Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Club
This is the indoor pool deck of “The Neighborhood Club”, a non-profit community service organization, established in 1911, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Above are before and after photos, from near the main entrance, of the project we completed in September 2017 - an integrally colored, spray texture cement overlay of the original, 6"-thick, colored concrete.
The Neighborhood Club's new facility opened in 2013, but after only 4 years, the executive director and staff were concerned that the pool deck was unsightly, easy to gather dirt, and not slip-resistant. Above left, you can see cement discoloration and poor joint-filling. Photo above right shows the poor & inconsistent texture and heavy dirt build-up.
We ground clean the existing concrete, replaced the existing joint filler, and sprayed 4 texture coats of a caramel brown, polymer-modified cement overlay with a total thickness of about 3/16". The photos above show the transformation from the previous 2 photos: there is now consistent color and texture, and finely detailed edges, seams, and joints to the overlay.
Although you can't tell by looking at it, this spray texture cement overlay is protected by 2 coats of clear, water-based epoxy sealer. The epoxy sealer increases the durability of the overlay, enhances the caramel brown color, makes for easy cleaning and maintenance, and most important of all, provides a gritty, slip-resistant surface that is comfortable for bare feet.
Here is another set of before-after photos showing the dramatic transformation that was possible of the existing concrete. Polymer-modified cement overlays actually have greater compressive and tensile strengths than standard concrete, meaning that not only does the Neighborhood Club's new pool deck look much better, it is also much more durable than before.
While spray texture is a great option for renovating a pool deck, and adding a decorative finish, it is also a lot of work. The largest amount of our time on this project (see above) was spent masking off adjacent surfaces with tape and plastic, including the pool interior, border, depth markers, middle drain, walls, and all newly filled saw-cuts, joints and seams. Proper masking is not done by most contractors but is absolutely necessary for a quality and professional look.