What Is Pool Resurfacing?
If homeowners are looking to improve their pool, whether they want to replace their pool or remodel their pool, another option is to resurface the pool. Pool resurfacing is the process of preparing the existing surface for the application of a new surface and then applying that new surface. Pool remodeling contractors first prepare the existing surface by either chipping out the existing plaster surface, sandblasting and bond coating the existing surface, or hydro blasting the existing surface. Then, the contractors apply the new surface once the existing surface is properly prepared.
How Long Does Pool Resurfacing Last?
Like most construction or home improvement projects, the amount of time it takes to complete pool resurfacing varies depending on the type of existing surface, the type of new surface, and the size and condition of the pool. However, pool resurfacing usually takes about a week to complete, with some projects taking up to two or three weeks depending on weather and other time constraints.
How Much Does Pool Resurfacing Cost?
Pool resurfacing costs vary depending on a plethora of factors, including surface type, size, and condition of the pool. It’s impossible to give an average overall, but homeowners can expect to pay at least $6 per square foot for materials and labor. However, keep in mind that that’s just an average cost and depending on the materials needed and the extent of labor needed, this cost can vary greatly.
How Often Should Homeowners Resurface Their Pools?
Again, this is another “it depends” answer. Homeowners should resurface their pool as often as needed based on the surface material. For quick reference, we’ve put together a general guideline:
- White plaster surfaces: Homeowners should resurface every five to fifteen years.
- White quartz surfaces: Homeowners should resurface every ten years or so.
- Exposed pebble surfaces: Homeowners should resurface every fifteen years.
- Polished surfaces: Homeowners should resurface every five to fifteen years.
Different Types of Pool Surfaces for Resurfacing
Homeowners have a wide variety of options when it comes to the look and material of their new pool surface. Here is an overview of the most popular pool surfaces and their pros and cons.
Fiberglass Pool Surfaces
Fiberglass is a popular pool surface due to its flexibility and ability to resist shifts within the ground. When the contractor starts the resurfacing process, they will first make the surface as smooth as possible by sanding any cracks or chips, filling in areas, and reinforcing the surface where needed. Then, they will begin a multistep process to both apply and sand the resin and fiberglass coats.
Plaster Pool Surfaces
If homeowners wish to resurface their concrete pool, the most cost-effective choice is white plaster. The pool remodeling contractor will chip the old plaster out, which leaves the original concrete surface. Next, the contractor applies a bond coat that is topped with a couple of coats of plaster. The contractor can tint the plaster to match the homeowner’s preference in color. However, over time plaster reacts with the pool water, so homeowners should expect a bit more maintenance when it comes to maintaining the pool’s chemical levels. Additionally, some homeowners choose to add quartz or pebbles to the plaster surface to help improve durability and texture. Ask a professional at Specialty Pools to help explore the many options available with pool resurfacing.
Tile Pool Surfaces
Incorporating tile into the pool’s surface is popular, yet more expensive than other options. Tile is easier to clean than most aggregate finishes (such as the pebble plaster combination mentioned above), and it gives the pool a modern, upscale look.
Signs the Pool Needs Resurfacing
If homeowners are unsure if their pool needs resurfacing, they can call a professional pool contractor such as Specialty Pools in Phoenix, or they can watch out for these signs:
- Stains. If the pool seems to be gathering stains more readily, then it might be time to resurface the pool. Multiple difficult-to-remove stains are an indicator that the pool is due for resurfacing.
- Leaks. If it seems that the pool is leaking often, then it’s time to resurface the pool and ensure a good seal. This will reduce utility costs as well.
- Rough Texture. If no one in the family can enjoy the pool due to sore feet, it’s time to resurface the pool. Over time, the surface wears down and requires sanding and a re-application of the surface material.
The Pool Resurfacing Process
When homeowners call a pool contractor out to their home to resurface their pool, they can expect the process to unravel as follows:
- Drain the pool. First, the contractor will drain the pool.
- Prepare the surface. The second step involves sandblasting the existing surface and preparing it for the rest of the resurfacing process.
- Tile and masonry (if needed). If any decorative features are installed, they’ll be installed at this point in the process. This step includes any tile or coping.
- Seal the plumbing. The next step is to seal the pool’s plumbing to ensure the pool is watertight and prepared for the application of a new surface.
- Install the new pool surface. The next step is to install the new pool surface, which can take a few days depending on the materials used.
- Acid wash (if needed). Depending on the type of material used to resurface the pool, the next step of the process may involve an acid wash.
- Clean up and fill the pool. After the contractor installs the new pool surface, they will clean up the area and begin the process of filling the pool.
- Initial water treatment. The last step of the process involves treating the water to allow the surface to cure evenly.
How Can Specialty Pools Help?
As experienced pool contractors, the staff at Specialty Pools is qualified to answer any questions Phoenix homeowners have about pool resurfacing, pool remodels, pool designs, and more. Specialty Pools assigns a personal superintendent to every single pool build to ensure that their customers get the best possible customer service and communication from the beginning of the project to the end. Call today to get started on your new pool!