It is natural for homeowners to find a pool deck material that would satisfy their needs and wants. There are many factors that need to be considered, such as the aesthetic appeal, slip-resistance, durability, longevity, and cost. Here, two pool deck materials are defined to help you compare to, ultimately, make the right choice.

Rubber Deck

This may seem like a fairly new material out in the market but it has actually been in existence for about 70 years now. It is often used on running tracks, playgrounds, and splash pads. Today, it is becoming a favorite among homeowners as a pool deck coating. A rubber decking is made of a synthetic rubber with a special kind of polyurethane binder mixed in. It is poured directly on a concrete slab in pool deck repair jobs. A rubber decking is beneficial in a lot of ways. Here are some pros and cons:

  • It is a naturally non-slip material even when wet or covered with snow
  • Rubber decking is quite flexible and can move along with the slab
  • It is resistant to cracks and freeze-thaw damage
  • This seamless coating prevents the growth of weeds and insect inhabitants
  • It comes in a wide range of colors but dries with a matte and dull finish
  • Like most rubber materials, it has a distinct but subtle rubber smell
  • It requires 24-48 hours drying time

 

Cool Decking

This is a popular acrylic concrete coating for concrete pool decks. It can be used for pool deck repair jobs that involve resurfacing. Aside from the pool deck, it can also be used on concrete patios, driveways, walkways, entryways, and other outdoor concrete surfaces. Here are notable advantages and disadvantages:

  • Cool decking is applied via a spray-down method that creates a slip-resistant texture
  • It can be customized with score lines so it goes with the slab’s natural movement
  • The coating is resistant to climatic changes
  • It can be stamped and stained for a more custom look
  • Costs more affordable than rubber decking and other pool deck materials
  • The surface is comfortable and cool enough for barefoot walking
  • It is odorless
  • It only requires 2-3 days to fully install

Now that you have seen the features, benefits, and some drawbacks of both rubber decking and cool decking, it is easier for you to find the right one for you. Make sure that, no matter which one you choose, hire a licensed contractor that specializes in it.