Tile pool coping is what separates the pool wall from the pool deck and normally takes the form of concrete tiles. These are often accompanied by regular tiles to provide a decorative trim and to help distinguish the edge of the wall and the pool deck. Unfortunately, it is common for this pool coping to become cracked or otherwise damaged. The good news is that pool deck crack repair is relatively easy. In this post, we’ll take a look at what this work involves and how to go about getting your pool back to full health!
Damage to Pool Deck Coping
The first step is to assess the pool deck damage and to decide if you really need pool deck crack repair. Take a look for cracks and keep in mind that having a single cracked tile is not necessarily a problem. Only when you have multiple cracked coping tiles should you start to worry!
Look as well at the caulking in the expansion joint to see if there are any signs of failure. If so, you want to remove the caulking around the cracked coping tile or tiles.
Tools for Repairing Pool Deck Cracks
You will need a masonry chisel as well as a baby sledge hammer in order to carefully remove the cracked tile. It’s also a very good idea to invest in a pair of protective eye goggles and gloves to avoid any potential accidents.
Pool Deck Crack Repair Steps
Okay, so now you are going to use the chisel to careful remove the tile. Following this, you want to chip out any old mortar that might have been keeping the cracked tile in place. Clean out this pocket so that you can see what you’re doing.
Once the coping tile is fully exposed, you can then begin to inspect the beam for any cracks or deformations. If you notice any large cracks, then you should get in touch with a pool repair service as this can be indicative of a more serious problem. Otherwise, you can try to repair the beams yourself.
Finally, you just need to set the new tile and apply the mortar mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the mortar has dried, you can then use a trowel to flatten it. Grout the joints around the edge (except for the expansion joint), caulk the join and you’ve finished your own pool deck crack repair!
Inground Pool Coping
There are multiple different types of inground pool coping ranging from catilevered concrete coping, to natural stone coping and brick coping. Each has a slightly different process for carrying out pool deck crack repair, so you need to ensure you know which type you have before getting to work.
If all this sounds a little daunting, then consider getting in touch with All Florida Pool & Spa Center. We can handle all your pool deck crack repair needs and will be sure to finish the work to a superior standard and for a highly competitive fee.