There is nothing more tranquil or inviting than the refreshing sight of clean, cool blue water glistening in your inground swimming pool. Conversely, there is nothing less appealing or more uninviting than a dingy pool that has passed the point of its resurfacing need. Over the years of enjoyment, your pool’s surface wears down, develops cracks and leaks and is less capable of resisting the stains from algae and other waterborne bacteria that linger longer. Without resurfacing, your once lovely swimming pool turns into a cement pond, and the only life it attracts are of the microbial and wildfowl form. Is it time to put the charm back into that old, outdated space and resurface your pool?
Bring New Life to the Old Space
On average, a pool’s surface lasts from 7 to 15 years depending upon the construct. Resurfacing a concrete pool with plaster is the most economical method of extending the newness of the surface by at least seven years. Generally, pool professionals either chip or sandblast their way down to the original concrete shell. A bond coat is applied, and a couple of layers of top coat allow for your choice of color tinting, if desired. Sunset Pool & Spas, a company offering pool resurfacing in Chicago, suggests that choosing a fresh, new tint can quickly liven up an outdated space. Additionally, a filler of pebbles and quartz may be added to increase chemical and stain-resistant qualities as well as improving upon durability. The quartz also adds more sparkle to your pool’s water.
Fiberglass resurfacing produces a smoother surface than concrete or plaster and lasts up to 10 years. The process calls for filling in and reinforcing any existing cracks or chips. A coating comprised of a combination of resin and fiberglass is applied. After sanding, top coats are applied sealing the surface and introducing a color tint, if desired. Fiberglass has better resistance to stains from organic and other matter such as algae, falling leaves, dirt and debris.
There is yet another option to bringing new life to the old space: Retiling. The process is the same as you may find familiar in home interior tiling. A system of applying a scratch coat followed by laying down the tiles and going over them with grout allows you to open up a world of design.
However you proceed, resurfacing your pool reintroduces the charm and appealing aspects of having a pool in your backyard. If you are in the market to sell your home with a pool, avoid the appearance of disrepair and a seller’s concession to cover the cost for the buyer. In most cases, a resurfaced pool adds to the selling price and helps in the decision to buy.