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FYF Corp. Pool Decks in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and Blue Hill

FYF Corp. - Stamped or Decorative Concrete Pool Decks

One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a decorative concrete pool deck—an inviting, multipurpose area surrounding the pool where people can entertain, sunbathe or just hang out when they aren’t doing the backstroke. According to statistics from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, we actually spend more time on our pool decks than in the pool itself. Of the 7.5 million or so people in the continental U.S. who own pools, only 24 percent use them primarily for swimming. That makes the pool deck even more essential as an element in swimming pool design.

Decorative concrete has opened the door to creating pool decks that complement the exterior of the home, meld with the outdoor environment, and replicate traditionally more expensive materials such as slate, stone or even wood. Pools are becoming more specialized with a stronger emphasis on aesthetics, transforming the pool and backyard area into a mini resort with lighting, sound systems, spas, waterfalls and fountains. Today’s space-challenged backyards have also led to a trend in smaller swimming pools, enhanced by leisure areas that extend the indoor living space.

While a pool deck may essentially look and function like a patio, it has unique requirements for slip resistance, sun reflectivity and orientation. Use this site for guidelines to designing a concrete pool deck that suits almost any setting, budget and lifestyle, whether you want to entertain, keep cool, exercise or create a peaceful water-themed oasis.

Resurfacing an Existing Concrete Pool Deck

Concrete overlays are growing in popularity for covering existing pool decks. If your deck is in relatively good shape (no major cracks or heaving), a concrete overlay may be the best choice for you. Even with some damage, some contractors can repair and in other ways improve an already existing deck. It is best to contact us to determine what shape your deck is in and what option is best for you.

If you want to spruce up your deck or are simply tired of the boring, gray look of concrete, then consider resurfacing it. Resurfacing products can be sprayed on or troweled to most surfaces. They can be used to add color, texture and slip resistance. Some resurfacing systems also work for stamping or stenciling an existing surface so you can get the look of imprinted stone or other materials without the hassle of removing and replacing your concrete.

Other benefits of many overlay systems include resistance to damage from salt, pool chemicals, UV exposure, and freeze-thaw conditions. Many systems are also quick drying so your deck can be improved in very little time

View Considerations
The location of your pool will play a vital role in how comfortable you are while outside sitting on its deck. Orient your pool deck to take advantage of surrounding views both within your property and outside the pool area. Here are some tips for optimizing your pool deck:

•While it seems logical to design your pool deck with seating and activities between the house and the pool, this is not always desirable. This places the house at the backs of those enjoying the pool. A view of a striking, architecturally desirable back of a home may be more aesthetically pleasing than looking at a backyard fence or view of a neighbor’s home.
Pool Deck Layout

•If your home faces striking natural views, such as mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, or sunsets, then accentuate that view with the deck orientation. Seating and activity areas should have the home at the back so that they are facing outward towards the view.

•If your deck is surrounded by unsightly fencing or other unwanted views, consider how you can screen or orient the deck to minimize them. Make sure the unwanted view is placed behind seating and activity areas so that you are facing away from the sights. Consider installing fencing or landscaping to create backdrops that block the unwanted view.

Back yards, especially concrete patios, are being transformed into luxurious extensions of the house. They're the new favorite room to relax, entertain, and cook. And the heart and soul of the backyard resort area is the concrete patio.

The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, which recently held its annual tradeshow and exposition, says the growth of the outdoor living phenomena is the result of North America's interest in 'cocooning,' the trend toward a more casual lifestyle, an aging population and the popularity of porches, decks, and concrete patios in homes. Concrete patios, sometimes referred to as cement patios, provide the perfect sanctuary for outdoor living spaces because they are often connected to the house and blend the interior with the exterior living areas. For example, homeowners can match the stone facade of their house by installing decorative concrete to create a stone patio without the expense of installing traditional individual stones. With stamped concrete, homeowners can get the look of flagstone, brick and many other patterns when stamp patterns are pressed into freshly poured concrete.

The swimming pool industry sees that trend, too. In fact, pools are getting smaller and are playing a less dominant role in the back yard.The Pool and Spa Institute says the pool is just one amenity – an increasing number of homeowners are going all out with outdoor kitchens, furnished seating areas, fireplaces, decorative concrete patios, pizza ovens, elaborate water features, and more.

Homeowners want to enjoy their homes, but they also see upgrading their back yards as an investment. Creating the look of an authentic stone patio, slate patio, or cobblestone patio is more economical to install using decorative concrete, and adds value to the home.

With FYF Corp. Services of Ellsworth, Maine you get more than a strictly residential contractor, and you will have priceless peace of mind knowing that the concrete Construction in your home incorporates the strength and safety you would usually only find in a commercial project.

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