Keep Your Pool Deck Beautiful
Fading Concrete Color is the #1 issue homeowners run into with a stamped concrete pool deck. When properly installed, even the best-looking colored concrete will fade over years of direct weather exposure if not properly maintained.
Over time, especially if the concrete goes unmaintained for several years, the concrete loses some of its topical color once the sealer begins to break down. Yet, with proper initial sealing and adequate scheduled maintenance, your integral color and topical acid stain will not fade or peel.
Is the Concrete Pooldeck Starting to Show Wear?
If you know that your Concrete Pooldeck has not been sealed for several years, there is a simple test to conduct to help evaluate the state of your concrete: Get it Wet! This is the first step a professional concrete designer will take in order to evaluate the state of the concrete sealer. In effect, if the concrete color looks good wet, your issue is only at the surface level and may be remedied with a new seal.
Depending on weather exposure, most Acrylic Concrete Sealers last between 2-3 years before re-application is needed. If the color of your concrete is satisfactory when the concrete is wet, you most likely just need to seal the concrete using a High Quality Concrete Sealer. Keep in mind that it is important to know what kind of sealer was originally used if possible.
To avoid an undesirable chemical reaction, Solvent Based Sealers should be resealed using a solvent based sealer, and the same goes for Water-Based Products. If your concrete was sealed with polyurethane, the entire surface must be scuffed or abraded before another coat of polyurethane can be applied. If you attempt to re-coat without sanding first, the new sealer will peel right off the concrete. No fun!
I Don’t Think The Color Looks Good Even When It’s Wet!
Two things may be happening here, and luckily we see this all the time so Direct Colors developed Liquid Colored Antiquing Stain to work in both instances. Either your concrete color is fading and needs to be refreshed, or you never liked the concrete color in the first place. Typically the latter case results from contractor error at installation, or stylistic inheritance from a previous owner. Direct Colors engineers our Antique Stain so that it will renew stamped and textured concrete even if it has been previously sealed—the color flows into the lowest parts of the stamp impression, adding natural looking highlights. Our easy-to-maintain Antique Stain also works fabulously on smooth or broomed concrete, resulting in a rich, solid color appearance
How to Apply Antiquing Stain
Liquid Colored Antiquing Stain is always sprayed from a Fence and Deck Sprayer. The key to success with this product is to shake it very, very well before pouring from the container, and continue to shake it periodically during application ensuring the product remains in solution at all times. The application itself is then very straight forward. Spray even coats that saturate the concrete until the desired color is achieved.
Which Concrete Sealer is Best For Outdoor Concrete?
The Solvent-Based Satin Acrylic Sealer is Direct Colors top choice for outdoor concrete. It works great in conjunction with concrete stain and it’s a safe, non-slip choice for most patios and pool decks.
The Most Important Thing to Remember Is…
Maintenance will determine the longevity of your Concrete Pooldeck’s Color. From Direct Colors perspective, we want to make this step as easy as possible for homeowners, which is why we formulate our fast-acting and easy to use, Liquid Colored Antiquing Stain. Once the concrete is clean and dry, you simply spray down the product and allow 6-8 hours of dry time before sealing. There’s no additional cleaning or rinsing in between.
With homeownership, it’s rare to get something completed so quickly—using Antiquing Stain ends up being more like basic yard maintenance than concrete work. We love all the color options too.
Are There Any Exceptions to Applying Liquid Colored Antiquing Stain?
Yes, concrete stamped and accented with powdered release at the time of installation can sometimes become a problem a few years down the line, especially if left unsealed for a while. The powdered release, usually darker than the concrete itself, flakes away leaving an unsightly speckled pattern behind. Unfortunately, repairing the damage using an antique stain is sometimes only a temporary fix and the problem often continues.
So what can be done? First, power wash the concrete to remove as much of the loose colorant as possible. Sand those areas where significant color loss has occurred to prevent more damage and apply the Antiquing Stain to the dry, clean concrete. Properly preparing the concrete prior to application and sealing with a high quality concrete sealer will reduce the chance of future damage.