All homeowners dream of having a pool, and when they finally get one, they don’t always know how to stay on top of their pool maintenance. In time, the surface begins to wear and tear and you have to decide whether pool resurfacing is needed. A damaged or worn pool surface becomes susceptible to algae and cracks. If you think that it’s time to resurface your pool, you’ll be glad to know that it doesn’t have to be a difficult endeavor. You might be able to do most of it by yourself, although you’ll need some help.
Here are some pool resurfacing tips for homeowners:
Make sure your pool really needs resurfacing
First of all, make sure that your pool actually needs total resurfacing. You might be able to get away with making minor repairs. If the chips and cracks are small, you can use an epoxy or putty product to fill them. Use a paint roller to smooth over the area. Let it dry before refilling the pool. Even if the pool does require a total resurfacing, you will still need to smooth the surface with a patching kit. Apply a bonding layer to the surface so that the new plaster bonds to the surface.
Make sure you know what you want the new surface to be
Decide on the material you want for your new surface. These days, plaster can be mixed with materials such as quartz or pebbles. Classic plaster is the most affordable option, although it doesn’t last for nearly as long as other plasters. Choose colors that will complement your pool and house. You’ll need to have the old plaster torn up. It can be a long, tedious process, so hire a professional like us to handle it for you. We will use the proper equipment to break it apart and remove it. We will also make sure to tear out every inch of the old plaster and drain all of the water out of the pool and turn off the electricity to the lights and equipment prior to starting.
Make sure the new surface is applied correctly
We usually break the pool up in different sections before we begin applying the new plaster. Depending on how many people we have working on your project we split the pool up into sections accordingly. Everyone involved wears special boots with spikes on the bottom to keep from making footprints in the plaster. The very first coat is referred to as the “scratch coat”. It is used to fill in the nicks and voids on the bottom of the pool. We apply one coat at a time and make sure that each coat is completely dry before applying the next. If you are doing this yourself, after each coat is finished, throw a few pebbles or coins into the pool to see if they bounce or stick. If they bounce, then you know it’s time to apply the next coat.
Timing is everything when resurfacing a pool
The new plaster should never be prepared until it’s time to put the next coat on. A good plaster will last for about an hour before it becomes unworkable. It is extremely difficult to mix plaster together by hand, so a power mixer is most often used to prepare the mix. They can easily be found at a hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowes. Each coat should be approximately 3/8 inches thick. Never overwork the plaster, or it won’t dry with a smooth finish. Pool resurfacing typically requires three full layers: the scratch coat, main coat, and finishing coat. Once the top, finishing coat is dry, and everything looks smooth, the pool can be refilled with water.
These tips should help you get started with your pool resurfacing plans. Resurfacing a pool is a huge project and one that we recommend you allow a professional to perform. We have done hundreds of resurfacing projects and can help you to complete yours. Just give us a call for a free quote at (954) 547-7300. You can also request a free pool resurfacing quote on our site and we will call you back to discuss your project.
You can also read more about our pool resurfacing process on our pool resurfacing page.