The Imagine Architectural Concrete team share their pool deck maintenance tips

The key to enjoying your beautiful pool deck for many years to come is simple ongoing maintenance. Here are some top tips on what you can do to increase the life-span of your pool deck.

Stamped concrete
One of the most common outdoor pool deck surfaces is stamped concrete, highly durable and available in a wide range of colors and textures. Once installed proper maintenance can ensure you enjoy the beautiful finish for years to come. Regularly cleaning the surface with a mild detergent will effectively clear dust, debris and stains. If you choose to use a pressure washer to do the hard work for you make sure you use a lower setting so as not to damage the concrete. After using the detergent make sure that you thoroughly rinse the surface with a hose to ensure no soap residues stain the surface. Another top tip is to mop water from swimming pool use. If water is left on the deck for a length of time stains can develop.

Kool deck
Kool deck is a great surface for swimming pool decks, and once applied creates a colored and textured concrete surface that stands the test of time. One of the attractions of Kool Deck is just how easy it is to maintain, it is extremely durable, stain resistant and water-resistant. One thing to keep an eye out for cracks that might appear due to normal wear and tear. If you do notice cracks it is important to not ignore them. Concrete patch can easily seal cracks and prevent more extensive damage in the future caused by water seeping into the cracks.

Travertine pavers and natural stone finishes
Travertine pavers deliver a beautiful and practical finish for any pool deck. Naturally water resistant and durable they are easy to maintain. To minimize scratches and general wear and tear that can occur over time with natural stone it is important to regularly sweep the surface. When cleaning use warm water and a mop to gently clean the stone. Make sure you don’t use a cloth that is abrasive so as to avoid scratching the stone. Gentle cleaning agents are also available, designed specifically for use on natural stone. Make sure you avoid any harsh cleaning agents, scouring powders or creams as these do not do well on natural stone.

Sealing your pool deck
Another great way to increase the longevity of your pool deck is to apply a concrete sealant which can protect the surface from water and moisture. It is a good way to prevent wear and tear and also protect against mold. Sealing the concrete also helps preserve the color and finish and helps to avoid cracking and stains. To find out more about how our team at Imagine Architectural Concrete uses sealants to protect the pool decks we install call us at 480-557-5533.

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