How to create a cool pool deck surface
The sun is out, the weather is scorching and your pool deck is HOT! - What can you do? A hot pool deck can be a real pain. If you walk on a pool deck with your bare feet and it is not the right material or color it can cause some serious pain.
Many pool deck companies promote "cool pool decks" or "heat reflective pool coatings" but what exactly does that mean?
We all know that darkers colors attract heat and lighter colors reflect it better, but the word "cool" is really relative. Compared to a dark wood, dark stained concrete or dark natural stone a relatively light colored pool deck coating is quite cool. This does not mean is will be cold or be a lower temperature that the environement this is simply not possible.
Concrete pool deck coatings often found over top grey concrete finishes are designed to keep the deck cooler that many other finishes by providing a textured finish that disperses the heat on your feet and should be combined with a light color.
After comparing a variety of pool deck finishes it is the concrete coating that is the coolest. Not to say it's cold but relatively speaking it is the coolest deck of all these options.