Pool deck painting can really spruce up the concrete, but isn't always the best solution.
Eventually a concrete pool deck starts getting old and ugly, or the plain gray concrete just gets boring. The first thing many people consider is pool deck painting, especially those whose budget won't cover an overlay or replacement. Why paint? Because it sounds easy and inexpensive. This may be true if the possiblity of peeling and flaking isn't important.
For any pool deck coating to last, it must be able to withstand chemicals, such as chlorine, and the weather. Most paints won't stand up against mother nature for very long, especially in harsh climates with many freeze and thaw cycles. Some paints will fare pretty well but they're not cheap. It's costly to manufacture the strong paints so you'll have to spend a little money to get a good one.
Another factor to consider is slip-resistance. A painted surface can be dangerous when wet and that's the last thing you want around your pool. There are additives for concrete paint to give you some traction.
Instead of pool deck painting, consider using stains to enhance the concrete. Unlike paint that lays on the surface, stain penetrates the pores of concrete so theres no peeling or flaking and a gallon of stain goes alot further than paint. There are two types of stains to choose from, acid and acrylic.
We don't mean to discourage pool deck painting because there are good products out there, but staining may be a better and cheaper alternative.
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