Taking care of your pool deck is like taking care of the rest of the areas of the house. It may seem unnecessary but cracks, sharp edges, or discoloration are not feet and eye-friendly.
The concrete around your pool is susceptible to issues that can affect the swimming experience as well as the quality of water in the pool.
Having a concrete pool means it will last for a long time. It is durable, but also prone to cracking. With all the issues regarding the concrete around your pool means you need to take extra care for your pool to last longer. The extra care can also eliminate pool deck repair scenarios.
But, what are the common factors that can cause issues on your pool deck?
- seismic activity
- improperly mixed concrete
- poor expansion joints
- structural setting
- change of temperature
Ground movement and settling of the soil, are two main reasons why your pool deck will crack at some point. Also, pool concrete can crack due to extreme hot or cold weather.
The sudden change of temperature can cause the concrete to over-expand causing it to break or crack.
If you see any signs of cracks on your concrete pool deck, you need to hire a professional pool deck repair service provider to assess the damage and get to the bottom of the problem. No matter how small the crack is, this needs to be addressed timely to avoid bigger problems in the future.
What are the common pool deck issues?
- Chipping, peeling, and spalling
- Sealer failure
What are the different pool deck repair options?
Concrete patch mix and filler – concrete filler is used for small cracks to reinforce weak areas of the pool deck surface. On the other hand, a concrete patch mix is applied to cracks of around ¼ inch wide or so.
Cement – cement grout mix can be used to fill in crack gaps and improve the outer appearance of your pool deck.
Polymer filler- is resin-based like epoxy that can be used for smaller cracks
Vinyl – vinyl concrete fillers work wonders on both hairline cracks and wider cracks. Vinyl fillers are available in a dry mix or pre-mixed.
Mortar – a durable solution but not applicable to shallow cracks.
Pressure washer and cleaners – the essentials needed to clean pool deck stains and discolorations.
Coloring agents – another solution to pool deck stains and discolorations.
Sealant – used to prevent moisture from getting into cracks or joints.
Doing any of these pool repair options is not a guarantee to fix the issues concerning the concrete around your pool. Filling and patching are just preventive measures to prevent further damage. If you know the basics of fixing your pool deck, you can do DIY.
However, it is still best to contact a pool deck repair services provider to check how severe the damage is. Hiring a professional also will determine which method works best on your pool deck issue.
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