It’s time to resurface your pool if it’s becoming rough to the touch, has staining, chipping, flaking, or showing signs of wear and it’s hard to manage your water chemical balance. As plaster ages and becomes more porous, pool chemicals migrate to the steel rebar used as structural support for the pool, which often causes rust spots to appear and algae blooms become almost impossible to get rid of. In short, your pool becomes a maintenance nightmare instead of an enjoyable asset.
Pools need replastering more often today because plaster materials have changed. In the past plaster mixes included asbestos fibers to improve the initial application and strength. Plaster of this type could look decent for up to 20 years before having to resurface.
The new traditional plaster is composed of white cement mixed with limestone or marble sand.
How do you know if your pool needs resurfacing?
If you have “popoffs”. Popoffs are where the old surface is delaminating from the next layer down. It could be the original pool surface or from a previous resurface.
If you have rubouts. Rubouts are where the pool surface has rubbed off down to the previous layer. It means that the current layer is getting thin.
If there is alot of staining or discoloration. This can be caused by alot of different things, plant/leaf materials can stain the surface, metal objects left in the pool can cause staining, and even chlorine can “yellow” a pools surface over time.
There are 4 types of pool resurfacing:
Plaster, which is also can be refered to as Marcite. It is traditionally white but now comes in many other colors as well. Plaster has a very soft, smooth “buttery” texture and is very durable. A new plaster surface will give you 10-15 years of good service in residential use and 5 to 8 in commercial, depending on chemicals used and maintenance done. Plaster is usually the least expensive resurfacing option
There are other types of replastering materials such as quartz and pebble but they are more commonly used in residential pool resurfacing.
We take regular plaster material (Marcite) and add a small amount of quartz material to make the plaster stronger and last longer. It comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors, that can subtally enhance the color of the pool. It is not as smooth as the straight plaster. But, when cost is an issue this can be a good option especially in commercial applications.
Full Quartz Resurface is a premium blend of crushed quartz, marcite, and mineral based pigments. Natural quartz is one of the world’s strongest minerals.
Pebble finishes come in an enormus variety of beautiful colors and can be from micro pebble to larger pebbles. You can even mix and match to create your own unique color! It is not as smooth as the plaster but it is smoother than the quartz and easily lasts 25 or more years in a residential setting.
Epoxy Pool paint is a budget friendly option when the pool is in very bad shape and the cost of the other surfaces is over the budget. It is recommended for newly sandblasted surfaces, rough or discolored plaster. You may also convert rubber-based pools to epoxy for a more “ceramic” like finish. It also inhibits the growth of algae and resists common pool stains.
Swimming Pool Tile Replacement
Over the years, pool tiles, just like the surface and other parts of your pool exposed to sunlight, will begin to suffer fading and damage. Giving your pool a tile face lift will do much more than just improve its appearance.
If you’re living on a tight budget – we understand! We offer 2 levels of tile, one regular solid color tile and an upgraded more modern looking tile.
Please do not hesitate to explain your budget to us. We happily work with people in every budget category. If this is the case, we can assess the damaged tiles you are seeing in your pool. Sometimes, if your pool isn’t extremely old and doesn’t have a ton of damage, we can make repairs to the tiles that are cracked or that have water spots.
In some cases, we can replace only the tiles that are badly damaged, but this depends on the style of tile you currently have. If we can match it, we can repair tiles that can be salvaged and replace any that are damaged too badly to be saved.
If you have an older tiled pool, you’re probably also seeing some grout erosion between your tiles along with cracked and fading tiles. If you catch the grout erosion early enough, we may be able to simply re-grout your tile. However, if your grout has been eroding for several seasons, you are likely to have had water soak in behind your tiles. This means that you will need a complete tile replacement.
If possible, we recommend that our clients time their tile replacement to coincide with the replastering of the pool surface. The reason for this recommendation is because it is more cost effective and you only have to drain the pool one time.
Whether your pool is experiencing the very beginnings of tile damage or if your pool is decades old and needs a completely new set of tiles, Aqua Clean Pools will work with you to make the necessary repairs so that your pool is looking good and is safe for everyone.
How do you know if your pool needs new waterline tile?
1. If it is falling off. If the tile is older or original to the pool it may be that the “glue” holding it on is just not able to hold it on anymore, or it could have just worn away.
2. If it is broken or discolored. Broken tiles can also be a sign that the thinset “glue”, is just not holding anymore. Discolored tiles can be caused by tanning oils or sunscreens, dirt or calcium buildup.
3. If its just outdated. Outdated is… well just outdated, and there are many, many new styles to choose from.