A majority of people with yards have the desire for a pool to enjoy during the warm Canadian summers. Having a point of relaxation in their own backyard is a massive asset to any home! What people don’t always realize is that it takes regular maintenance to preserve a pool’s condition, this includes resurfacing.
So, what is pool resurfacing and how do you know when to get the pool resurfaced?
What Is Pool Resurfacing?
Pool resurfacing isn’t a term you hear too often. First and foremost, resurfacing a pool usually comes in two forms: It can either be done with fiberglass or plaster. Whether you own an above ground pool or an in-ground pool, it may need to be resurfaced a couple times in its lifespan, although this in no way will be a frequent expense you have to budget for often.
Resurfacing your pool includes a number of techniques and corrections. Filling in cracks and correcting chips in the surface of the pool is often necessary over time. This is part of the resurfacing process. Old plaster or concrete might even need to be blasted out and reapplied with new materials and then bonded and sealed with special products. Fortunately for homeowners, this isn’t something you have to approach on your own – Pool professionals are well versed in dealing with resurfacing issues!
A skilled pool technician will typically sandblast the old materials away so that they can smooth the surface and add new materials to get the pool back in tip-top shape. They may make use of not only fiberglass or plaster, but sealants, fillings and bonding substances designed specifically for the use of pools or water. Even small pebbles might be added to the materials to create a sparkling effect.
How Do I Know When to Resurface My Pool?
Resurfacing your pool is often suggested every 15 to 30 years for fiberglass, or 3 to 7 years for plaster or concrete surfaced pools. Nevertheless, this depends on your pool’s condition. The surface of the pool wears over time, creating rough areas, cracks, chips and the pool begins to get even harder to keep clean. It may also become dangerous to those who use it.
You shouldn’t wait too long to resurface your pool. Some people wait until the pool is blatantly in bad shape, but this can greatly affect the pool’s resurfacing. It is best to just have the pool resurfaced as often as suggested by the professionals to avoid harm done to the pool or those that swim in it.
Take into consideration that the pool will need to be drained of all water prior to the resurfacing and it will take some time to conduct the entire process even with the help of professionals. If you’re looking for more information on improving the appearance or functionality of your pool, contact the experts at Solda today!