1 After fighting with the thin pavers on the pool deck/patio for 6 years I gave up and decided to replace the pavers with concrete and an acrylic texture finish. The hope being that it would be easier to keep the patio cleaner (less smelly) because the older dog Bodee (RIP) peed all over the place on the patio/pool deck and the pee would just soak into the pavers and sand underneath.
2 Here's the patio after I removed the pavers. This exposed the acrylic finish I had had done a couple years before the pool was built (and the pavers were installed). This acrylic finish was very slick and would have been deadly slippery around a pool.
5 Lots of thin pavers! Don't ever let anyone talk you into think pavers unless it's over a poured concrete slab.
6 Roughing up the slick finish on the patio.
7 Cedric 'the Concretonator' and his crew pouring the concrete topper on the patio. We had to pour a topper on the patio to match the height of the pool deck,
14 Of course we had a torrential downpour right after the concrete was poured.
16 Since we were going to be pouring concrete on the pool deck, I decided to extend the driveway another 15' at the same time.
19 We waited 30 days after the concrete was poured for it to cure before the finish as applied to the concrete.