Q+ A: Repairing Concrete Pool Deck

We are planning to list our home for sale in the near future. We will, of course, open the pool before that time but we know that the cement around the pool is older (22 years) and is being to show signs of age. We have always power washed the cement after winter to remove stains and moss. There are no cracks, lifting or other structural problems but the aggregate is starting to show. We cannot replace the apron but wonder if you could offer a low-cost, attractive solution that we could maybe do ourselves.  Waiting anxiously for your reply. McGee 4-27-07

QUIKRETE has a concrete resurfacer product that is my choice for concrete that is basically solid but is aging and worn. For a surface that has significant holes and is delaminating, a sand mix with an acrylic fortifier is the next best alternative.
Resurfacer is easy to apply with a squeegee and can be mixed with a propeller mixer in a 5 gallon bucket. If you have a few holes they can be filled with the resurfacer mixed to a trowelable consistency.

If you need heavier repairs, a sand mix with QUIKRETE® Acrylic Fortifier will restore the surface and allow you to add a ½-inch to 1-inch topping with one mix. The sand mix requires a trowel finish, taking a bit more skil but will really do the job nicely.

Resurfacing over paint or other coatings can be tricky and require careful attention to properly prepare a clean concrete surface.  In both cases above, the key to success is good surface preparation.  All loose concrete, all paint, mold, mildew and dirt must be removed. A pressure washer with no additives is ideally suited for this job.  Be sure to hold the spray approximately 2 inches above the surface to get all deteriorated surface away.

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