Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck

Project: Storm-Ready Design, Episode 10, Part 1

Bob is on the newly poured pool deck as Don Humphrey and his crew apply the Texture-Krete finish to the top edge and traffic area of the pool. The concrete is treated with a bonding agent before the cement-and-polymer spray coating is sprayed on in textured drops. A crew member knocks down the drops with a trowel as soon as the wet gloss starts to fade. This 1/16-inch textured finish is painted with an acrylic masonry paint, applied in two coats and sealed. This deck is cool and slip-resistant and is pitched toward a drain that takes dirty poolside water away from the pool. In the house, Leonora Campos from Toto is in the guest lavatory where the sleek, two-piece Washlet 6300 with remote control wash, dry, and deodorize settings eliminates the need for toilet paper and repeat flushing. These ultra low-flow washlets flush clean the first time, save energy, water, and trees, and are more popular in Japan than microwave ovens. In the garage, Ernie Hutto from DAB Garage Doors is on hand for perhaps the most important feature in this storm-ready house – a hurricane-proof garage door with reinforced panels and tracks to prevent twisting, blow-in, and ultimate house failure.
Part 1: Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
Don Humphrey is spraying a cement and polymer mix from Innovative Concrete Technology called Texture-Krete 2000 onto the pool edge and deck in Punta Gorda, Florida. He moves in a circular motion to splat the cement mix onto the deck. As the gloss begins to leave the spots, a crewmember follows behind to knock it down with a trowel. This removes the pointy tops but leaves a 1/16-inch stucco pattern to the pool deck to make it easy to walk on. The deck is cleaned and scratched to remove any rough points before Humphrey and his crew apply an acrylic paint to the textured deck surface. The key to a well-sealed surface is to roll the paint firmly into all the nooks and dips in the surface. Bob talks about the embedded deck drain set in the concrete that is pitched slightly away from the pool. Excess water and dirty deck water drains away from the pool and is carried off to the sides of the pool deck by the deck drain. Humphrey applies two coats of paint and a topcoat for protection. The deck can be maintained with gentle soap-and-water washing to prevent any white spots from drying chlorine on the painted surface. Humphrey says the paint should last three to five years before it is redone. One key to maintaining the surface is to avoid abrasive cleaners or power washing. Should any mold or mildew attack the surface, Humphrey suggests using a mild bleach-and-water solution to kill the mold. The oyster color the homeowners have selected should wear well and stay cool in the hot Florida sun.
Part 2: Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Part 3: Hurricane-Resistant Garage Doors