A cool decking is an outdoor pool deck that stays cool to the touch even after baking under the sun for hours. It makes it a lot easier to walk on or lie on when sunbathing. In Orange County, family and friends will surely love gathering over barbecue and some cool drinks on a pool deck that is heat-reflective, slip-resistant, and durable. Although a cool deck overlay is beneficial as it is, aesthetics is one feature you should not forget. Having an appealing deck also helps the outdoor pool experience to be a lot more enjoyable. Here are some tips on how you can enhance the look of cool deck coatings:

1. Add Color

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 If the resurfaced or refinished pool deck looks plain and boring, why not add a splash of color? It is important to ask the cool deck resurfacing contractor first about painting or staining it. The surface would need to have cured well enough to accept a change in color. While painting is an easier way to do it, it is highly recommended to use concrete stains. This penetrates deep into the deck so it does not peel, flake, or fade away.

2. Add Patterns

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There are many different patterns available today that can be used on pool decks. For a cool decking, the pattern can be applied through stamping, engraving, or the use of stencils. You can choose a design based on the exterior of the home, the theme the pool area is going for, or to make the pool deck look like real, natural stone.

3. Seal the Surface

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Cool deck resealing is highly recommended not only to add a layer of protection to the surface but also to enhance its aesthetics. Sealers come in a variety of gloss levels, from flat to high gloss. If you are worried about compromising sheen for slip-resistance, you can incorporate a fine aggregate with a high gloss sealer to enhance its shine while improving traction.

4. Use with Other Systems

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There are other decorative concrete options out there for pool decks. The great thing about cool decking is that you can use it with other systems. For example, you can have a spray knockdown finish in certain areas and then some stamped concrete overlay patterns on the other areas. Mixing and matching them creates a unique, but highly aesthetic pool deck that pool owners will truly adore.

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Swimming pools are popular areas of fun and recreation in Orange County. However, everyone should be wary of the possible dangers lurking in every pool area. Here are some of the most common and some tips on how to prevent them.

Slips and Falls

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It is common for pool users to walk barefoot on the pool deck. However, knowing that water often splashes on it, it can get pretty slippery. People who have been in the water get worse injuries. Why? Soaked skin acquires wounds and scratches easier. The best possible solution to this is a cool deck resurfacing. There are several cool deck coatings available that promote cooler surfaces to walk on despite long exposure to sunlight. These are either sprayed or stamped, creating a textured surface that is slip-resistant.

Drowning

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There are many causes for drowning aside from the lack of swimming knowledge. Sometimes, even strong swimmers have close encounters. One cause is pool toys. Make sure that the toys you allow kids to play with in the pool should be made specifically for the pool. It is also important to check inflatable items and make sure that there are no holes whatsoever.

 

Sunburn

This is a common danger anywhere where people spend hours under the sun. In a pool area, there is more skin to burn. A no-brainer solution is to apply sunscreen before heading to the swimming pool. You may also add some sort of shade in some areas of the pool deck where people can relax away from the direct heat of the sun. Another part that gets burned is foot soles. Most pool deck materials absorb heat so much that walking on them hurts. It is highly recommended to apply a cool deck overlay to make it more heat-reflective. A cool decking stays 30% cooler underfoot than other deck materials.

Electric Shock

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If your pool has a heater, in-pool lighting, electric water features, or anything that makes use of electricity, the risk of electric shock is there. It is important to hire a licensed electrician to run all the cables to all these facilities, making sure that they won’t cause any danger.

 

Chemical Exposure

chemicalWater is often treated with Chlorine to kill bacteria. However, it is important to consult a pool professional to know the right amount of chlorine to put in the pool. Too much can be detrimental to swimmers as it gets into their skin and bits of it gets swallowed, too. It is also important to store the chemicals in a spot where kids can’t reach it.

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A home is supposed to be a safe and comfortable haven for children. However, for those who are yet to have kids, the features of the home need to be tweaked to make it more child-friendly. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep kids safe within your property.

1. Slip-resistant Pool Deck

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The pool deck is a favorite area for most kids. However, it is also the most dangerous especially when they run around after taking a dip in the pool. The wet concrete pool deck can be quite slippery. Of all pool deck texture coatings available nowadays, the spray knockdown texture comes highly recommended. The trowel finish creates a non-skid surface with improved traction and grip. Another benefit of spray texture is that it stays cooler to the touch than other pool deck materials despite long hours of exposure to sunlight.

2. Cushioned Furniture

throw pillowsWhen you have kids in the house, expect them to be throwing themselves around carelessly. This is one reason why furniture should be cushioned. You may also want to add some throw pillows to help prevent bumps and bruises.

 

3. Rounded Furniture

round tablesIt is quite odd that kids always bump into sharp and pointy stuff. Rounded furniture helps prevent injuries. Opt for a round table or chairs with rounded seats. If you can’t afford a new set of furniture, there are rubber thing-a-ma-jigs you can add to pointy and sharp corners to make it safer for kids.

 

4. Non-glass Items

high shelvesIf you have valuable items that are very fragile, like glass, keep it in areas that kids can’t reach. You can put them on the topmost shelf or inside cabinets. Having kids around, homeowners need to keep valuable and breakable items first and wait until the kids are big enough to be careful around the house.

5. Covered or In-ground Trampolines

trampolineTrampolines are fun for both kids and adults. However, there are times when children would jump and bounce back outwards onto the grass, acquiring serious injuries. An ideal solution is to cover the trampoline with net walls. This way, the kids stay safe on the trampoline regardless of which direction they bounce back to. If you don’t like the net, consider an in-ground trampoline instead. This is set up at the same level as the ground itself. Under the trampoline, however, the ground is dug up and filled with sod or sand.

