Cool deck questions in Arizona heat & sun


The original Kool Deck is a proprietary concrete/limestone surface treatment for concrete surfaces. The porous properties of the limestone in the mix allow the coating to take maximum advantage of natural evaporative cooling (the assumption being that the pool deck is usually damp/wet). When not wet, the "knock down" texture of the coating reduces skin to surface contact area so will feel cooler whether or not the surface temperature is actually cooler.

Any paint coating over this surface is likely to negatively affect the evaporative cooling properties. To truly retain the properties you have (if you truly have "Kool Deck"") and change colors, means removing the surface coating and reapplying the same or similar surface treatment.

This guy claims to have a product that does what you want, but I could never endorse it without a real world test. You could look into it...

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It’s that time of year in Arizona when we all stay indoors in the midday and come out, like the animals, when the sun descends. News articles are all about avoiding heat stroke (which is deadly). I didn’t give it too much thought until one of my yoga students had to go to the ER last week. She is an energetic 80-something who does lots of yoga and thinks she’s invincible. After being out with her dog a little too long in the morning, she was suddenly weak and dizzy and had to call 911. She spent the rest of the day in the hospital. So what can we do to not repeat her experience and still have fun in the summer?

Stay hydrated. Can’t emphasize that one enough. Not only lots of water, but add in some potassium chloride to your drink, especially if you’re a slow metabolic type. Commercial potassium chloride drinks like Gatorade and Vitamin Water have lots of artificial colors, flavors and other chemical toxins, so avoid them. Shaklee has a drink called Performance that has been...

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Cooler Kool Decks

We all know that the summer heat can be unbearable, and the concrete gets so hot you can’t walk on it. In fact, before I jump out of a pool, I grab my flip-flops. The Phoenix/Tucson summer sun will heat up any concrete surface, but a spray knockdown texture overlay in a light color will lower your concrete temperature significantly. Besides color, (beige’s and light grays are suggested) texture can also result in cooler surfaces, experts report. This is because textured concrete allows for increased airflow and can create small shadows that are cool. Also, heat bounces off irregular surfaces in greater amounts than it does off smooth ones. And if a barefoot person walks on an irregular surface, air pockets will prevent his or her feet from touching the surface completely. You can see why texture is a great choice for a pool deck. It is also is a beautiful surface for walkways, patios, and driveways. It may be applied to new or old...

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Posted By Jessica on May 25, 2017 |

During the winter months, many people eagerly anticipate the sunny days of summer. But, when summer rolls around, these same people are often busy looking for ways to cool off.

Getting outside on the deck or porch is an ideal way to relax and escape stifling indoor heat for many Americans. To make sure your outdoor living retreat is a cool oasis, consider these three tips to beat the heat:

1. Create stylish shade

While an umbrella or a roll-up sunshade provides a fast and easy way to block direct sun, they can quickly fade or become a dingy eyesore. A stylish alternative is to cast refreshing shade with a gazebo or arbor. With either option, you also can create a lush and fragrant grotto using climbing vines such as roses, clematis, wisteria or honeysuckle.

For a weekend do-it-yourself project, look for gazebo and arbor plans on popular social media sites like Pinterest or Houzz. If you prefer to have someone...

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Both water and concrete are insulators, so this cannot be the deciding factor. However, concrete has a specific heat capacity of ~3.3 J/g*K, while water has a specific heat capacity of 4.184 J/g*K, so, for a given addition of energy, a given mass of water will only increase in temperature about 78% as much as that same mass in concrete. Then, there is the fact that the surface of the concrete is all that has to heat up in order for it to feel hot (and indeed, this is all that is really heated much by the sun), while currents generated by heat gradients in liquids (such as water) ensure that the water will not feel as warm as the concrete, even discounting the disparity in specific heat capacity between the two.

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Posted by esparkWSI on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Are you facing problems of fading or cracking in your pool deck area? With the aggravation of summer heat, the damage will just get worse. You can easily repair cool deck in Phoenix, Arizona, but see below for some important information:

Phoenix Summers invite the scorching heat of the sun. From our skin to every surface, everything is hot, burning which means we avoid everything….

While sunrays fall straight on our heads, the hot patios, pool decks and sidewalks burn our feet.

The heat drives to the water and pools so we cool down however, often the burning pool decks aggravate our problems and prevent us from enjoying our patios and pools as much as we should.

The concept of kool deck was conceived by a Tuscan-based company named Mortex in 1962. This product is absolutely incredible when utilized over concrete decks in the swimming pool areas, walkways...

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Summer is coming. As the days get longer and the temperature rises, one thing becomes increasingly precious in our back yards: Shade. We want to enjoy our back yard retreats in the warmer seasons, and shady spots help us sustain our outdoor enjoyment.

Of course you could opt for a tried-and-true patio umbrella, but there are much more innovative and creative ways to create some outdoor shelter from the scorching sun. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below.

Tiki Umbrella Bar

What’s better than a patio bar? A tiki bar that offers a shady shelter from the sun with a sprawling thatch-work tiki umbrella! When you’re not cooling off in the pool, head to the tiki umbrella bar to cool off with an icy beverage.

