Hello everyone. This has probably been discussed before, but at the risk of someone saying "use the search function" I'll post my question.
I have a pool from the mid 70's that has been neglected over the years. I am taking better care of it than I believe anyone ever has. The problem is that I'm fighting an unwinnable battle in the beautification category. Firstly, I don't have gobs of money to throw at it, or I wouldn't be here. But I would like to do something to make this pool a little more appealing. It isn't horrific, but certainly dated. It's got a plaster inner surface that was re-done in 2005, so I'm told. I personally think someone cheaped out on it because the plaster is all uneven down at the deep end. Not bubbled up or ruined, just a bunch of little peaks and valleys. Someday I'm sure I'll get that redone in some of that pebbletech/sheen stuff but I think that's for later. Right now I'm more worried about the area AROUND the pool.
The concrete around the pool is old, not terribly cracked, but not well leveled. There are some puddling spots up against the house and in one open area behind the pool. It's sort of an orangish-reddish-brownish color. No idea what it looked like new. It has that "salt thrown" texture to it. I'd like to get it tuned up a bit.
I've spent hours looking at websites and youtube videos that show different remodeling options, but most of those will cost a small fortune. I'd really like to avoid breaking out the concrete and so I've researched some ways to go about doing that.
1. Tile over concrete. I've laid so much tile in my life I know I could do it myself. BUT, with the current puddling of water issues would it be a good idea. I guess I'd need to sort that out first.
2. Pavers over concrete. There are companys that specialize in exactly this type of thing. Special thin pavers that can be installed directly over your existing slab. Puddling problem would still exist however.
3. Concrete staining. BUT wouldn't that "salt thrown" texture remain? My parents had a stained concrete floor for a few years, but covered it with tile (that I laid) because it's surface glaze became damaged and a contractor said that there was no way to repair it without re-doing the whole floor.
4. Concrete re-surfacing. I don't really understand this option because it just seems like staining to me based on the images I've looked at. There must be something different about it that I'm missing though.
If anyone has any experience with any of this, could you please help me out. I can do tons of things on my own, I'd love to be able to help this pool without paying some contractor to do what I know I can do. I'm a bit OCD and can pay attention to the smallest of details on jobs like this. I just don't have the experience to know which option suits my needs and price range best. I haven't taken measurements yet, but I can if that is needed for you guys to help me. It seems like a lot of **** concrete to me. It isn't some huge mansion pool, but there is a lot of decking around it. It's a weird yard!