CONCRETE POOL DECK REPAIR
Concrete Chiropractor® was established in 2000 as a concrete pool deck repair service. We specialize in providing affordable pool deck repair services at a third or half of the cost to replace on residential and commercial applications.
Problematic concrete can create problems ranging from town safety violations, insurance cancellations, devaluation of property value, delays in Real Estate sales and more. It’s important to maintain your concrete and fix any problems ASAP.
Pool deck repair and maintenance are necessary to keep aging pools functioning, prevent devaluation and maintain safety to avoid potential injury to self, family members, and guests.
Here are some standard style inground pools and repairs and maintenance:
Gunite or Concrete Pools –
Several types of masonry pool copings include cast concrete tile, brick, and natural stone. There is also “cantilever” coping, a design where your concrete pool deck overhangs the top of your pool wall and terminates with a finished concrete edge.
While individual concrete tile, brick, or natural stone copings are susceptible to loosening, especially in colder climates due to frost, preventative maintenance such as resetting any loose tile and maintaining joint sealant can prevent a need for total coping replacement. However, suppose water penetrates and freezes between the base of your coping and the top pool wall surface for a prolonged period. In that case, it can cause significant damage, making complete coping replacement necessary.
Another common problem with this style pool is plaster and tile, which tend to delaminate and pop off the pool wall due to water and frost wicking in from the outside pool wall. This is commonly seen when the pool deck has settled, diverting water toward the coping and pool wall.
Sinking pool decks can often be remedied with a process known as mudjacking or concrete raising, as in the photo below.
Metal Wall Liner Pools –
A metal wall pool consists of a metal frame and walls with a pool liner installed. Pool liners typically have a 10-to-15-year life span before needing replacement. Coping styles can vary, but two of the most common are rim lock and cantilever copings.
A rim lock coping has a rounded edge that sets on top of the pool wall. The concrete pool deck is then poured into the rim lock coping. The cantilever coping style overhangs the top of the pool wall and has a finished inside edge.
With these two style pools, it is common to experience a settlement toward the outer edge, causing the pool deck to rise off the pool wall. This will cause a vinyl liner to pop out of its top edge retainer or a cantilever coping to rise, leaving a space between the bottom of the coping and the top of the pool wall.
Older-style liner pools will sometimes have what is referred to as an overlap coping. An overlap coping is a wide aluminum edge, which will overlap the top of the concrete pool deck. When the concrete pool deck settles, it will leave a gap between the bottom of the coping and the top of the concrete pool deck.
Fiberglass Pools –
As a fiberglass pool ages, it will often need recoating with specialty products for this application. Material and labor costs can vary, so it is important to do your product research and check your contractor’s reputation and knowledge of installation of these products. It is common to see cantilever-style copings around fiberglass pools.
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Other Common Concrete Pool Deck Repairs
Joint sealants serve two primary purposes. To allow for movement of concrete slabs when poured against pool copings and to prevent large amounts of water from draining through the concrete deck, allowing for frost movement and expansion which can cause concrete or coping damage and cracking.
When replacing these joints, the old sealant and any dirt and debris must be removed leaving a clean joint. A Backer rod or sand is then placed in the joint and a self-leveling, pool-grade, urethane joint sealant is applied. Using non pool grade sealant will typically result in premature failure as they are not resistant to chlorine pool chemicals.
Cracking of concrete pool decks is a common result of improper joint placement during initial concrete installation or lack of base support and settlement. Concrete when installed correctly, is designed to tolerate movement from a freeze-thaw cycle. Also, concrete shrinks during the curing process.
While concrete cracks are common, they are rarely a cause for concern unless they are uneven, wide, or causing a trip and fall hazard. Available concrete crack repair methods are limited and usually unsightly when completed.
Pool Deck Resurfacing due to failure is common. This process will often include the repair of cracks and will also cover or blend these cracks, leaving an acceptable appearance. However, cracks will sometimes reappear due to slab movement.
Concrete stains and coatings are available from well-known paint suppliers and can be a do-it-yourself project or contracted. Other well-known coatings are known as “spray down-knock down” finishes are popular as they provide a cooler walking surface. These coatings require contractors with the proper knowledge and equipment to apply.
Plastic Pool Joints are known to crack and fail from slab movement. These joints, sometimes called “arrowheads, ” are installed by pushing them down into the concrete when poured. They then lock in place. Repairing these damaged joints is limited to removing the joint with a saw, using a pool-grade joint sealant, or obtaining a replacement cap and installing a caulking product.