How do I maintain my pool deck rubber surface?

Rubberized pool decks are great. They are cooler than concrete. They are slip resistant, and they often add a great look to the pool surface due to the many color combinations available. And let's not forget that if anyone were to fall on the surface, it would be a lot better than falling on concrete or pavers. However, any pool rubber surface does need maintenance. If you don't maintain the surface, you will start to see granulation, and then cracks and holes. 


damage to pool deck rubber surface


As seen in the picture above, holes can be very small. Sometimes too small to notice. If not tended to, these holes will become bigger and too expensive to repair. Ultimately, a new recap will have to be considered. We recommend you patch any hole with a poured in patch kit as soon as you can. The most important thing you can do though to save your pool rubber deck is to rebind it before you even see the holes. Rebinding is the process of introducing the same binding agents your pool surface had when it was brand new. It's a version of these binders that can seep into the gaps between the EPDM granules and bind them together. The rebinding process is very simple and anyone can do it. First figure out how many 5 gallon pails of Rebinder you will need. Each pail will cover about 1500 sf. Then make sure you have a nice warm and dry day to rebind. Blow off all the loose granules with a powerful leaf blower and then use a pain roller to coat your entire surface. 

recommend rebinding whenever you do a a shuffle test and you can easily dislodge the EPDM granules that make up your swimming pool rubber surface. If you are on top of this crucial maintenance program, you pool deck surface will last a long time and you won't have to engage in costly repairs.

As always, if you have any questions about how to maintain or repair your pool deck rubber surface, please give us a call at: 203-659-0456 or email us with pictures at