New Pool Deck Problems


LifeTime Supporter
Nov 8, 2014
Grass Valley, CA
Noobie here, first post, so please bear with me.. I just had my 30 year old plaster pool and concrete deck refurbished. Pool is now a 13,000 gal Gemstone blue diamond pebble (exposed aggregate) with an 800 sqft two color stone stamped deck. I'm not happy with the results of either one. But the water chemistry is going great with the TF-100 kit!

The most pressing issue is the pool deck so I will address that first. I hope the attached pictures will show the problem well enough and let you zoom into the best resolution. Much of the deck has areas that look like a moonscape. Many areas look like decomposed granite and look nothing like the sample he showed me when he started on demo day. The concrete sub is here today trying to fix several other issues and when I asked him to see that sample (sandstone & walnut), he claims he doesn't have it. The deck has a kind of a purple, chalky appearance with very little contrast for two color (for which I paid $2 sqft extra) but he says after it is sealed that it will look great. I have seen it wet after a rain and really not much improvement in the contrasting color.

Now the rest of the story. He ordered the concrete from Teichert in Roseville, CA about a 1+ hour uphill drive from my house near Grass Valley, CA. We have a concrete plant about 10 minutes away, but he must have got a "deal" in Roseville . The truck arrived at 11:00 AM on Nov 4, but no pumper! The sub claims the pumper just didn't show . So, his laborers had to wheel barrow 10 yards of concrete with ONE wheelbarrow (and my small garden wheel barrow until the tire blew) about 120 ft to my pool. They emptied the truck 3 hrs later at 2PM. So that concrete was up to 4 hours old. They did a sloppy job screeding and floating it, by the time they got to stamping, it was already pretty hard. I asked him today what happened, why do these areas look like the moon. He said that's the way it's supposed to look! That was the stamp. Well, I ask you for your opinion... is that the way stamped concrete should look? Is their any stamp that would give that crumbly look? I think not. I am having another contractor come over next week for his opinion. He demanded payment in cash the day of the pour as negotiated through the general pool contractor. I have not paid the general contractor (PB) for his Gemstone work, but now he is saying he is not responsible for the concrete deck sub (which is BS).

Have you ever seen a stamped deck that looks like this?

Thanks again.


TFP Expert
Apr 19, 2013
Sacramento, CA
Wow that's a story!!!

Unless you become a lifetime member you are limited on pictures. Host them on Flicker then go to the link below. That way you can post all the pictures you want.

You paid the contractor? The full amount? No retention?

Frankly I'm surprised they could get anything out of it after the first two hours -- that mud was three hours old. How much water did they add?

Post pictures and then we can comment.

Divin Dave

LifeTime Supporter
TFP Expert
Oct 2, 2013
Longview, Texas
Hi Charlie,
Welcome to TFP!

the best way to post pics is,

Create a photobucket account, and put your pics there.

Then make a post here... then go back to photobucket and click on the pic you want to post (you can post multiple pics by photobucket in the same post)
To the right of the pic you click on, will be 3 buttons. The one on the bottom will say IMG. CLick that and the pic automatically copies
then come back to your post and paste it. (it will show up as a link when you paste it, but when you click the submit button to submit your post, the pic will show up.).

Hate to hear that you aren't happy. As money as is spent, we can sympathize.

Hope this helps,