- Concrete Pool Deck Info
- Pool Deck Pictures
- Layout of the Pool Deck
- What Kind of Materials Should I Use For My Deck?
- Pool Deck Design Ideas
- Stamped Concrete and Other Popular Pool Deck Surfaces
- Stamped Concrete
- Colored Concrete
- Pool Deck Pavers
- Exposed Aggregate
- More Pool Deck Surfaces
- Compare Concrete Pool Decks
- Installing and Maintaining Concrete Pool Decks
- Pool Deck Cost
- Pool Deck Construction Fundamentals
- Pool Coping
- Sealing and Protecting Pool Decks
- Pool Deck Repair
- Pool Deck Safety
- Resurface Existing Concrete with Pool Deck Coatings
- Other Resources
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- Design Ideas: Pool Deck Info
Colored Concrete Options for Pool Decks
Design Ideas for Colored Concrete Pool Decks
Coloring is one of the best ways to beautify a concrete pool deck, give it more distinction, and make the deck blend in with its surroundings. Coloring usually goes hand in hand with other decorative concrete treatments, such as stamping or stenciling, allowing you to replicate the colors of natural stone or create unique medallions or other custom art. The most popular methods for coloring exterior concrete are chemical stains, integral color and dry-shake hardeners. Each of these methods can be used alone or in combination to create unique multi-tonal effects. Many coloring methods offer myriad shades to choose from, allowing you to pick a hue that will best complement your home, landscape or other elements in the vicinity of the pool. Custom color matching is also possible with many products. Learn more about the different coloring methods for concrete pool decks, and see projects showcasing a variety of popular color options.
Sandy White and Beige Concrete Pool Decks
White and light beige tones are quite popular for concrete pool decks because they evoke the look of a sandy beach and they reflect harsh sunlight so the deck stays cooler. Often these pool decks start with a white concrete mix to achieve the purity of color.
Earth-Toned Concrete Pool Decks
Shades of brown, tan, terra cotta and other earth-tones create stunning concrete pool decks that blend in beautifully with many backyard landscapes and complement most home exteriors. The color scheme is rustic and natural, giving the pool the look of a man-made pond.
Blue and Gray Concrete Pool Decks
Gray concrete pool decks don’t have to look boring and ordinary. With the addition of darker gray color accents, such as pewter or charcoal, they can be given the rich look of slate or weathered flagstone. And by adding a touch of blue, they echo the color of the water and mimic the color of blue-gray river rock.
Multicolored Concrete Pool Decks
By using a broader spectrum of colors and coloring methods, contractors can give concrete pool decks realistic stone or tile finishes and custom graphic enhancements. Another popular look is to color the pool coping in a contrasting shade to give it greater definition. Often these finishes require more skill, time and effort to install, but the results can transform the look of your poolscape.
Integral coloring admixtures infuse concrete with rich, long-lasting, fade-resistant color. It’s a popular option for exterior concrete because the color runs throughout the entire slab and will not fade due to sun or weather exposure. This coloring method also works well as a backdrop for contrasting accent or antiquing colors, such as pigmented release agents and stains. See Integral Color.
Acid, or chemical-based, concrete stains are an economical and highly versatile way to color both new and existing concrete pool decks. Stains can be applied by hand after the concrete sets, giving contractors the ability to add subtle hints of color or bolder design accents. Acid stains penetrate and react chemically with the concrete, creating natural color variations that add character and unique mottling effects. However, the color selection is generally limited to subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens.
Water-based stains(typically a blend of acrylic polymers and pigments) penetrate the concrete to produce permanent color, ranging from translucent to opaque depending on the product. They go beyond the subtle color effects of acid-based stains and come in a much broader spectrum of hues. Most manufacturers offer dozens of standard colors to choose from (see these concrete stain color charts).
Dry-shake color hardeners and antiquing agents are the most popular coloring methods for stamped concrete pool decks because they produce realistic color variations similar to natural stone. Because the color is concentrated at the surface, it tends to be more intense than integral color. See Color Concrete with Concrete Color Hardener.