The pool deck is a very important part of the outdoors. It is a space where people can lounge, sunbathe, and walk around when getting up or going around the pool. This area is almost always wet. For this reason, a concrete pool deck is more prone to damage caused by water, weather, and temperature. Decorative concrete contractors in St. Louis are now offering quality solutions that aim to repair and update pool decks, concrete patios, and even driveways. One such solution is Stamped Concrete Overlay.
Stamped Concrete Patterns
There are many different patterns, both precast and custom-made, available for home and business owners to choose from. Some of the most popular are:
- Hand-carved stone – this includes natural stone patterns made with manually sawing or engraving the overlay. It gives the appearance of natural stone pavers sealed in place with mortar. These are often stained in multiple colors for a more natural effect.
- Slate – this metamorphic rock pattern is popular for use on walking surfaces because of its almost flat surface when broken or fractured. Stamp mats or skins with this pattern are placed on top of an overlay until it imprints properly.
- Flagstone – Also known as a “seamless mat”, this type of pattern mimics that of flagstone or flat stone. It features a flat surface with minimal grooves. The shapes of the stone pieces are often irregular.
- Brick – Probably the most common and traditional pattern is the brick pattern. There are varieties to the brick’s layout, such as basketweave, herringbone, European fan, and more. Staining this with the classic reddish brown or orangey color of real brick would definitely make it look more attractive.
Things to Consider in Choosing a Pattern
When it comes to choosing a concrete pool deck pattern for concrete overlay stamping, it is important to choose something that would be appropriate for its use. Here are factors you need to put into deep thought:
- The texture of the pattern should provide enough traction to prevent slips and falls but smooth enough to be comfortable for bare feet.
- The pattern should be easy to clean and maintain
- The grooves should not be too deep that water could gather and remain there for a long time.
- The pattern, as well as its colors, should match or complement the look of the swimming pool and the whole exterior of the house.