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When it comes to pool decks, the most common material used is concrete. Although it is durable, it is not really an ideal option. Fortunately, a knockdown texture has become available for use on concrete pool decks. It is an acrylic concrete coating that is sprayed instead of applied on the surface. Why is it the most ideal of all pool deck texture coatings available today?

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Slip-resistant

This coating is sprayed using a hopper gun and the sprayed material is troweled a bit to knock down sharp tips. This method creates a trowel finish that is similar to stucco. The difference with stucco is that the knocked down coating has a less intense texture. This makes it easier to walk on even with bare feet. The great thing about this texture is that it enhances traction, making the pool deck less slippery.

Heat-reflective

The acrylic concrete spray texture has this heat-reflective feature that keeps the surface cooler than other types of pool deck materials. Regardless of how long it has been baking under the sun, the coating is 30% cooler. This makes it even more comfortable for bare feet to walk on.

Aesthetically Pleasing

The texture of a knockdown finish is interesting and unique. It gives the pool deck a certain kind of appeal that is subtle enough to blend in with the pool area but textured enough to turn heads. It can be further enhanced by engraving or saw cutting. Another way to customize its look is through concrete staining. Although acrylic concrete coating comes in a few different colors, concrete stains come in a wider range of colors. You may also use it with other resurfacing systems like stamped overlays.

Durable

The most common myth about resurfacing systems like a knockdown texture is that it is not durable enough. Although only a thin layer of this material is applied on the concrete pool deck, it is durable and sturdy enough to stay put and last a couple of years or more. Moreso with a layer of concrete sealer.

Economical

Compared to tearing out the old concrete pool deck and replacing it with a new one, spraying it with an acrylic concrete coating is a lot more affordable. Labor and materials cost less and the maintenance required is very minimal. Although affordable, the quality, durability, appeal, and function of the pool deck itself are never compromised.

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Slippery floors are very dangerous. Slips and falls can lead to fractures and serious medical conditions. Concrete pool decks are often exposed to splashes of water and puddles. This is why it needs extra special attention. Although it is crucial to remind family and friends to be careful especially with wet, bare feet, it is still strongly recommended to improve grip on the pool deck surface. Here is a list of methods you might want to try to make the pool deck slip-resistant.

Pool Deck Texture Coatings

slip-resistant-concrete-pool-deck-orange-county-caThese coatings aim to add texture to a concrete pool deck and improve traction. One popular choice is a spray knock down finish. This spray texture coating is sprayed onto a concrete surface and then knocked down with a trowel. The result is a non-skid trowel finish that is similar to stucco but less intense. If you are happy with your pool deck, you can apply a clear sealer mixed with fine sand or aggregate. This improves slip-resistance without affecting the existing look of the pool deck.

Decorative Concrete Overlay

stamped-concrete-pool-deckDecorative overlays are meant to resurface existing concrete surfaces to either update it or repair it. A stamped concrete overlay is one good solution to slippery decks. This concrete overlay is applied thinly on the surface and then stamped with your desired pattern. It can be designed to look like natural stone, brick, tile, and other paving materials. The grooves that the stamping creates improves the grip, thus, making it slip-resistant. The great thing about this overlay is that it is easier to clean and maintain in comparison with the material it is substituting.

Pool Deck Mats

You can buy deck mats at almost any department stores. These are mesh-like mats that you can put on areas on the deck where foot traffic is heaviest. You can also put these in the pool and in hot tubs. These can be moved around to where you need it. The downside to this is that it can be awkward aesthetically.

Abrasive Tape

This is a quick fix to slippery pool decks. You can tape strips on slippery areas very easily. It adheres to anything including concrete pool deck surfaces. Just make sure that the surface is free from dirt or anything that could affect adhesion. This, however, is temporary. Because of the material it is made of, it can be prone to curling and peeling. You may need to replace them regularly.

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An outdoor space in sunny California is best maximized with a swimming pool. You could be out doing some laps, playing pool games with your family, or just lounging around it with friends. No matter what it is you love doing around the pool, it is important that the pool deck is attractive and safe enough to optimize the experience. If you are not ready for an expensive concrete replacement, then decorative concrete resurfacing is for you.

Pool Deck Texture Coatings

There are many pool deck options out there but resurfacing the concrete surface is a quicker and a more economical choice. And that is without compromising appeal, safety, and durability. Here are the top pool deck coating options you should consider:

Spray Knock Down Finish 

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  • This spray texture system is highly recommended for concrete pool decks. Instead of roller brushing the knockdown texture on concrete, it is sprayed with a gravity-fed hopper gun. The knockdown finish is acquired when the sprayed coating is knocked down manually with a hand trowel. This trowel finish is slip-resistant, durable, and absolutely pleasing to the eye.

Stamped Concrete Overlay 

  • stamped concrete pool deckThis decorative concrete overlay is popular for use on most outdoor surfaces. Homeowners would be glad to know that there are various patterns to choose from so you can choose something that you would actually love looking at. What’s better than being able to choose a design? The patterns are imprinted on the overlay so it creates a non-skid surface that helps prevent slips and falls. You can opt to have it stained, too, to a color that would best enhance the look of the pool area.

Decorative Concrete Design Options

The great thing about resurfacing swimming pool decks is that you can customize the look to suit your lifestyle and design interests. For a knock-down finish, you can choose to have designs scored or engraved to make it more interesting. You can also choose to have this finish on the majority of the space and then add stamped overlays in chosen sections. For example, imprint a brick or flagstone pattern on the pool coping to enhance the look of the pool. You can also put a stamped overlay on the walkway, the lounging area where the beach chairs are, or to highlight a focal point like a fire pit or statue. The design possibilities are endless.

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