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Pool Deck Materials Matter

The decking that surrounds a pool is an important part of the pool environment. It sets the tone, character and style of the swimming area and will be where tables, chairs, and other outdoor furnishings will be placed. However, not all pool decking is the same and there are some factors to consider when choosing pool decking.

The materials used in pool decking will have an impact on the people using the pool. Decking materials have function and performance requirements that are far different than an ordinary patio. A pool professional can provide invaluable assistance in choosing the decking materials that best fits individual needs.

Heat Retention

In Florida’s abundant sunshine, pool decking can soak up a lot of heat. The surfaces can become extremely hot and result in burns to the soles of the feet. Individuals have a number of materials available that offer superior levels of reflectivity. For those that have their heart set on a specific material, there are decorative overlays that substantially reduce the amount of radiation and heat absorbed.

Maintenance

No one wants to spend time on maintaining the decking when the pool is so inviting. Concrete is one of the most often used materials for pool decking and while there are pavers and tiles aplenty, they’ll can often require more maintenance than concrete. The selected material will need to be able to withstand constant exposure to pool chemicals, heat, and water without degrading.

Slip Resistance

Splashing and water spillover from pools are to be expected, but it can also lead to a very slippery surface that can result in falls and injuries. The decking can be hazardous for everyone and particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, and anyone that has partaken of alcoholic beverages. Footwear can fail to gain traction on wet surfaces just as easily as wet feet. Slip resistance should be a priority for every pool owner.

Space

A good rule of thumb for a rectangular pool is decking that extends a minimum of four feet on both sides and eight feet on the ends to provide ample space for walking and lounging around the pool. Some materials will cost more to cover the same amount of space.

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Pool Renovation: Surfaces to Consider

Today’s swimming pool owners have a wealth of options available for a pool renovation. The appearance of the backyard pool is important from an aesthetic perspective, but it also affects cost, renovation time, and longevity. Individuals can select from dozens of colors, no matter what material they decide upon for their renovation.

Fiberglass

A smooth finish and resistance to ground shifting has made fiberglass a popular option for pools. It’s longer lasting than plaster or concrete, and resists staining from chemicals and algae. It can be applied over other finishes.

Diamond Brite™

Easy to maintain, it cures quickly and can be acid washed periodically to maintain its brilliance. It’s comfortable on swimmers’ feet, resists staining and fading, and is one of the most durable on the market. The finish is created with natural quartz and is resistant to damage from chemicals, the elements, and sunscreen. It’s also easy to clean and maintain.

Pebble

This is a good choice for those that want to create a natural look and is particularly inviting when surrounded by plants and other greenery. A pebble finish is resistant to chemicals and stains, doesn’t require grout, and is quite durable.

Plaster

For those that simply want to update the finish on their pool, plaster is the most economical but it also requires more maintenance and will require periodic re-plastering or painting. Exposure to pool chemicals, the elements, and even sunscreen can cause discoloration and lead to deterioration. A highly decorative glass bead aggregate is also available that gives water a shimmery appearance.

Quartz

Long lasting and durable, quartz feels smooth to the touch for swimmers and makes cleaning the pool easier. Quartz also enhances the play of illumination on the water, whether it’s mood lighting or sunlight.

Tile

While tile can take a considerable amount of time to install and is one of the more expensive materials, it has the benefit of lasting for many years. Individuals can choose from tiles of porcelain, ceramic, stone and even glass. They can be arranged in multiple designs and patterns for an artistic look. Glass is the most expensive, stone gives a textured feel, and ceramic and porcelain can be hand-painted.

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Pool Problems not to try to Fix Yourself

There are many tasks associated with pool ownership that you can easily fix or repair yourself. There are also some situations when you should definitely call a pool professional. Trying to fix some things will only lead to bigger and more expensive problems in the long run. Some of the situations you should leave to the professionals include the following.

Cracks

Temperature changes can affect the water in your pool and can make the soil around it expand and contract. It can result in cracks in the walls or bottom of the pool. In some situations a crack can be repaired, but you may also need to have the entire pool resurfaced. If you have water levels that aren’t what they should be, the culprit could be a crack. Pools should be resurfaced every 3-7 years.

Broken Heater

A defective or broken heater will leave you with a cold pool due to insufficient water flow. It can also interfere with the air flow required for the heater to function properly. If any of the controls aren’t functioning correctly, you’ll need the services of a pool professional.

