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SUNDEK of Austin Beautifies Pool Deck & Playscape at a Community Nestled in Texas Hill Country

Westhaven pool deck

Westhaven’s pool area and integrated splash pad with SUNDEK’s Classic Texture coating.

When Joe Copeland of Construction Managers of Austin (CMA) began working on a project with a pool deck and playscape at the Westhaven community, 30 minutes from Austin, he contacted Scott Hubbard of SUNDEK of Austin. “When we’re working on a project with a pool deck, we contact them,” says Copeland, co-owner at CMA. “SUNDEK’s products are durable. They last years and years before you have to touch them up.”

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SUNDEK’s Classic Texture coating is more comfortable to walk on and stays cooler than plain gray concrete.

Benkendorfer + Associates had designed the layout for Westhaven’s gathering place: a resort-style pool and playscape connected by pathways. CMA, a construction management company who specializes in amenity centers and entry features, had the task of making it all come together. After the pool and structures were built and the concrete surfaces were poured, SUNDEK of Austin installed coatings on the pool deck and splash pad and applied color to the playscape.

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colored pool deck

Classic Texture can be combined with other SUNDEK products. Here, in tandem with their SunDye product line, SUNDEK of Austin was able to create a multicolored pool deck.

On the 10,000-square-foot pool deck and integrated splash pad, SUNDEK applied their Classic Texture coating. Classic Texture is the first product SUNDEK developed in 1970, and it’s renowned in the industry for setting a high bar for textured pool decks. In addition to being safer to walk on when wet than plain gray concrete, it’s also cooler and more comfortable. That’s why SUNDEK’s Classic Texture is perfect for residential and community pools, even in areas of the country that experience high temperatures in the summer.

Texas playground

Benkendorfer + Associates designed the playscape with specific colors in mind. Using the SunDye Exterior product, SUNDEK of Austin was able to color match to meet the color requests for this project.

From the pool area, Westhaven residents and their guests can wander to the nearby playscape. For the concrete strips that line the play area, Benkendorfer + Associates designed them to have a striped pattern with specific alternating colors. To color the concrete, SUNDEK used their SunDye Exterior product—a translucent, UV-stable dye that’s formulated to penetrate both indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces. Although it comes in standard colors, you can combine colors to create limitless options.

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An aerial view of the playscape (left) and pool area (right) in this Westhaven community gathering space.

For every project SUNDEK works on, the color selection process is different. Often, clients will ask SUNDEK for advice on colors. “Sometimes clients have ideas for color schemes and we give our input about what would look best,” Hubbard says. For this particular project, though, Benkendorfer + Associates had preselected colors for both the pool area and playscape, and Hubbard and his crew were able to do color matching with SUNDEK’s SunDye line to create the desired colors.

Leading up to the agreed-upon completion date, rain delays created a time crunch at the end of the project. But since SUNDEK is often typically putting the final touches on projects, they’re no stranger to juggling and rearranging schedules to meet deadlines. Even with delays, SUNDEK of Austin was able to install the pool area coating in about 4 days, and it took them about 3 days to apply color to the playscape. This quick turnaround meant the Westhaven community was able to open their pool area and playscape for residents in time for their grand opening.

CMA has done work with SUNDEK of Austin for more than 15 years now, and Copeland has nothing but positive things to say about SUNDEK. “They go above and beyond,” Copeland says. “They are there when we need them, and they do exactly what we ask them to do. In the construction world, they’re a rare breed.” It’s been two years since the project was completed, and Copeland says that everything has held up great and still looks beautiful, noting: “The clients are ecstatic about it.”

Project location:
Westhaven
1201 Gaelic Drive, Georgetown, TX

SUNDEK products used:
Classic Texture (pool deck and splash pad)
SunDye (playscape)

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Stained Concrete Floors – Ideas to Take Them to a New Level

Stained Concrete Floors over a Tuscan overlay

Stained Concrete Floors over a Tuscan overlay

On their own, stained concrete floors have a rich and sophisticated look. For that reason, it is common for both home and business owners to choose them over other decorative concrete solutions. Whether going with a water- or acid-based stain, using products like SunH20 or SunAcid, respectively, there are ways to achieve a high level of sophistication.

Sundek SunDye Concrete Stain

Sundek SunDye Concrete Stain

Before going over a few options, remember that the initial look you achieve varies depending on whether you opt for a water-based stain or one with an acid base. For instance, with water-based stained concrete floors, you have a much broader range of colors, especially bold and vibrant ones. In comparison, an acid stain offers fewer colors, but it results in a marbled effect that looks stunning.

  • Finishes – A skilled installer or contractor can create almost any color finish you want. As an example, if you have a home in the mountains or a casual retail store, you could have your floors colored to look like actual hardwood. Using different colors, you could even create the look of a specific variety of wood, whether mahogany, pine, oak, or something else.
  • Textures – Texturing stained concrete floors is yet another possibility. In this case, the expert would use different tools to give the color a unique texture. Not only does this change the overall appearance, but it can be dramatic or subtle.
  • Slip Resistant Aggregates – You can even choose to have aggregates added to the sealer of stained concrete floors. Something like tiny sand is a perfect way to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that also makes the floors slip-resistant.
  • Colors – While a lot of people stick with a single color, whether using a water- or an acid-based stain, you can increase the level of sophistication by choosing several colors. An expert can incorporate more than one color over the entire surface or create interesting design elements by segregating the colors. Either way, everyone will envy your floors.


