When you own a pool, you know about the regular maintenance needed to keep it clean and running. But, besides routine maintenance, your pool may also need some special treatment as the years go on. As with anything else, pools experience a good amount of wear and tear even when they’re not used year-round. Therefore, it’s important to address issues with your pool before they become ones that get bigger and more expensive. Pool resurfacing falls into that category. When you have an in-ground pool, you may notice that over time, it’s not as smooth as it used to be. This could be one reason to resurface your pool, especially if you start to notice cracks. This can lead to leaks and other structural problems if not addressed right away.
Other people choose to resurface their pool to change the look of it. Either way, pool resurfacing is a process that needs to be taken care of by experienced professionals you trust. Let’s take a closer look at pool resurfacing and what it entails.
As the name suggests, pool resurfacing involves removing the old plaster off your pool and replacing it with a new surface. Pool resurfacing can be done by changing the plaster or by choosing a new material. Many people opt for a different material when they want a new look.
If you have a plaster finish, it should last you between 8-10 years before you would need to get it resurfaced. But, if there’s excess wear and tear or leaks, you’ll need to get it resurfaced before then.
This is why it’s important to keep up with regular pool maintenance by a professional. A professional usually notices small leaks and cracks before pool owners. They know what to look for and can alert pool owners before it becomes a bigger problem. At Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance, our technicians know what to look for during a weekly pool service that may signal the need for resurfacing.
Besides helping with leaks, pool resurfacing can help pool owners avoid algae and bacteria in their pools. When you have plaster in your pool, you need to be careful of pitting. Pitting makes it hard to clean your pool, especially when the pits get bigger and darker.
Another reason why people get their pools resurfaced is that when plaster breaks down it can leave a chalky residue in your pool that can build up over time. When this happens, people often turn to pool resurfacing to get a fresh look.
Pool resurfacing usually takes about 5-7 days to complete if the weather cooperates. Some projects could take longer if technicians hit an unexpected snag. When you get your pool resurfaced, you can expect the following process:
The pool can’t get resurfaced if there’s still water in it. The pool needs drained, and all pool equipment should be turned off. A pump is then placed in the pool to remove the water.
Any old material will need to be stripped away to make room for the new plaster or whatever material you’re replacing it with. Sandblasting is often required for this step, which can get noisy.
Once the water is out and the pool is ready, it’s time for the resurfacing to begin. The new plaster or whatever material is being used to resurface the pool will be put in.
The plumbing will need to be sealed once the resurfacing is done. Be sure that it is watertight to avoid any leaks.
One of the last steps of the resurfacing process is putting the finishing material down. This will seal everything and get your pool ready to get new water. After the water is filled, it needs to be treated before you can enjoy your resurfaced swimming pool.
There are several options for pool resurfacing. It depends on the look you want to achieve.
Plaster is the most popular material for pool resurfacing. It’s the cheapest of all the choices out there. The pool gets resurfaces as white cement and white aggregate are mixed. It’s is smooth and has a great texture.
Quartz gives your pool a fancier finish. It allows you to tint your pool any color you want. This is done when the aggregate is applied either to the concrete mixture or to the top of the concrete. This results in vibrant color. Quartz lasts longer than plaster which is one of the reasons why it’s more expensive.
Pebbles are also used for pool resurfacing. Once you choose the pebbles you want for your pool, they are added into the concrete or placed on top. Pebbles give your pool a unique look and are known to last a long time. They are also low maintenance.
If you’re looking to get more information on pool resurfacing, contact Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance. Let Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance take care of your pool resurfacing project, review all of the steps and explain how the process works. We can also help you choose a finish for your pool.