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A pool patio adds a special touch to any backyard. The pool patio or deck also serves an important purpose. The patio offers room for people to get into and out of the pool and gives non-swimmers a place to relax. Nothing spices up a summer day like an outdoor kitchen and pool. Fire up the built-in grill, have a delicious meal, and relax in the pool.
Unfortunately, pool patios aren’t impervious to damage. Here are the signs it’s time you considered a pool patio remodel.
1. General Wear and Tear
Every patio deck eventually gets some general wear and tear. This can cause several issues and shouldn’t be ignored. Cracks and gaps between pavers let dirt, bugs, and leaves onto the patio. These elements damage the pool patio and make it hard to clean the pool. Plus, they attract bees and other stinging insects. Cracks and gaps between the pavers also create trip hazards that can lead to falls and other accidents.
When your pavers are consistently crooked or uneven, it’s time to rebuild the patio deck. Pavers that are uneven make it difficult for your deck to drain properly. Water pools in low spots, making it a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.
2. Tripping Hazards
Having tripping hazards paired with the normal slipperiness of a pool is an equation for an accident. If your pool patio has become a haven of tripping hazards, it’s time to call in the patio and driveway repair people to take a look. Tripping hazards not only cause accidents and injuries, but they can also cause expensive lawsuits.
Too many tripping hazards also mean that your deck or patio might not be up to code anymore. It’s important to remember that a pool patio isn’t just a place for you to relax. It’s an extension of your pool. If it doesn’t adhere to safety standards, you’re risking disaster. Too many gaps and tripping hazards in the patio deck make it difficult to protect swimmers from accidents. Too many cracks and gaps in the pavers open the door for catastrophic injury if someone is hurt because the deck was too unsafe.
3. Slipping Hazards
No matter how good your backyard patio ideas are, water is a slipping hazard. That’s why public pools have all those rules over not running near the pool. Even so, there are patio options that can keep slippage to a minimum, like certain paver materials.
If you’re finding your patio has become more slippery overtime, it’s a problem. Slipping hazards lead to accidents and injuries. To make sure that your patio isn’t a slipping hazard, it’s important to have it fixed before you put swimmers in the water. A slip-resistant pool area is the best way to prevent accidents and keep everyone safe.
It’s also important to remember that some areas need more maintenance than others. A pool deck that has spent too much time outside might be rough in some areas. It’s important to use the right sealant on your pool patio so it doesn’t continue to deteriorate and become a slipping hazard.
4. Poor Drainage
Every pool needs good drainage. The same applies to your pool patio. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the pavers themselves can cause water to pool in places that it shouldn’t. If you have cracks or gaps in your patio, they might be causing water to pool there. It’s important to always check this before anyone steps foot on your patio so you can repair the gaps and cracks.
It’s also important to make sure that the pavers you choose have good drainage on their own. There’s nothing worse than not having the proper drainage in your patio area. A pool with poor drainage will over time start to rot and become damaged. This is a situation you do not want to encounter if you own any pool features.
5. Sinking or Leaning Pavers
The last thing you want to see when looking at your pool patio is sinking or leaning pavers. You need to keep an eye on your pavers and make sure they are not sinking into the ground or leaning over on each other. It’s a good idea to check the pavers once a month during periods of heavy rain and under heavy traffic conditions.
If your pavers are sinking, they’re going to end up doing some damage to the concrete around them. This leads to cracks in the concrete and sinking as well. What you can do is remove the sunken pavers, tamp down the dirt underneath them so it’s level and add new pavers over top of it. The best way to check for leaning pavers is by checking the outside corners of your patio.
Is it Time to Remodel Your Pool Patio?
One of the great things about living in a sunny area like Florida is that you can keep your pool and outdoor kitchen open all year round. This also means that your pool is more susceptible to the damage that leads to a pool patio remodel.
Count on US Brick and Block to be there to help with your remodel. We know the ins and outs of a pool patio remodel and we get the job done correctly— so you can go back to enjoying your pool to the fullest!
- Seasonal maintenance is important – maintenance reduces the need for repairs and pool patio remodels
- Re-sanding helps with appearance and weeds
- Sandblasting helps with tough stains
- Sealing services can stop future damages