Painting the pool patio is one of the easiest ways to get a dramatically different and new look for your pool. It’s also a relatively inexpensive option for pool renovation.
You can brighten the pool patio, cover over stains, and give your pool patio a modern look. The result looks almost as if you have an entirely new pool. While some people have the skills to make this a DIY job, it’s a little harder than painting a room in your house. Therefore, it’s good to take some time and make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you start.
Paint vs. Stain
First, it’s important to understand that painting your pool patio is only one way to refresh the appearance. You could also opt to stain your concrete pool patio.
Paint for your pool patio is the same concept as the colored liquid you apply to walls. It adheres to the surface of your pool patio, but doesn’t penetrate into the patio. The advantage of this is that it’s easier to remove it and return to a plain concrete look in the future. The disadvantage is that paint can bubble and flake off, especially if it’s not well applied.
Concrete stains penetrate into the concrete, creating a deep and long-lasting color. Because this coloration is in the concrete itself, it is highly resilient and will last essentially as long as the concrete if it’s properly cared for and renewed. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to remove. If you want to return to a plain concrete appearance, you will have to apply a concrete overlay. On the other hand, you can always paint over a concrete stain.
Concrete stains can be finicky, and getting good results takes some talent, practice, or both. If you want a stained pool patio, most people recommend hiring a professional.
Repairs and Cleaning
Before you start applying paint to your pool patio, it’s time to do any necessary repairs. Deal with chipped or cracked concrete before putting paint down. Patching concrete is not easy to get right. If you don’t have experience with it, consider hiring a professional.
It’s also critical to clean your pool patio before you start painting it. If you don’t clean it well, debris trapped under the paint can lead to early failure of the paint. Sweep, pressure wash, and even scrub your pool patio to make sure it is fully cleaned before you start. You don’t, however, have to worry about treating stains unless you’re using a light color paint and think it might show through.
There are many options to choose from when picking the paint for your pool patio. There are acrylic paints, polyurethane paints, and enamel paints, along with a few variants and blends. Enamel paints can last longer than acrylic, but have more fumes and are more difficult to clean up (you need to clean them with a solvent).
Don’t forget to consider options that can make your pool patio more comfortable and functional. Some pool deck paints are designed to make the surface cooler. Other times, you can add texture to the paint that will reduce the slipperiness of your patio surface.
Cautions and Concerns
Remember to make sure that the paint you choose is designed for a pool patio. Other paints are not designed to hold up under the special conditions at your pool patio. They might look good at first, but they won’t last.
Also, make sure you get enough paint to cover your entire pool patio. Check the coverage rating for all the paint you buy – some types of pool patio paint don’t cover as large an area as others. You don’t want to run out midway through the job and need to get additional paint later. Sometimes the colors won’t match, and other times you might not even be able to find more of the same type of paint.
Keep an eye on your paint. A hot, dry day might be a good day to paint the pool patio, but under these conditions, the paint might start to dry up faster than you expect. And while we’re at it, let’s note that you need to be aware of your own heat exposure. Make sure you’re hydrating well enough and not getting too much sun. It’s easy to overdo it.
Looking for a Professional Upgrade to Your Pool Patio?
While many people think nothing of painting their pool patio, we’ve seen many attempted jobs that turned out poorly or didn’t last. If you’re not fully confident in your ability to do this job right, it’s best to hire a professional to brighten up your pool patio with a fresh coat of paint.
At Allen Pool Service, we believe in making life easier for pool owners. If you’re looking for a simpler, hassle-free way to beautify your pool patio, we can help.
Please contact Allen Pool Service in Atlanta, GA today for a quote.