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  • This 1,700-square-foot pool deck stamped with a wood plank pattern was the perfect solution for homeowners who like the look of wood but wanted the durability of concrete.
  • A close-up of the stamped pool deck, which was colored with a tan dry-shake hardener accented by a dark brown release agent to achieve a wood-grain effect.
  • The project also included installation of a terraced patio and a faux-stone retaining wall integrating three shear-descent waterfalls. The retaining walls are made of cinder block resurfaced with thin-veneer cultured stone and capped with lime stone.
  • The pool deck includes areas for lounging, dining and grilling and can be accessed from any part of the house.

Wood is rarely used as a pool deck material because it can easily deteriorate and splinter after constant exposure to water and harsh pool chemicals. But with stamped concrete, you can still enjoy the look of a wood deck without any of the drawbacks.

A perfect example is this concrete pool deck at an upscale home in Columbus, N.J., which was stamped with a wood plank pattern chosen by homeowners who like the look of wood but wanted the durability of concrete. Installer ESPJ Construction, which specializes in decorative stamped concrete and masonry work, achieved the realistic look of wood graining by using a wood-plank stamp from Proline along with a desert tan dry-shake color hardener accented with a dark brown release agent, both from Solomon Colors. Because the pool backed up to a hill, ESPJ also installed an attractive stone-look retaining wall and terraced patio.

“The client wanted to do a patio along with something attractive, but had no plans or drawings. We came up with the idea of converting the wall into a raised patio and adding three shear-descent waterfalls with two staircases, one on each side of the pool,” says EPSJ general manager Geovani Espejo.

The pool deck is approximately 1,700 square feet and includes areas for lounging, dining and grilling. It can also be accessed from any part of the house. The retaining walls are made of cinder block resurfaced with thin-veneer cultured stone and capped with lime stone. French drains were also integrated into the base of the wall to facilitate drainage.

ESPJ prides itself on being able to transform concrete into any look the client desires, as they did with great success on this project. “Whether they want traditional concrete or specialty colors and designs, our team of professional concrete workers can make any concrete design become reality,” says Espejo.

Materials used Concrete stamp: Proline wood-plank stamp
Coloring agents: Desert tan dry-shake color hardener and dark brown release agent, both from Solomon Colors

Contractor ESPJ Construction, Linden, N.J.

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