Enhancing a pool deck doesn’t have to be something that involves the use of expensive materials and complicated work. A mere layer or two of concrete pool deck paint or stain could immediately enhance the look at a more comfortable price. While these two share the same goal, they are two different options. Which one should you choose and why?
Pool Deck Paint: Pros and Cons
Painting is a traditional method of adding color to any concrete surface, both horizontal and vertical. It comes in a wide range of colors and paint experts can even mix them to create a custom color that matches your preference. The paint dries to an opaque finish, covering up any unsightly stain or blemish that the concrete deck may have. Patterns and designs can be customized to make the deck a creative work of art. This method of adding color to a deck is one of the easiest to apply. However, it can be quite messy so make sure that surrounding areas are protected.
The downside to paint is that it creates a thin film of color on top of the concrete deck, but does not penetrate the slab. It traps moisture in and when that happens, there is a possibility that the layer of paint would separate from the deck, causing it to bubble, flake, and peel.
Acid and Water-Based Stain: Pros and Cons
Concrete staining is a popular refinishing method that is similar to wood staining. It comes in two types: acid and water-based. Acid stains create random shades and effects that make it look like marble, stone, or even leather. No two concrete slabs react the same way so every surface is unique. Water-based stains are more consistent. Both dry to a finish that leans more to semi-translucent than opaque. Concrete stains last longer than paint because it penetrates deep within the slab. This means it won’t fade, peel, or flake off.
The process of staining is not as simple as painting the deck. It is highly recommended to hire a pro to apply the stain. For acid stains, the deck needs to be prepared to ensure proper adherence. The only minor downside to staining is how unpredictable the results are. The acid stain look will depend on how much lime and mineral the slab contains. The color may not also dry exactly as it looks on a color swatch. Make sure to test a bit of the stain on an inconspicuous spot to see how dark or light it will be when fully dry.