Concrete Pool Decking: Design and Safety Options

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What could be better than organizing a pool party for friends and family this summer? Pools are intended for fun and recreation, but they can also be hazardous when surfaces become wet or the pool is left unsupervised. You'll enjoy your pool and deck much more knowing you've made the area as safe as possible. Ryan Kartchner Concrete Construction of Utah will discuss with you the best options for beauty as well as safety.

Even a porous concrete surface can be slippery when wet and decorative concrete treated with a color hardener or sealer can be especially slick since water beads up on the surface. It is important to keep the pool area safe. There are several ways to improve the traction of the pool deck surfaces without detracting from the appearance. These include the use of textured or exposed aggregate finishes, putting down a textured overlay, or mixing a clear plastic grit into the sealer before it's applied.

If your pool or concrete patio needs some renovation and repairing invest some time and money to make it safe while you are making it look inviting call RKCC. Kartchner Concrete located in Sandy, Utah can upgrade the concrete pool deck that is looking worn and shabby.

Textures

A great way to make it look updated and reduce accidents is to use a stamped concrete pool deck overlay, texturing, or maybe an aggregate finish. The advancements in products and materials have resulted in many upgrades to the area around the pool giving rich textures and colors to the old-fashioned flat, gray, and slick concrete decks of the past.

Sealers-Sand-Grit

Ryan Kartchner Concrete can add a grit or other new material to the final sealer coat to increase the friction and avoid slipping. The best material to use for this purpose is a grit made from ground up polyethylene. Silica sand or aluminum oxide beads have also been used, but these materials may change the appearance of decorative concrete.The advantages of the plastic grit are that it is nearly transparent and that it is so light it stays suspended throughout the sealer. Allowing new grit to be exposed as the sealer wears and it stays in suspension during application,

Fences-Walls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 3,000 fatal unintentional drownings a year. Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-14. The best way to reduce accidental drownings in residential pools is to construct a barrier or fence that prevents children or visitors from gaining unsupervised access.

The placement of barriers should be considered in your deck and concrete design and layout. The CPSC handbook "Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools" recommends that the top of a pool barrier be at least 4 feet above grade and the maximum clearance at the bottom not exceed 4 inches. Enclose the pool on all sides with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars. Openings in the fence should be no more than four inches wide.