Best Concrete Stains For Pool Decks and Patios

By Joseph Scaduto | Decorative Concrete Reviews

Mar 31
Best Concrete Stains For Pool Decks and Patios
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Concrete finishings for concrete pool decks and patios are becoming more popular. Personalizing pools and patios are a great alternative to traditional decor. Not only do they add value to your home, but they also add color and style.

Can you stain the concrete pool deck?

Absolutely, there are a variety of stains you can choose from for your concrete pool decks. The three most popular ideas for your home are antiquing concrete stain, penetrating concrete stain, and stencil staining using acid. Antiquing concrete stain is a finishing technique that gives colored concrete an older feel and it uses spray-on, quick-drying stains with a multitude of colors to choose from. The penetrating stain is a weather-resistant stain that gives natural stone vibrant, deep colors. For concrete pool deck decor, you can use acid-based stain color in conjunction with stencil to create personalized touches for your home. If you're looking for great design ideas for your pool, pin ideas from Pinterest, and create your pool deck portfolio.

When picking stained concrete, you should pick something that works for your home and your budget.  Staining concrete can be expensive but a great way to save money is by shopping online and doing it yourself. Generally contractors will charge between $10-$25 per square ft of space for staining and overlays. Check your area code because Amazon gives free shipping orders to customers who buy more stained concrete products. Just put the items in your shopping cart menu, pay for your order through your account, and get free shipping!


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Should I paint or stain my pool deck?

There are many things to consider before you decide to paint or stain your pool deck; the porosity, the coat as well as the longevity of paints or stains. Both paint and concrete stains create beautiful variations of colored concrete but have distinct differences. Paint coats the top of the concrete making the paint susceptible to wear and tear whereas stained concrete is absorptive leaving your pool deck flawless for a longer period of time. The advantage of using paints is that it can be an inexpensive DIY contest with the family and you don’t have to outsource help. Wear and tear of the paint can be eliminated by using a concrete sealer over the paint. Two great sealers are lastiseal lastiseal stain sealer and acrylic sealer.

There are two types of concrete stain: acid-based and water-based. The advantage of these techniques is that they give more variety when it comes to decorative concrete ideas for pool decks. Acid stain concrete creates a stamped concrete effect where it resembles stone, wood, and a plethora of other patterns, textures, and colors.

Overall painting or staining concrete depends on what type of decorative concrete color you are looking for. Before embarking on this venture, look for trial kits design ideas that can give you a sense of what your perfect scenario and color should look like.

What is the best concrete sealer for pool decks?

A concrete sealer is essential for protecting pool decks after staining. Sealers protect stained concrete from water damage, dirt from everyday life, salt, and other contaminants. There are two main types of sealers:film-forming sealers and penetrating sealers. Film-forming sealers like acrylics form a film or coating on top of the stained concrete and are more susceptible to wear and tear. This means that they are expensive to maintain and need to be reapplied frequently. Penetrating sealers like siloza-tex 8500  have a long lifespan and do not wear easily. The sealer used for the concrete around your pool deck will vary based on the different techniques that were used and the location. For example, indoor and stamped concrete and water-based stains are better suited with film-forming sealers like acrylic sealers. An exterior concrete pool deck with a swimming pool that has saltwater or acid stains are better suited to penetrating sealers like Siloza-Tex 8500 sealers. Siloza-Tex sealers are slip-free finishing that protects your home from water damage, pitting, and cracking.

There are many different types of sealers that can seal the concrete around your home. If you have finished your stained masterpiece, make sure to seal it to keep it looking timeless. Before deciding on your all-time favorite sealer, make sure to use autocomplete results and use of cookies to optimize your Google search results.

What is the coolest pool deck surface?

The coolest pool surfaces are pool Cool Deck coating, Acrylic Lace, and Marcella Pavers. Choosing an exterior concrete, cool, pool deck for the summer can be stressful especially for those that do not know much about the topic. But my god, is it nice to have your pool deck be cool in the summer. There are many products that lower pool surfaces during the summer months. For a stamped concrete pool, Kool Deck is a spray-on product that you spray on any concrete surface that reduces the temperature of the concrete pool deck. The best color to choose is white because it reflects heat. Acrylic laces are altered concrete overlays that dissipate the heat coming from the sun. They come in a variety of colors but utilizing a lighter color will reduce the temperature even more. Marcella pavers are a type of natural stone that really diminished the temperature of your pool deck. The porous nature of the stone is non-slip, cool, and is great for different staining techniques if you would like more vibrant colors. We did a full review of one of the cool deck products we tested from amazon below.

Cool Pool Deck Coating

Easy To Install



Long Lasting


  • Easy to apply

  • Cost effective

  • long lasting


  • can get very thick and might need more than expected

  • Only works on concrete


Personalizing your pool deck and patios is a great way to add color and style to your home. If you need any more advice on concrete pool decks and patio staining please don't hesitate to reach out. You can also call us (Floorshields) for more information. 


About the Author

Joseph is a professional floor installer that has been in the resinous and epoxy industry for many years. Joe was certified to install epoxy floors by xtreme polishing systems in Florida and runs infinity epoxy floors in long island.