Pool Resurfacing to Bring Back the Beauty
If you’re starting to notice blemishes on the surface of your swimming pool, it might be time to have it resurfaced. Pool resurfacing will restore the luster and add to the overall appeal – and safety – of the pool.
Pool Works Pools & Spas of Auburndale, FL, would like to share a little information on the ins and outs of pool resurfacing.
When to consider pool resurfacing
Either you or your pool technician can take a close look at your pool’s surface. Do you see cracks or chips? Is some of the material crumbling or falling away? For colored surfaces, do you notice areas of fading or discoloration?
These and other surface problems in their early stages don’t present a danger or indicate major damage. But left unaddressed, the problems will worsen, detracting from the beauty of your pool and possibly causing safety risks to swimmers, who could be scraped or cut on rough surfaces.
What deteriorates a pool’s surface?
Under “ideal” conditions, a pool’s surface will hold up and look good for between 10 and 20 years, depending on the type of surface material and how it was applied. A big factor in the lifespan of a pool’s surface is how well you keep corrosive factors under control.
Your pool water should be treated with chlorine to reduce bacteria and other contaminants. However, high chlorine levels can cause damage to a pool’s plaster, lining, and cover.
Tree debris and grass
Leaves and grass contain tannins and acids that can mar the surface of a pool by causing a pH or alkalinity imbalance in the water. (See below.) Additionally, leaves bring phosphates and other contaminants into the water, eating up the pool’s sanitizer and attracting algae.
Pool water that has a low pH and alkaline level, as well as low calcium hardness, can stain the pool’s surface. By scheduling regular visits from your pool technician, you can avoid this problem.
Resurfacing the pool
When it’s time to resurface their pool, most people go with a white finish, simply because it looks fantastic. But there are other options, including brown, gray, blue, green, and other shades.
The most economical resurfacing option is a basic pool plaster, also referred to as marcite and whitecoat. Made from cement and marble dust, the material is mixed with water and a bonding agent and then sprayed onto the pool’s surfaces. Trowelling the surfaces afterward ensures a smooth, even finish.
Other popular types of pool surfaces
Quartzite is sand that’s been coated with a ceramic material. It makes a very hard surface and is quite resistant to deterioration caused by chemicals.
Pozzolans are additives that help to preserve a pool’s surface. They’re mixed with the plaster, resulting in a smoother and more durable finish.
River pebbles also can be added to the plastering materials to provide an attractive visual and enhance surface durability.
Can you do it yourself?
If you understand the pool resurfacing process and have the tools and skills needed for the job, resurfacing a pool is something you can do on your own. But if you don’t feel comfortable with this sometimes-complex job, it’s best to let your pool company handle it.
Pool resurfacing in Florida
Pool Works is ready to help with all your pool resurfacing and repair needs. We also provide regular maintenance services to keep your pool safe, healthy, and beautiful all year long.