Phase 10: Decking
Depending on what decking you picked (your contract choice), your sub deck is poured concrete with mesh and topped with either Kool Deck/Spray Deck, Patterned Concrete, Flagstone, brick, travertine, etc, or if you chose pavers, no sub-deck is required and the ground is prepared for a bed of limestone and sand to support the pavers.
Kool Deck/Spray Deck
For the Spray deck process, a natural concrete base will be poured and will need a curing period of 2 to 7 days, depending on the time of the year. Then an acrylic coating will be applied. This process usually takes about a day.
The process of “stamped” or patterned concrete creates a custom look similar to cobblestone, brick or flagstone. The process begins much like the spray deck process, but then a selected color and pattern is applied to the concrete base.
Natural Stone or Paver Decks
For stone decks, a natural concrete base will be poured, and will cure for 2 to 7 days, depending on the weather. Then the selected stone will be laid and the grout installed. Paver decks are sometimes finished with a fine sand rather than grout between the pavers.
Note: Landscaping and Fencing: Landscaping and fencing may not be in our original contract, however, whoever does your work should understand that fences are required to be a minimum of 42″ high with self latching gates out of reach of children as required by law in most areas. Fencing and landscaping must be in place prior to plastering the pool.
Note: Area drainage should be installed keeping in mind that a minimum ground slope of 1/2″ per foot is required for 25′ or to a positive water course. Uphill slopes should be drained with rock filled trenches covering perforated pipe. The next stage is plastering, but before plastering it is important that all projects which create dust, dirt, muss or smoke (such as raking, burning, gardening, etc.) be completed. Through it all, protect the coping and decking as it stains easily, and also keep debris out of the pool.