RE-SEALING (AND CREATING) PEBBLE DECK FLOORS
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Pebble decks around pools and patios have different names in different parts of the country. Pebble stone decks need recoating every 2 - 5 years (sooner if you hired a contractor to do it and they 'cut all sorts of corners' to maximize their profits - the reason why a majority of people reseal their stone decks themselves). If you see loose pebbles and stones you are past the time you should have resealed the deck with new epoxy. You cannot re-seal in hot summer temps. You also need a window of several rain/dew free days before and after application. Water on freshly applied epoxy (from rain or some "under the epoxy" source will turn the epoxy white and there is nothing you can do about it. The best temps to reseal are the 70s. You can, however, glue back down the loose stones and other general repairs while waiting for cooler weather. The same epoxy is used, so off-season repairs will give you some experience on what to expect with the epoxy (a good thing) - before buying gallons of epoxy that you don't know much about.
The epoxy you use for repairs and resealing is our Basic No Blush epoxy and optional split rollers. You can still repair a few loose stones and reseal everything, but do not delay much longer. Lose enough stones the then entire deck will need to be removed and replaced. A 1.5 gal kit of the Basic No Blush epoxy will re-seal about 200 sf.
Visit our pebble stone deck page which is mostly about re-sealing, but the bottom of the site also includes the CORRECT way to create a new pebble stone deck (most contractors and on-line videos skip important steps out of ignorance or to increase their profits. It looks great up-front, but doesn't last). In parts of the country contractors are forced to cut corners (cheat) in order to stay in business with corner cutting competitors and hot summer weather. They win, you lose. That is why a lot of people switch to resealing their pebble decks themselves.
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"Just finished using your No Blush Epoxy on our stone/pebble pool deck. Used
four 1.5 gallon kits for about 800 sq. feet. The rollers you sell for this are
the way to go. I used 3 for this job and should have ordered a 4th to be safe.
Power mixed 1.5 gallons at a time and used an oversized paint roller an(1
gallon) and a standard size one. With 2 people we were done in 11/2 hours. The
weather was overcast and 62 degrees and had not trouble at all. Looks great and
hope to get 3 or 4 years out of it here in Ohio. The stone was laid 3 years ago
and am interested to see the comparison. Great product."
FOUR YEARS LATER KEVIN DID ANOTHER DIY RECOAT - HERE ARE HIS MOST RECENT COMMENTS
(5/2010) "Wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the No Blush (summer
version). Just finished doing our pebble pool deck and it came out great. The summer version gave us more time
to roll on the product and not feel rushed. I highly recommend the split rollers. Our deck is around 850 sq. ft.
; we used 4 of the 1.5 gallon kits and 3 of the split rollers The split rollers worked great, just make sure that
you keep them wet and don't over roll the stone so that the roller has little to no epoxy on it. It took us around
2 hours including power blowing the deck surface. The temperature was around 75.
Really a simple project if you plan ahead. Used a 3 gallon plastic bucket to mix the batch using a battery powered drill and mixing device attached. Clean-up was easy. We used old plastic bags to take the roller off and dispose of them.
By the way, the quotes to do our deck (825 sq. ft) ranged between $850 to $1200. Also they all were using standard rollers for epoxy and not the foam split rollers you sell. The amount of epoxy used by the contractors to recoat was only 2 to 3 gallons versus the four of the 1.5 gallon kits you sell. People need to be sure if they have it done there is enough epoxy being used by the contractors to settle into the gaps with the stone to get a good sealing.
SPECIAL EPOXY ROLLER APPLICATION ROLLER (OPTIONAL)
These thick foam rollers are used to apply epoxy to pebble stone deck surfaces. The vert. splits (looks like someone sliced the rollers with a knife) help to keep the epoxy evenly loaded as it is rolled over rough surfaces (such as a layer of pebbles). Nine inches long - standard roller size! No required, but very popular! (under "misc. or accessories" in our 2 online stores) - Order Rollers and Basic No Blush epoxy from our Simple Online Store.
USER ROLLER COMMENTS:
"I ordered the No Blush product and some of the recommended split rollers. We waited for a 3-day no rain forecast and even though it was a warm 72-degree morning I had my wife mix small batches while I applied the No Blush without any hardening problems and we finished the job in a couple of hours. The key thing was the split rollers. They hold and apply the epoxy much better than any standard roller. I ordered (4) rollers... "
(5/2010) "Wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the No Blush... I highly recommend the split rollers. Our deck is around 850 sq. ft. ; we used 4 of the 1.5 gallon kits and 3 of the split rollers The split rollers worked great, just make sure that you keep them wet..." (note the 2010 date - we have been doing this for a long time!)
"I am very happy with my recent purchase of the No-Blush Pebble Re-coat product. The split rollers were exceptional." Jack 7/18
Note: as long as you keep fresh epoxy on the roller it will last and not 'harden up" - If you stop or keep too much epoxy for too long on the roller it will harden up very quickly. --- be sure NOT to order the "short nap epoxy rollers" --- order 1.5 gal kit of Basic No Blush per 200 sf of resealing. Must glue down any loose stones first with same product before resealing. Apply in 'perfect weather" - mornings in the 70s - no rain in sight for several days.