Pool Decking Safety in Round Rock – How to Choose the Right Concrete Overlay

Pool Decking in Round Rock Texas

Pool Decking in Round Rock Texas

Owning a home with a built-in swimming pool makes summer months more enjoyable for everyone. Especially on scorching hot days in Austin, a dip in the pool is the perfect way to cool off. As you know, it is critical that you take all the necessary precautions to keep family and friends safe. For instance, to prevent small children from entering the pool area, you need fencing with a locked gate.

When it comes to safety measures, some are more obvious than others. As for the pool decking at your Round Rock home, injuries occur for two primary reasons. First, both adults and children slip and fall. While no one should ever run around the pool, even walking on a wet surface poses the risk of injury. The second issue is that when temperatures soar, the decking becomes hot to the touch, which can burn the soles of your feet.

Improve Safety with Spray-On Textured Acrylic Overlays

To enhance the safety of the pool decking at your Round Rock home, both Classic Texture and SunSplash are perfect solutions. Both of these products are spray-on textured acrylic overlays that increase safety. They also can give your pool deck an entirely new look thanks to masonry effects, custom score cut lines, and aggregate effects.

Pool Decking in Round Rock Texas

Pool Decking in Round Rock Texas

Another benefit of using the right product for the pool decking at your Round Rock home is the ease of cleaning and maintenance. You can even choose from a broad range of colors. For instance, you can create a subtle or sophisticated look or choose a design with more artistic flair. By combining several colors, you have endless possibilities.

For the ideal outdoor living space, it is essential that you select a superior-quality product. In addition to the pool decking at your Round Rock home, you can change the appearance of other surfaces, such as a patio, walkway, and driveway.


Garage Floor Coatings – Tips for Selecting the Right System

Garage Floor System

Garage Floor System

Are you tired of spending time in a garage that looks and feels drab? Do you want a new garage floor system that will add some personality to this part of the home yet stand up to daily use and abuse? By knowing what to look for in a flooring solution, you can achieve both goals.

For starters, you want to choose a garage floor system capable of resisting issues like oil, grease, chemicals, stains, impact, hot tire marks, abrasions, and more. When you consider all the different things dropped and spilled on these floors, it has to have unique qualities. The wrong coating or finish would deteriorate quickly, which is what you want to avoid.

A long-lasting flooring solution is imperative. Unlike the floors inside your house, those in the garage take a beating. Although a professional installer can complete the project in just one to two days, you only want to go through this process once. Resale value is something else to consider. You and any future owners of the house will enjoy a floor that lasts a long time.

You should think about the cleaning and maintenance aspect of a garage floor system as well. Especially if you use the space to park more than one vehicle, motorcycle, or bike, and you use it for working on hobbies and special projects, you can expect it to become dirty relatively fast. By selecting a product like SunEpoxy 100, you can keep your garage floors beautiful and functional with nothing more than sweeping. For big messes, you can hose the garage out.

There are also different colors, textures, and patterns to incorporate into the design of your new garage floor system. Because these characteristics vary from one type of coating to another, make sure you select a product that offers what you want. In many cases, you can even choose more than one color, texture, or pattern for a one-of-a-kind look.


How to Hire a Concrete Contractor in Pflugerville

Outdoor concrete coatings for upscale design
Outdoor concrete coatings for upscale design

The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies to many different things in life, including hiring a concrete contractor from Pflugerville. When it comes to decorative coatings like Tuscan and SunStamp, it is imperative that you hire the right professional. The last thing you want is to have someone work on your project only to discover after completing the job that he lacked in both experience and expertise.

Before you turn any project over to a concrete contractor from Pflugerville, ask these critical questions.

  • Are you licensed and insured? – Never hire a decorative concrete contractor from Pflugerville unless he meets all three of these criteria. With a license, you know the contractor has the appropriate training to mix, embellish, pattern, and apply the coating or finish of your choosing. As for insurance, that provides you with protection should the contractor or a member of his crew sustain an injury or cause damage to your property.
Concrete Rejuvenation Around Pool Deck
Concrete Rejuvenation Around Pool Deck
  • Can you show me photos of previous jobs similar to mine? – As they say, “talk is cheap.” You want visual proof of the contractor’s capabilities, which comes in the way of high-definition photos. Remember, an expert is eager to show off the work performed and therefore, will never hesitate to provide you with as many photographs as you want.
  • Do you have referrals? – With referrals, you have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with past or current customers. Not only does that give you insight into the quality of work, but also how the team behaves while on the job.

How long have you worked as a contractor? – Whether a concrete contractor from Pflugerville runs his own business or works for a reputable company, you have every right as the potential customer to learn about his history in the industry. That does not mean a relatively new contractor would do shoddy work, just that the more experience an individual has, the better chance of surpassing your expectations.