Canvas Patio Awning

Simple, portable and elegant – a canvas patio awning provides a wispy, colorful accent ceiling to your patio while furnishing a wide area of shady shelter for relaxing. Place a few lounge chairs under the awning or even a...

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Beating the Arizona Heat and Get the Most Out of Your Portable Potty Rental

Arizona is probably best known for being a very hot state often having summer temperatures that exceed 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Natives of this great state have learned to cope with the high temperatures using a variety of tactics and are known to tell friends and family that “it’s a dry heat.” While this famous saying speaks to the different climate Arizona may have when compared to other hot parts of the country, it’s certainly not something that is usually said to describe the inside of a porta potty. In fact, the extreme Arizona heat can certainly make using a porta potty at an outdoor event a less than comfortable experience.

Many Arizona special events, such as the Phoenix Marathon or the Annual Arizona BBQ Festival, take place outdoors where the sun can warm the interior of a standard port-o-john to temperatures that may exceed the ambient temperature of the area. This heat can make...

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When the temperatures heat up in the Valley, many head north to escape the heat, but where is the coolest place to go?

Let’s start with a popular destination, Flagstaff. On average, in July, the afternoon high temperatures are 25 degrees cooler compared to Phoenix. To put it in perspective, the average high temperature in Phoenix during July is 106 degrees, while Flagstaff comes in at a cool 81 degrees.

While Sedona is also a popular place to go to escape the heat in the Valley of the Sun, it is on average only about 10 degrees cooler compared to Phoenix.

So where is one of the coolest places in Arizona to go to escape the heat? That would be Greer, coming in with an average high temperature for July of only 76 degrees! That is on average 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix.

Here are a few other northern Arizona locations, along with their average high temperatures during the month of July:

Grand Canyon: 86

Holbrook: 93


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Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Home Horticulture:
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Gardening & Landscaping in the Low Desert Contents:

This chart shows the dates that Sky Harbor Airport reached the first official 100 degree temperature from 1980 to 1996. For comparison, the chart shows the long term average 100 degree date. The earliest first 100 degree temperature was March 26, 1988. The latest was June 18, 1913. As the graph shows, only four of the last 16 years has the first 100 degree temperature equal to, or later than, the long term average.

In 1995, the first 100 degree day didn't occur until May 31. This was the latest first 100 degrees in over 15 years.

In our desert climate, heat causes more health problems than any other weather factor. Our soaring summer temperatures and low humidity can be a dangerous combination. Follow these rules to stay safe in the Arizona desert.

The heat wave of 1980 killed more than 1250...

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Solar thermal technology will now make our buildings cool. Hotel Star Sapphire in Dawei, Myanmar gets its air condition through dark glass tubes that change sunlight into cooling.

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The tubes are not typical solar panels that give us electricity, but they get heat from the sun to make buildings cool. This type of cooling is called solar thermal and energy experts believe that it can help meet global demand for energy.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that till 2100 the need for electricity driven cooling flow will become 30 times less than it was in 2000.

Solar thermal technology is getting very popular in the world,and it’s installed in several hotels, shopping centers and other buildings. There are 1200 solar thermal systems installed so far in different areas, according to Nature.

Manufacturing companies of solar thermal chillers use 90 percent less electricity than conventional...

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Sometimes there is nothing better than relaxing in your swimming pool during a hot Arizona summer day. However, the hot summer is going to warm up the pool water and is going to make it feel more like taking a bath than anything else. Because of this, you need to know how to cool your pool in the summertime and how to make it feel more comfortable. This way, you are able to enjoy the pool and it is going to allow you to hop in whenever you need to feel refreshed.

The biggest issue behind your pool not having a comfortable temperature is because the water is just sitting there all day and absorbing the heat. The last thing you want is for the water to sit still and not circulate with something cooler. The only way you are going to cool down the temperature in your pool (outside of actually installing a water AC unit into the pool pump) is to circulate it with something cooler. This can be done with the help of a fountain.

During the day, the fountain is going to...

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AZ Sun Decking

With the safety feature of a non-skid finish and the cooler than concrete temperature underfoot, AZ Sun Decking provides the solution to your resurfacing needs.

AEDC, Acrylic Emulsion Deck Coating, is the laboratory tested and proven concrete resurfacing material that has been applied on over 1 million square feet of new and old concrete pool decks, patios, walkways, coping stones and cantilever faces in a myriad of conditions. AEDC is not a paint film, but actually a colored concrete, having a basic combination of Portland Cement and silica sand combined with...

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GILA BEND, ARIZONA—Every afternoon during the summer, millions of people across the American Southwest come home from work and switch on their air conditioners, straining the power grid in states like Arizona. Traditional solar power—although perfectly suited to the sunny climes of this region—can’t meet this demand since the surge in use peaks just as the day’s sun is disappearing.

