What to know:
Broom finished concrete This is the decking that comes standard with our pools. As the name implies, it is normal light gray concrete with a broom finish on it for slip resistance. This is the least expensive and most maintenance free option and is attractive and practical. Will stain easily and like any other concrete flat work can develop cracks.
Textured concrete There are many types of textured concrete products. These are epoxy based materials sprayed on top of existing concrete, and then textured and colored. Spraydeck®, Cooldeck® and Spraycrete® Syntex® are some popular types. Can be applied on existing concrete. Tend to be cooler on bare feet than other products and depending on the texture can be more slip resistant. Requires various types of maintenance depending on the product. They are used more in renovations than new construction.
Stamped concrete This is concrete with added colors which is stamped to emulate different type stone or paved patios. It is sealed to lock in the colors and give it luster. It looks very beautiful and is very popular as an upgrade from standard concrete decking. It is more expensive, more and requires occasional resealing. It is more resistant to staining but, being concrete, it is also subject to cracking. Dark colors can get pretty hot bare feet. It will be quite slippery if it not sealed with a sealer containing anti slip material.
Pavers and natural stone This type of decking is very beautiful but ranges from expensive to very expensive. Dark pavers or stone can get pretty hot on bare feet. Also grass and weeds can grow in between the pavers as soil and dust collects there. The greatest advantage is the look and the fact that they can be repaired easily if they settle or crack.