If you have a pool on your property, it’s no surprise if your place becomes popular all of a sudden over the Christmas holidays!
Old, rigid cement based pool paving surrounds are susceptible to cracking, water ingress and further erosion. Stone and Polyurethane are both waterproof, meaning StoneSet Permeable paving does not experience the same puddles, erosion and cracking. Read more!
A Bygone era of Pool surrounds
Typically, when home buyers acquire a property with a pool, they are looking at pavers or Pebblecrete surrounds. For most properties, the pool area has seen seen significant use over the years, with loose pebble or cracked pavers a result.
Pebblecrete and Pavers were popular through the 80s and 90s and these hard surfaces were chosen for their durability under harsh UV and chlorine / salt water conditions. They are also non slip which was one of the main criteria for safety in these areas.
Pebblecrete was one of the most popular pool surrounds and often matched to the interior lining of the pool for an overall natural pebble look. Pebbles were used primarily as natural stone compliments the outdoo area, in keeping with a relaxing outdoor environment.
Pavers on the other hand have always been popular primarily due to their durability and price. Being lower cost to lay than Pebblecrete and with a similar standard of non slip surface, pavers were often used instead of, or alongside Pebblecrete pool surrounds.
Cracking and loose stone
Pools surrounds need to take significant wear and tear. Considering 10+ years of UV, chlorine and Salt water exposure. Pool surrounds also take a beating from puddles and foot traffic.
“Just like a pothole forming, cement based finishes like Pebblecrete attract more and more erosion due to puddles, leading to more loose stone.”
Cement based stone like Pebblecrete suffer significant erosion over the years due to puddles and foot traffic erosion.
Whilst natural pebble stone is highly durable absorbing UV, any exposed cement will weaken over time. Just like a pot hole forming, puddles form in the areas that experience the most foot traffic. As shown in image below;
In other words, splashing and foot traffic happen at the pool in at time most erosion occurs.
Pavers are similarly durable as stone, they take the brunt of the UV and foot traffic. Whilst they don’t suffer the same erosion of the water-soluble adhesive like cement, they are prone to cracking. Once a paver or cement cracks, it quickly becomes prone to water ingress and further erosion.
“Whilst polyurethane does degrade with UV exposure, the sun’s rays don’t reach the binding polyurethane in StoneSet that is hidden BELOW the stone surface”
Cost of Pool paving alternatives
With StoneSet – One of the greatest cost advantages is there is no cost to removal or disposal costs of old paving. StoneSet can be applied over the top at a cost of approx $100-$150/sqm Supply and Installed + 10yr warranty for typical pool surrounds over 50sqm. This figure depending on your total area and suburb location – Please get a better estimate and product samples here
Today’s style of pool paving is slightly more sophisticated. People are still seeking the natural appearance of infinity edges, waterfalls and natural stone surrounds. Regardless, all pool paving surrounds should fulfil the following;
- Durable -UV, Chlorine, Salt resistant
- Attractive with choice of colours
- Suitable for bare feet
Some pool paving options to consider in this respect;
Porcelain Pool Pavers – Advantages due to lack of need to reseal the impervious surface.
Travertine Pool Paving – A more natural limestone texture, needs to be re-sealed often.
Granite Pool paving – A more premium option to travertine also requiring sealing maintenance.
Timber Decks – Less expensive however prone to ingress and warping. Need re-sealing and Merbau timber sustainability is questionable.
Artificial Turf – Great for looking natural. Lower quality colours can fade due to chlorine etc.
Stoneset avoids cracking
On top of all the bullet points above, StoneSet is ideal for Pool Surround paving due to its porosity.
Porosity – Non Slip, no puddles, no erosion, no attracting bugs / mosquitos breeding.
Waterproof Polyurethane and Stone – Being as simple as stone mixed with polyurethane resin, StoneSet’s resin bound natural stone surface has greater durability as pool surround paving than other options. Why?
Stone is Waterproof and doesn’t degrade with water exposure.
Polyurethane is waterpoof and doesn’t degrade with water exposure. Whilst polyurethane does degrade with UV exposure, the sun’s rays don’t reach the binding polyurethane in StoneSet that is hidden BELOW the stone surface.
All the above pool surround surfaces are rigid and/or are susceptible to water ingress and therefore wear over 10 – 20 years.
As the image shows below, cement is a solid mass of concrete with overlaid aggregate like pebble. Cracks tend to travel in solid rigid bodies, leading to more water ingress and destabilisation of the cement based adhesive or render.
“Cracks tend to travel in solid rigid bodies, leading to more water ingress and destabilisation of the cement based adhesive or render.”
StoneSet avoids the issue of water ingress and water erosion, . Unlike sand based cementatcious adhesives,
StoneSet’s blend of stone and polyurethane resin does a far better job of conserving and preserving it than concrete, due to its permeable nature.
Similarly pavers are a solid mass of rigid hard material. Resin bound stone can with stand this cracking as there is more flexibility in the multiple number of bonds that form between the stone. Flexibility is achieved as some bonds can break whilst keeping the surface appearance similar.
Profit from Pool paving
Consider you could go back in time to when the existing concrete or paving was laid 10 – 20 years ago. The area would have looked entirely new and inspired endless summer days relaxing by the pool.
Now consider any potential buyers of your current property. Would they look at your pool in the same way? Or must they consider the time and costs of remedial options for any cracked or worn areas?
When looking to sell a property, painting, both internal and external is one of the lowest cost, quickest, highest value improvements you can make before you sell. See the photo gallery below of a recent transformation of pool surrounds at the Central Coast in NSW.
Resin bound stone overlay is like painting for your pool surrounds – Considering any cost of removing pavers, Stone overlay is a high value, premium result which breathes the original life back into your pool area.
Here’s some great examples of Pools that will be looking their best these holidays, during their time of year when its time to shine!’