Blocked Pipes

The pool’s plumbing is not something you want to attempt to fix on your own. Pipes can be clogged with leaves and debris and a broken pipe may present as dirty water or the filter make not be working properly. It requires an assessment by a professional.

Broken Lighting

If your pool has lights and they stop working, call a pool professional immediately. Electricity and water is a recipe for disaster that can even turn deadly. Don’t let anyone in the pool until it’s been fixed by a pool expert.

Grout Discoloration

You may notice the grout in your pool has been discolored and it’s more than just an aesthetic concern. Tiny particles of dirt, grim and debris can become lodged in grout. It can grow a variety of unsavory things in the pool and throw off your pH levels. You may need an acid cleaning that should only be performed by a pool professional.

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Resurface Your Pool with Diamond Brite™

There comes a time when you’ll need to resurface your swimming pool, or you might just want to update the look. Made with natural quartz, Diamond Brite™ is unaffected by harsh chemicals, resists staining and etching, and doesn’t fade making it one of the most durable finishes in the industry.

Pools are meant to be welcoming and inviting. You don’t have to wait until there are highly noticeable marks and damages to your pool before giving it a facelift. With Diamond Brite™ finishes, you can opt for an entirely new look and restore it to its former glory.

Diamond Brite™ is offered in a variety of textures and the colors come in multiple shades of traditional blue, green, gray, and white, along with show-stopping hues of red, yellow, orange, purple, black, brown and multi-colored. The variegated appearance in the colors works to mask imperfections that often occur in other finishes.

One of the advantages of Diamond Brite™ is that it cures quickly so your pool won’t be down for very long. It’s strong, durable, and can be applied in a single day. The resurfacing material lasts an average of 8-12 years and can even be acid washed every five years if desired to aid in keeping the finish at its brightest.

The finish is easy to maintain and stands up to sunscreen, body oils, and makeup that is washed off in pools thanks to its innovative blend of polymer-modified Portland cement and quarts. The aggregate is offered in a variety of sizes to accommodate multiple types of design requirements and even architectural styles. It also has the benefit of being comfortable on swimmers’ feet.

Diamond Brite™ is an ideal solution if you’re looking for a combination of beauty, durability, and low maintenance. We offer free in-home consultations to review color boards and the various resurfacing options from which you can choose. We can add custom mosaics to your pool and we’re completely certified and licensed.

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New Pool Construction

Timeline for Your Dream Pool

A majority of people that decide to add a pool to their property’s amenities don’t understand the time that’s actually required to install a swimming pool. Each pool construction project is different with its own set of variables. The installer’s workload may be especially heavy or ground-related issues may arise, but a total time estimate is generally in the vicinity of 6-10 weeks.

Pool construction is a multi-step process. They must be installed to a specified set of criteria and permits must be obtained. Excavations will be part of the process and care will be required to avoid utility lines. The process begins by selecting a company that specializes in pool installations and talking with a designer.

The designer will make a physical visit to the property and examine the location where clients want their pool. He or she will discuss the details of what the client envision, make suggestions, and be able to assess the area for potential problems. When the details have been settled, it can take one to two weeks for the designer to present individuals with a rendering of how the completed project will look.

Securing the appropriate permits can be a tricky process. Some cities approve permits quickly if they’ve worked with the company before and they have an impeccable record. Other governmental units may require multiple approvals by the city’s engineer, appearing before a planning board, and obtaining input from neighbors. It can take a week or two, but in some instances it can take up to six months.

Jobs are completed in the order in which they’re received and a highly skilled and reputable builder often has a backlog of projects. This is especially true at certain times of the year. It may take one to four weeks from the time permits are approved until excavation begins. Add another week or two for installation of plumbing, electrical, and any special features such as lights and stereo systems.

A pool can be installed and have water in it in as little as two to seven days after excavation begins. Most problems arise from the construction of the patio area surrounding the pool. The hole around the pool must be filled and given time to settle to adequately support the patio. It can take one to four weeks for this step.

It may seem like forever from the time individuals begin the pool process to its completion since every pool installation project has a set of variables. When individuals are enjoying their new swimming pool and sipping cool drinks at poolside during the hottest part of the year, it will be well worth the wait.

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