How long do coatings last?
A deck coating when properly prepped and applied can last 30 years when properly maintained. Just like any coating product, preparation of the substrate (Concrete) is of the utmost importance to ensure proper bonding of the material. Once the coating is applied properly, annual or bi-annual maintenance will maintain the seal of the concrete and provide a beautiful, uniform look to the entire deck for many years. Routine maintenance includes a chemical and physical deep cleaning, minor repairs to cracks and chips, and re-coloring of any patches. How often the maintenance is required is determined by the amount of use and abuse the deck receives.
Is a coating slippery?
All of our coatings are commercially rated as non-slip. There are some coatings out there that are slippery, but the Classic Knockdown texture we use around commercial pools will provide a non-slip surface for many years.
Are there multiple colors available?
Our coatings come in a variety of standard colors and can even be color matched to your paint scheme if desired. Typically associations prefer to have the deck and the coping in different complimenting colors. This sets the pool apart from the rest of the deck and is done at no additional cost.
Do coatings require maintenance?
Yes. Besides providing a non-slip, uniform, beautiful look, the main purpose of a deck coating is to protect the concrete structure of the deck from the harsh water and chemicals associated with commercial pools and spas. Although the coating keeps the water and chemicals from soaking into the concrete, concrete might still crack or chip due to movement, roots, heaving, vandalism…etc. It is very important to repair these cracks and chips in order to continue protecting the structure.
What causes coatings to fail?
There are two major factors that cause coatings to fail – improper preparation and lack of routine maintenance. Typically associations turn to a deck coating when they see signs of concrete deterioration. When preparing an already deteriorating concrete surface, we use heavy industrial grinding equipment to remove any concrete that is not solid. When deterioration begins to appear, this is a sign that the concrete has been compromised even in areas that are not showing any deterioration. The coating is important to keep the concrete structure below from deteriorating.
Can I coat a pool deck with cracks?
YES. Not only are cracks chased and filled with urethane before applying the color and seal coat, but we offer a custom scoreline to incorporate and disguise cracks to become a part of the design. If cracks have large elevation differences from one side to the other because of deck heaving, partial concrete replacement might be necessary.