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Thread: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

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    Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    I am building a pool in Southern California and am looking for advice on the best type of concrete finish to put around my pool. I am thinking about doing exposed aggregate with 1/4" pebbles. I have a couple concerns. Will it get too hot on our feet, will it be too slippery or could it be too rough? If anyone has any experience I would love to get some advice.

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    Aug 2010
    New Caney, TX 77357

    Re: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    I don't know about "best" but our selection was Sundek textured spray coating over the concrete base. We had our existing covered concrete patio treated with the same material. There are various finishes and colors available. The PB's standard offering was pea gravel (exposed aggregate). We did not want that as we don't really care for that look plus it does not feel good on your feet. We walked barefoot on the Sundek by the PB's demo pool around noon in late August on a sunny day and it felt just fine. Sundek will cost more than the exposed aggregate but in our case we felt like it was money well spent.

    You can see some pics of our pool build here:

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    BTW, that's going to be a fantastic looking pool.
    20K gal, inground with attached spa, pebblefina plaster (bella blue), flagstone coping, moss rock waterfall, Sundek - Indian wheat, (2) Jandy PHPM2.0 (filter pump and waterfall), Jandy DEV60 DE filter, Polaris 280 pool cleaner, Polaris Halcyon PB4-60Q booster pump, Polaris 1.5 HP Air Blower, (2) Jandy WaterColors LED lights, Jandy LXI400P Heater, Jandy AquaPure PLC1400 SWG, Jandy AquaLink RS PureLink Controller and PDA.

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    Oct 2009
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    Do you live in coastal (cool) or inland (hot) southern California? If coastal, I think Kooldek/Sundek/etc. would be a waste of money, since it's intended to make burning hot decking slightly less burning hot.

    I would say use pavers, but it looks like you have forms all laid out for a pour. In that case, I would go for a stamped and colored concrete.
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    Feb 2010
    Inland Empire/SoCal

    Re: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    Whatever you do make sure it is not slippery. If you pour it, I suggest a concrete with fine aggregate with a light acid wash to give it some texture. Kooldeck is a good option. I went with pavers for various reasons listed in my puild build in this forum. BTW the pool is looking awesssommmme !!
    OB Pool - 45K Gal. 64'x25' free-form IG - 35'x18" raised bond beam - Swim up bar w/ 5 stools - 14'x8 ' sunken patio/grill area w/ icemaker, fridge, SS cabinets, sink, granite counters, dual head grill - 14' spa w/12 venturi jets - 2 fire bowls - 1 firepit - Indeck drink cooler - 3 fiberlit waterfalls - 14' sun shelf with 2 fiberlit bubblers - 25 x fiberlit star floor fixtures - 5 Pentair Intelliflow 3HP pumps - Tiger Shark QC Cleaner - 4 Pentair Color LED Intellibrite Lights - Pentair 400K Master Temp - 2 Intellichlor IC40 alt cells - Intellitouch i9 w/ i10x expansion - Pentair IS10 spa side remote - MobileTouch2 - 4 Valve Actuators - Silencer Blower - Pentair 520 Cartridge Filter - 2 fiberlit laminars - 4 Fiberstar Illuminators - Perimeter fiberlit bar counter and spa - 2 Bermuda Skimmers - 8 Returns - Hydrazzo custom color plaster - Natural quartz ledging - Glass Mosaic Tile - 2000 sq ft paver deck w/ double banded poured coping - Interfab G-Force Pool slide.

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    Sep 2008
    The Woodlands, Texas, USA

    Re: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    I have the exposed aggregate deck. It DOES get hot with direct sun in the summer. The traction is nice, however, it does feel just slightly rough on bare feet at times but not a big deal. It is time to clean and seal mine, so that will probably make it feel smoother.

    A neighbor has the Kooldeck. I really like it and yes it is cooler. However, my neighbor hates it because it has a constant film of meldew/dirt in the recessed parts of the texture all the time that is difficult to clean out.

    Stamped/colored concrete sounds like a great choice.
    IG 24k plaster with overflow spa. Goldline PS-8 SWG. Tristar 0.75 HP filter pump, Polaris 280, large cartridge filter, 400k BTU NG Max-E-Therm HD, SR Smith Turbo Twister, Life Saver pool fence, ORP managed.

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    Re: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    I live in the Inland Empire, specifically Corona. It is hot in the summer.
    Thanks for all the advice. I think we are going to go with a colored concrete and expose 1/4" aggregate in it. I think we are going to sponge it off to expose the aggregate. We are going to use colored concrete with a Topcast 3 to make it slightly less slippery for the sports court.
    If any one sees any problems with this or has advice, please post. We are hoping to pour this weekend.
    Thanks for the help and the compliments on the pool. It has been a fun and mentally tiring process.

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    Copperas Cove, Texas

    Re: Best Concrete Choice for Decking Around Pool

    Nice looking pool. Keep us posted.
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