Need advise--pool coping & stamp colored

utmom

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Jan 2, 2017
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Utah
We are getting close! Concrete starts Monday. We are interested in doing a stamped concrete around our pool and decking (a simple stamp--like a fractured slate pattern). We do NOT want any sealer, so it it wont be slick etc...I know that changes the look a bit, but we're going for low maintenance and low injury :)

We are doing an auto cover, it's a flush mount, so it will sit in the concrete and it will be gray. We have travertine type waterline line tiles and it runs up on a raised bond beam--lots of variation. I'm thinking of doing the stamped border, a little darker, and then a broom finish deck--or maybe opposite?? I'd love to see what you've done--if you selected anything like this. Should we do all one color? Should we do a lighter or darker border? Did you do something similar and you love it--or would you change something? I'd love your input!
 

bmoreswim

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I've seen numerous poured concrete copings with separate concrete decks. I always think the ones with darker coping look the best. I think that is a very pragmatic approach which will also get you a nice looking end product.
 

swimcmp

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Nov 8, 2011
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We have done several where the first 2' is darker with a stamped finish, then the rest is just gray broom finish. Like this as it draws your eye to the edge of the pool. Cuts down on trip and falls
 

utmom

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Jan 2, 2017
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Utah
Yes, this is what the concrete guy recommended too--I think it will look nice. I'm wondering if the rest of the deck in the stamp, and lighter finish would look nice or if it would be a bit much. I always overthink! haha!!

We have done several where the first 2' is darker with a stamped finish, then the rest is just gray broom finish. Like this as it draws your eye to the edge of the pool. Cuts down on trip and falls