Pool renovations – like any renovations – can take a lot of time and money. This is especially true when a big job like resurfacing becomes necessary. Pool surfaces are often made up of complex mixtures of sand and cement. While these mixtures are comprised of simple components, once they harden, they can be very difficult to repair. Resurfacing them can also prove to be a tough job to take on, and very costly for homeowners as well, especially if homeowners are solely looking for aesthetic improvements.
So, without any further ado, let’s dive into all the different things to take into consideration before making final decisions. Knowing more about a project before taking any large steps can help reduce overall costs and time invested in installation and fixing any mistakes that get made.
What is your pool’s surface currently made of? Depending on the material type, cost can come into play. Hard concrete surfaces mixed with sand or plaster can prove tough to break up and remove if you’re looking for a full resurfacing job. Anything can be removed, of course, it’s just that some materials are easier to remove than others.
Another thing to take into consideration is what kind of materials you’re looking to replace your pool surface with. You might be surprised by the difference in price between two materials that look quite similar to one another. Differently colored sand and concrete can vary wildly in price, and the same can be said for any stone or tile work you might have been looking to have done.
Knowing more about the materials that currently occupy your pool will help tremendously in the resurfacing process. Identifying exactly what kind of surface you’re dealing with will make any consultation with professionals that much easier. The same goes for the materials you’re curious about. We recommend at least familiarizing yourselves with different material types before seriously consulting anyone for help.
How Often Should I Resurface My Pool?
Now if you’re a pool owner and you haven’t been planning on resurfacing your pool anytime soon, we have some surprise news for you: You might have to.
Luckily, these days resurfacing isn’t too much of a hassle. The entire process usually takes around one to two weeks, depending on external factors like weather conditions, materials required, and the intricacy of the resurfacing job. Elegant designs can be implemented even in this area of pool ownership, but they might take a little more time.
A big part of maintaining a pool is ensuring that all facets of it are functioning properly, and depending on material type, your pool could need resurfacing every few years or so. White plaster surfaces need to be replaced every 5-15 years, while exposed pebble surfaces might last 15-20 years and need little to no maintenance at all. So what kind of pool are you working with?
Prevention is Key to Saving
Regardless of material type, it’s a good idea to have your pool checked out every few years. Qualified pool professionals will search out and identify signs of damage like leakage, cracks, flaking, and structural weaknesses. Bringing in outside help can also serve to prevent future damage from occurring. After all, maintaining and renovating apool can be quite an expensive endeavor, but it’s even more expensive if the pool isn’t being maintained properly.