There is a new trend that is quickly becoming a well established alternative for Valley homeowners who are looking have pool remodeling done for their pool decks, patios and landscaping. Homeowners doing Gilbert landscaping to Scottsdale, Ahwatukee to Mesa and all towns in between are realizing what a great alternative specialized landscape pavers are when considering what materials to use to renovate their old worn out pool deck. If you’re not familiar with the term specialized artistic landscape pavers read on and learn how they are different from traditional pavers as well as traditional cool deck or acrylic deck coatings and why they are a better choice for people looking for pool remodeling for their pool deck or their patio; or even their entire landscape.
Pool Remodeling with Landscape Pavers in Arizona
Poured concrete with either cool deck or the newer acrylic deck coating has long been the standard throughout the Phoenix Arizona area. As these decks age, they crack and de-laminate (this is a fancy term for peeling off). Go look at your own or your neighbors pool deck and you won’t have to look hard to see the evidence of this. In the past, Phoenix area homeowners choices have been limited to either removing the entire pool deck, a very costly option since not only does the concrete need to be broken up and hauled off but most of the times the pool tile is damaged in the process and has to be repaired, or grinding off the existing deck coating and replacing it with one of the acrylic deck coating products on the market. Although, these newer deck coating products, usually called “acrylic deck coating” are superior to the traditional “cool deck” they too will eventually crack and de-laminate leaving you back in the same spot only a few years from now. Well enough of the bad news about the old pool deck options, let’s look at why specialized pavers are such a great option for your pool remodeling, patio and landscape.
Top Reasons to Use Landscape Pavers for Your Pool Remodeling or Landscape Renovation
There are 5 main reasons for using thin overlay landscape pavers for your pool, patio and landscape renovation. First, you don’t need to go to all the hassle and cost of removing the old pool deck when you are remodeling or resurfacing your pool. Second, you can correct any standing water or run off problems. Third, you can easily extend the pool deck or patio past its current layout and even join up two separate areas to create a great new outdoor living space. Fourth thin overlay pavers won’t crack or delaminate like traditional concrete decks. Fifth and maybe the most important of the five reasons, the new style that can be created with pavers.
Pool Remodeling or Landscaping with Pavers: Installation
Let’s take a look at the installation process. First, a bull nose coping paver is thin set in place at the water’s edge and then a matching tile is applied to the cantilever face of the deck. This not only gives a really nice look at the water edge but it also covers up the face of the pool deck so no old deck will show. Next a thin layer of mortar sand is laid down over the old concrete deck and the pavers are set on the sand. Finally all the outer perimeter of the deck area is thin set to hold it all in place. It’s during this process that any grading or drainage problem that you had on your old pool deck or patio can be corrected. By applying more or less sand to the concrete, the new paver can be pitched so water will run off as needed. You can also decide to extend the pool deck or patio beyond its current layout without pouring new concrete. By preparing the new area to be extended with crushed granite to the same grade as the existing concrete you simply extend the pavers past the old layout. Then the new perimeter is set in mortar. Finally the pavers are “sanded” which means brooming sand over the entire surface of the new deck. The sand will fill the very small lines between the pavers and lock all the pavers in place.
As mentioned above, one of the greatest benefit of installing pavers over old concrete or for a new patio is they won’t heave, crack or de-laminate. The overlay pavers are “floating” on top of the old deck and any movement underneath won’t result in cracks. At worst if the movement from expansive soils is bad enough the section affected will only have to be lifted up re-graded and reset.
Styles of Pavers for Pool Remodeling and Landscape Design
Finally and maybe most importantly is the great new style that can be achieved by using any of the popular choices of the specialized landscape pavers. The three most popular choices are Travertine, Marbella, and Artistic pavers. Travertine, a natural stone is available in many colors and can be set in a variety of patterns such as Herringbone or Versailles. Marbella, the coolest of the three choices and also a natural stone is also available in a variety of patterns. Artistic Pavers are a manufactured product made in Casa Grande that were primarily introduced to the Phoenix area because of the growing demand for an alternative to the traditional concrete pool decks. All three choices are also as cool or cooler on your feet as the traditional cool deck product.