Well, first, it’s impor­tant to ask, “Why would I need resur­fac­ing?” as well as “When.”

As plas­ter ages, the cement erodes (as shown above), expos­ing the mar­ble dust sand of the orig­i­nal plas­ter struc­ture. This rough sur­face is not only hard on ten­der bare feet, it can also trap fine dust and par­ti­cles, which makes the pool look even more discolored.

Resur­fac­ing requires drain­ing the pool in two stages to pre­vent float­ing the pool out of the ground, sound-testing the sur­face, prep­ping, and installing a bond coat, scratch coat and then the final plas­ter coat. For res­i­den­tial pool own­ers, whether or not to resur­face is typ­i­cally a mat­ter of aes­thet­ics and what you can live with. Often, the rough sur­face is just a nui­sance and pos­si­bly an eyesore.

While resur­fac­ing can be done any time of year, bear in mind that you will be brush­ing the sur­face twice a day and mon­i­tor­ing water for about 3–4 weeks, so be sure to sched­ule accord­ingly.  Also, you can com­pletely change the look of your pool by using dif­fer­ent resur­fac­ing tech­niques. If you’re curi­ous about resur­fac­ing, call us for a free con­sul­ta­tion and estimate.

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