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Question DetailsAsked on 2/24/2015

Who can I hire to replace my concrete pool deck with pavers, travertine or slate?

I have a stamped concrete pool deck that is very slippery when wet. I would like to replace it this spring with either pavers, travertine, or natural rock (slate).

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I would talk with a pool deck specialist - a pool installer.

My recommendation - which I am sure he will confirm - is avoid travertine. It dissolves very readily in high chlorine and acid environments - and guess what you add to pool water - yeah, chlorine and acid.

Pavers are generally a poor bet around pools unless outside a 3-5 foot pooured concrete perimeter - tend to be too mobile and get out of plane from the constant wetting, plus any sand or grit getting into the joints tends to widen the joints progressively, which can cause them to push against the lip of the pool and crack it.

Replacing it because it is slick is a costly fix - I would find a contractor who will either recoat it with a friction sealer (designed for pools, shower rooms, etc - or if necessary because of existing sealer (especially if silicone) chemically etch or sandblast it (after totally sealing the pool with plastic to keep the grit out of the pool, of course) and then reseal with a non-slip sealer.

Likely to run you about $0.70-1/SF range or perhaps a bit less as opposed to around $10-20/SF ballpark for common stone or pavers - more if you get exotic.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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