Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Thursday 23rd of February 2017
The installation of a pool is a large investment that you hope will remain viable, both in terms of usage and financial value when selling your home, for the long term. While enormous cost can go into the installation and maintenance of the pool itself, the pool decks and patios are often overlooked, which can be a huge problem for homeowners.
Pool decks are an important, if understated, aspect of your pool experience. If your pool patio is cracked and dirty, weeds will grow between the pavers, leading to a very unpleasant visual faade. There can also be structural danger caused by damage that can be extremely costly to repair. Fortunately, there is a cost effective and relatively easy way to protect your concrete pool decks and patios.
Most pool decks and patios are made up of concrete pavers. As many pools are in places that get a lot of sun, especially in the summer, it is important to properly seal the concrete surrounding your pool to ensure that discoloration and damage from UV rays does not ruin the visual appeal of your backyard. Similarly, you want to make sure the concrete is protected from rain, wind, salts, chemicals, and various other elements that can harm the material.
If you are looking for a natural finish pool deck sealer the best product to use is the Siloxa-Tek 8500. It is excellent if you are looking for a slip-free finish and it is great for use around a salt water pool since it will protect the pool deck from spalling pitting and cracking. The 8500 will last up to ten years before another application.
A water-based acrylic sealer like the Cryli-Tek 5500 is the best if you are looking for a low sheen satin finish. A water-based acrylic sealer like will conform to environmental regulations while protecting your concrete with a strong film of large acrylic particles that will dry onto your concrete, ensuring lasting protection.
A solvent based acrylic sealer like the Cryli-Tek 5505 is the best option if you are looking for a high gloss, wet look finish. It can be slippery when wet so it is recommended that a slip resistant additive such as the Slip-Tek 250 be added to the Cryli-Tek 5505 for added traction.