That’s why most power suppliers diversify, using electricity from different sources to meet local needs. Solar power is abundant in the middle of sunny, clear days, but energy from other sources—coal, nuclear, or hydroelectric power for example—is necessary at night or when the weather is bad.

But increasingly efficient technology is allowing solar plants to contribute for a longer period of time each day and produce energy even in cloudy conditions. The key is a design that allows them to store the sun’s energy to be used later. And new facilities, such as the Solana power plant that...

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It’s no secret that the heat in Miami can be extreme. Beating down on your deck, porch, or patio, the sunlight can make your outdoor spaces nigh uninhabitable in the daytime. Reclaim these outdoor havens from the sun and make them more enjoyable with these tips and tricks.

1. Fans and Misters

One of the most obvious solutions is simply to use some fans. Not only will they help the air circulate, which lowers the temperature, but they’ll create the feel of a pleasant breeze. If you have an enclosed porch you can use a ceiling fan.

Another alternative is to use misting fans, which feed a steady stream of moisture into the air. While misting fans are more effective in dryer climates, they still have a noticeable effect in hot, humid weather. Misting fans require both a power source and a water supply, which can come from either a garden hose hookup or a tank.

2. Umbrellas

Patio umbrellas can provide shade over your outdoor furniture, but they...

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Hey Reno, just saw this post. No hogwash, no samples. This was on a real deck, mine. We have old Mortex, and DH applied the Xcel in stages, in the blazing heat of summer. Used the old deck as a test ground. They did it in stages and left a test ground bare old Mortex. Base coat of bonder, texture coat sprayed and troweled and then top coat. All xcel products, one section of older xcel top coat and one of new xcel IR. The IR was cooler than the old Mortex or the regular xcel top coat to the touch, well feet, even the other day in 110 heat. Of course in 110 even the new xcel IR was hot, but not intolerable. I tried to test the temp with a meat thermometer, but the difference was only about 4 degrees and was in the sun anyway. We have used A @@@crete, S @@@ crete and even E@@@ crete, none were as cool, although not on the same deck and not at the same time. Hope this makes sense. I personally want stone, that will be a whole new post, better let him rest a while tho....

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To answer this question, we first need to understand what wavelengths of radiation are emitted through a Solatube® Daylighting System. Solatube Daylighting Systems utilize two technologies to eliminate ultraviolet (UV) radiation and reduce heat from infrared (IR) wavelengths entering the building interior.

The first technology is related to the domes. Solatube acrylic outer domes have special UV inhibitors designed to block 100% of UVB (280 to 315 nanometers), 100% UVC (100 to 280 nanometers) and 98.5% UVA (315 to 400 nanometers) rays.

The second technology is related to the tubing. Spectralight® Infinity Tubing transmits the visible spectrum of light (400 to 760 nanometers). A minimal amount of the infrared spectrum of light (above 760 nanometers) is transmitted by the Spectralight Infinity Tubing.

With this information in mind, the following subjects can be addressed.

Plant Growth

In conjunction with the above information, there are a few...

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My heat pump had shot craps. 15 years old and was shot.

Written on 5/15/2017 by Guest

I researched heat pumps for quite awhile. Liked the idea of this larger pump for my small 10,000 gallon pool. I called INYO with some questions. Since they are located in Florida I figured they would understand my Florida issues. They were quite helpful. When I explained that I only had one day off to receive the package they assured me their trucking firm would call and arrange. I ordered this heater from them because of three reasons:
1) Their price was the same as others (actually lower considering sales tax)
2) They knew the product and sounded knowledgeble
3) They accepted pay pal which helped my decision.

The trucking company called as promised. They arranged my delivery on my day off. They performed as promised.
The best feature of the purchase was the video I received from...

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Bed bugs can be horrible if they get into your home. You may not be able to keep them from spreading, and killing them all can be a huge and frustrating task. You need to use the best methods to get rid of them so that they do not spread and so that they never come back.

One method that you may be interested in looking into is killing them with heat. If you have not even heard of this method before, you certainly need to read about it and decide if it is right for you.

Dealing With It

Do not let these parasites ruin your life. Do not let them invade your home. If they are already there, you need to take all of the steps that you can to dislodge them from this position and kill them all. Killing them with heat is simple and effective, making it one of the best tactics that you can choose.

The entire process will be broken down below, including what you need to do, how much it costs, and when you should use heat instead of a different method to eradicate...

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Passive Cooling Basics The Energy Source Builder newsletter

A very good article that provides a simple method to allow you to determine which passive cooling techniques are best for your climate.

This article is based on the book "Sun, Wind and Light" (see below).

Be Cool -- Natural Systems to Beat the Heat,
Preethi Burkholder with Claire Anderson -- Home Power issue 108

Cooling Your Home Efficiently,
Claire Anderson -- Home Power issue 154.

How to get articles from Home Power ...

Home Power magazine article in issue 108 (Aug/Sept 2005)

Very good article on simple techniques to prevent heat gain and to provide passive cooling.

It includes a method to determine which cooling techniques will work best for your climate.

See also "Cooling Your Home Efficiently", Claire Anderson -- Home Power issue 154.

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