Existing Kool Deck want to replace
We would like to extend and improve the rather ugly deck that was on our house when we purchased it. It has huge, thick 4 foot posts and top rails that literally block the view of the view of the backyard and pool. To watch the kids in the pool, I can only sit in one spot and even then I can't see the whole pool. At the same time we want to replace/spruce up the "decking" around the pool.
I've done a bit of research on the internet and in these archives. To my dismay I learned that what I thought was a layer of concrete flaking off is in reality Kool Deck. On top of that I learned that (some? maybe not all?) Kool Deck has asbestos in it and therefore must be removed by a professional. Sounds like $$$$.
Can we just put something over it? But what would be stable? I really do not like (read: hate) the look of the Kool Deck so I would rather not just paint more Kool Deck over it. And if we put something over it then it would be higher than the coping and would just be awkward. We plan on taking the deck out as far as we can (in wide step down areas so as to avoid having to use rails for safety) and still use the pool cover in the winter. The pool has about a 3 foot Kool Deck covered concrete decking around 3 sides. The Kool Deck actually covers all of the concrete in the whole back yard from the gate at the fence to around the pool. The last side would be covered with mostly the deck ... I hope.
Should I just resign myself to Kool Deck for what we don't cover with the deck?
Any and all ideas are welcome ... well, except selling the house and moving ... oh, and filling in the pool with dirt. :)
Oh, we live in the Charlotte, NC area if that makes a difference.