Every now and then a pool may need to be resurfaced, tiles replaced, and other related services may be needed. It’s pretty easy to tell when tiles need to be replaced—they start falling off. Tiles can last a while due to the acid washing process but the rest of the pool can start cracking or causing other problems and it’s time to resurface (usually every 8-10 years or so).
A green pool probably just means you need to readjust your chemical levels, scrub the tile, or do an acid wash but if a pool gets harder and harder to clean every time you have a good clean it could be time to resurface.
Etching starts to occur after around 10 years. The pool surfaces will look off-colored from normal (usually grey, yellow, or brown patches). These stains can be removed sometimes but it’s not a guarantee to restore your pool to its previous luster.
Types of Surfaces for Pools
There are two main types of surfaces for pools; exposed aggregate and pebble surface. The exposed aggregate refers to the way the concrete is laid. When resurfacing for this type of pool a layer of concrete is removed to expose the concrete with aggregate and then the outer layer is replaced. It’s durable and most people like the look and it allows for some levels of customization as far as colors and patterns go. Pebble surface pools have a smooth plaster mixed with white cement and crushed marble. It allows for a hard but smooth surface and the pebbles come in many colors. It’s very stain-resistant and durable so it’s a popular option. Other options such as fiberglass and vinyl also need resurfacing periodically.
Remembering what your pool looked like when it was freshly installed can help you decide if it’s time to resurface. Large cracks, holes, and imperfections may lead to structural damages such as leaks so resurfacing is both a visual and safety concern. If the pool doesn’t look good it may start to cause problems structurally or you may find yourself injured by loose chunks of concrete.
Reliable Pool Resurfacing Services
If you can’t tell a difference in how often you’re having to clean your pool and it looks clean and intact you may not need the pool resurfacing after 10 years, but ask a professional because they may see something you don’t. You see this pool all the time; a technician doesn’t so they’re likely to catch something you didn’t see as a big deal. Catching small issues before they become huge problems is our job, so call Pool Daddy and ask if you need a resurfacing performed (if you’re noticing problems or if your pool has been installed for more than 8 years or you’ve gone more than 8 years without having it resurfaced).
As with any large pool project, find out if you’ll need any special permits involving sewage, water filling, and more. Pool Daddy can help you figure out who you need to call before undertaking such a large project.