Pool and Spa Plastering and Restoration

Here’s a pool we ren­o­vated. This con­crete pool and spa has new tile, new plas­ter and a cus­tom stained deck.

 

 

Con­crete pools may have a less than stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion for being high-maintenance, but there are actu­ally quite a few advan­tages to using this mate­r­ial.  After all, because of two major advan­tages, they’re still one of the most pop­u­lar vari­eties of pools.  These are cus­tomiza­tion and durabilty.

Let’s first con­sider cus­tomiza­tion.  With a con­crete swim­ming pool, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the shape, size and design.  They also give you more lee­way for adding water­falls or some of the great rock fea­tures we blogged about recently.

The sec­ond big advan­tage is dura­bil­ity.  The risk of tears, stains or leaks is much lower in the case of con­crete swim­ming pools com­pared to vinyl liner pools.  This is why most hotel and apart­ment pools are made of this mate­r­ial.  Lin­ing your con­crete pool with tiles is a great way to add inter­est and match your per­sonal style.

Here are just a few main­te­nance tips so that you can get years of sat­is­fac­tion from your con­crete pool:

1. Keep­ing lined pools clean. Con­crete swim­ming pools either have a con­crete lin­ing or a tile lin­ing. Your concrete-lined pool has to be scraped with wire bris­tle brush to get rid of the dirt and algae from the floor and sur­round­ing walls. The best way to do this is to start on the shal­low side of the pool and work your way towards the deeper end. After the debris set­tles, use your pool vac­uum cleaner to clean it.

2. Keep­ing tiles clean. With tile lined pools, you need to occa­sion­ally scrub the tiles clean using house­hold tile cleaner. Chlo­rine is help­ful in remov­ing stains from con­crete pools.  Con­crete pools can be drained com­pletely with­out risk of col­lapse, this makes clean­ing eas­ier.  (Impor­tant Note: If you live in Ore­gon or Wash­ing­ton, con­sult with a pool pro­fes­sional before drain­ing your pool on your own.  It could float out of the ground if there is ground water below the pool… and this is a nasty prob­lem to solve.)

3. About pres­sure wash­ing. Although pres­sure wash­ing can effec­tively get rid of dirt, and clean the pool, it may cause peel­ing of the base of your con­crete pool. This is not com­mon, but use cau­tion. If your plas­ter is in good con­di­tion and not soft, use a mod­er­ate psi pres­sure washer and don’t blast the cement.

With a lit­tle atten­tion to these basic main­te­nance steps your con­crete pool will offer beauty and enjoy­ment for many years to come.  As always, give us a call with any ques­tions about car­ing for your con­crete pool.

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