If you’ve been thinking about having your commercial pool deck repaired, you may be worried about the cost of the job and all the hidden charges that a contractor may spring on you. That’s why it’s incredibly important to understand how a pool deck contractor comes up with costs and what you can do to prepare and negotiate a price beforehand.
In this article, we guide you through understanding what kinds of repairs are available for your pool deck and the factors that affect the cost of a commercial pool deck repair.
A repair of a commercial pool deck isn’t a singular process that applies to all kinds of problems. Depending on the state of the damage and where and what the damage is, different fixes can be applied.
Pool Deck Resurfacing
Resurfacing is your best solution if your pool deck is cracking, scaling, or spalling. Resurfacing applies a concrete overlay on top of the existing deck to serve as the new deck.
Not only will it cover up and fix any cracking or scaling, but it will also make your pool look brand-new. You can also choose to apply a new design or texture to it.
Generally, a concrete overlay costs somewhere between $5 and $7 per square foot but many things can affect that cost. For example, if there is leveling to be done on parts of the concrete that have sunken down, it will cost more. And if you’re looking for a special kind of texture on it and a specific design, it will add to the overall cost.
To avoid surprise costs, be thorough and explicit about what you want with the contractor and set a fixed price for the desired timeline.
Pool Deck Recoloring
A commercial pool is a real draw for many people, which is why it’s important to maintain its appearance. Color fading or discoloration from stains may happen when the pool is frequently used, as it can sustain damage from heat, weathering, and from the chemicals in the pool that may spill over the deck.
Fortunately, recoloring is a fairly simple solution. Concrete staining, a popular coloring method for pool decks, can cost as little as $2 per square foot for a basic one-coat stain.
The cost of the staining job will depend on any prep work that may need to be completed before the staining, such as fixing cracks or leveling the concrete. The chosen stain and color and whether any designs or patterns will be imprinted on the pool deck will also affect the overall cost.
Pool Deck Engraving
If you wish, there are ways to salvage a pool deck that is cracked without ripping it out or placing an overlay on top. A pool deck can be engraved with a chosen design to cover up or at least minimize the appearance of cracks.
This is done with a machine engraver that presses a design into the concrete. The concrete’s design can then be stained or colored.
A pool deck engraving job will cost somewhere between $3 and $6 per square foot, but it will depend on the kind of design you want to get.
Remember that pool deck engraving is a temporary solution to a problem. Cracks may widen or become worse and cause leaks in the pool, so it may still be worth considering something like resurfacing if you’re looking for a long-term solution.