints can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. COOL!

Can you put too much sealer on a deck? ›

It will create a maintenance nightmare of repeated sanding and repainting, with each result being less acceptable. The handyman should have avoided overapplying the product, allowed only enough for wood penetration, and immediately wiped off all excess material.

Is it too late to seal concrete? ›

It's Never Too Late

Sealing your garage floor might not be possible if you have moisture in your garage. This is typically the only scenario where we don't recommend sealing right away, mainly because you should deal with the cause of the moisture first. It could be due to a plumbing leak or a drainage issue.

What happens if you don't seal your deck? ›

The effects that can occur due to a lack of treatment are aesthetic in nature. After 6 months, the wood will start to lose its color and will begin to fade. Ultimately it will fade to grey or silver.

Can Kool deck be applied to existing concrete? ›

Kool Deck can be applied to BOTH new and existing concrete!

To apply any overlay on existing concrete, there is some surface preparation (and when isn't there surface preparation). It's relatively easy to get a great bond with Kool Deck to the concrete when done properly.

How much labor does it cost to refinish a deck? ›

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of labor from a professional deck refinishing company is between $550 and $950. This cost can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size and condition of your deck and the company you hire. Some homeowners opt to refinish their deck themselves to save money.

How do you fix crumbling concrete around a pool? ›

HOW TO FIX CRACKS IN YOUR CONCRETE POOL DECK
  1. Chisel out the crack to remove loose pieces of concrete.
  2. Clean the debris, including all dust and chips with a broom, shop vac or air compressor.
  3. Apply filler directly into cracks, checking periodically to see if it has settled.
  4. Allow the filler to cure over a 24-hour period.

How do you add texture to a concrete pool deck? ›

The knockdown texture of a pool deck is achieved using an acrylic concrete coating. It is similar to the knockdown spray finish on walls and ceilings are also known as stucco. For concrete floorings, it is sprayed onto the cement. It creates unique, irregular spattered-shapes.

Will concrete resurfacer crack? ›

Preparation is very important when resurfacing concrete. If you use on top of a damaged slab then the resurfacer won't last long before it starts to crack.

How thick can you pour concrete resurfacer? ›

1 Unlike other cement products, it is designed to be applied in very thin coats (no more than 1/2 inch thick), and its additives provide good adhesion to an existing slab. Concrete resurfacer is a very strong product, rated for compressive strength of about 4,500 psi.

What Colour makes a pool look bigger? ›

3. Consider the size of the pool and area – In our experience light coloured pools tend to look bigger in smaller areas as they blend in and create an illusion of space. Darker coloured pools tend to have a defined line around them. This is great if you want to create clean lines or a reflection pool look.

What is the most popular pool shape? ›

Rectangle. While rectangles are not the most creative pool shape, they are one of the most common and classic pool shapes. Most apartment buildings or skyscrapers, due to lack of space, tend to adopt this form for their pools.

How do I look prettier in my pool? ›

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  5. of 7. Swipe on long-lasting lip stains. ...
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Should a deck be lighter or darker? ›

Mud, dirt, and stains are easier to see on lighter colored decks. So, if you have pets, young children, or both, a darker colored deck may be a better option. If you're having trouble deciding between a dark or a light color for your deck, there are still options.

Why are pools always painted blue? ›

Most swimming pool owners choose blue tiles for their pools to match the color that reflects the sky's blue color. Blue is also a highly desirable water color. In fact, many vacationers search for countries surrounded by blue ocean water and white sand beaches.

How do I pick a color for my pool deck? ›

As much as possible, you would want the pool deck paint colors to be light so that it won't absorb heat when exposed to sunlight, making the deck too hot for barefoot walking. If you can't find a good complementing color or if lighter shades of the same color do not appeal to you, then neutral is the best choice.

Can I resurface the concrete around my pool? ›

Concrete pool deck resurfacing can spice up your old pool deck without the hassle of tearing out the old concrete and pouring new. Pool deck resurfacing is a process that either repairs damaged concrete surfaces or updates their look.

What material is used to resurface pools? ›

There are three popular materials used in resurfacing swimming pools and spas: plaster, concrete, and pebble. Taking the time to learn more about each material can help you decide what to use for your pool's resurfacing. Plaster is the most common pool resurfacing material because it is the cheapest.

Can you resurface a concrete pool yourself? ›

You'll know it's time to resurface your pool when you see the plaster peeling away to the point that the cement underneath is showing. Resurfacing is an ambitious project, but it's not one that you can't tackle yourself if you have the time and know-how.

How soon after pool resurfacing Can you swim? ›

The plaster material cures under water in about 7-10 days. But this doesn't mean you have to wait that long. Once the pool is filled and clean, you can go in for a swim.

What is the difference between Replastering and resurfacing a pool? ›

Pool resurfacing is the process of repairing and restoring the surface of a swimming pool. It is a less invasive process that can be completed relatively quickly. Pool replastering is a more expensive and time-consuming process that results in a completely new surface.

What is Diamond Brite pool resurfacing? ›

Diamond Brite is an exposed aggregate pool finish made from a blend of natural quartz and polymer. Some may say it looks like sandblasted concrete, but Diamond Brite has several characteristics that prevent rusting and staining of the metal portion of the pool.

How long does concrete resurfacing last? ›

In most applications, resurfaced concrete should last 10-15 years. However, it is always best to consult with a professional before making any decisions about resurfacing. Read more: Will Epoxy Floors Crack?

How long does it take to resurface a concrete pool? ›

How long does it take to resurface a pool? Pool resurfacing usually takes about 5-7 days to complete. The pool resurfacing process can be hindered by weather, however, and may take up to 14 days in certain cases.

Can you resurface existing concrete? ›

Concrete resurfacing is a way to refinish old concrete to look new again. A concrete coating is applied over the existing surface, offering a variety of color, texture and pattern options. This type of decorative concrete restoration can be done on driveways, patios, pool decks and even indoor floors.

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