Pool maintenance can sometimes get complicated, especially when the surface of the pool is at play. Different problems require different surfacing solutions. Depending on the needs of your pool you may find resurfacing, replastering, or remodeling is in order. But what’s the difference between the three? Let’s find out.
What Does Resurfacing a Pool Mean?
Resurfacing refers only to the pool deck. Resurfacing addresses most issues involving the appearance of the deck, as well as minor damages, such as cracks and scales, on the deck’s surface. Resurfacing is usually performed every couple of years.
Resurfacing a deck may be as simple as pressure washing it, laying down sealant, letting the sealant dry, pressure washing it again, and then laying down a second coat of sealant. This process usually takes a couple of hours. Pool deck resurfacing is primarily cosmetic, though it may improve some minor functionality issues as well.
Resurfacing should be a relatively inexpensive option, and one you can do yourself if you’re up to the task.
What Does Replastering a Pool Mean?
Replastering is also chiefly a cosmetic change, applied to the walls of the pool every 7 to 12 years. Replastering involves draining the pool completely and applying fresh plaster to the pool walls. This process usually takes four to six hours.
To check if your pool needs to be replastered, inspect your pool walls. If they’re discolored, then they run the risk of algae and other harmful substances growing on them, which will make the pool unsafe to swim in.
Replastering is much more complex than resurfacing, and requires more work. It can be done yourself, but it is not as easy to do as resurfacing.
What Does Remodeling a Pool Mean?
Remodeling a pool is much different than pool resurfacing or replastering. Materials and components are replaced and added in a remodel. It can involve resurfacing and replastering, but they aren’t always included in a remodel… or need to be.
Remodeling a pool is nearly impossible to do on your own without a helping hand. In fact, completely remodeling a pool can be virtually the same as replacing it.
How Do I Choose Between Resurfacing, Replastering or Remodeling a Pool?
Resurfacing a deck is only needed if you’re looking for a cosmetic lift. Or, minor safety issues on the deck can and should be mitigated with resurfacing.
Replastering would be necessary when the pool itself is discolored. Replastering is also a cosmetic change, but it is much more critical than resurfacing the pool deck in that the discolored walls can be signs of repeated algae growth.
Reasons for remodeling a pool are just as numerous as there are reasons for having a pool in the first place. Some own a pool for their own enjoyment, and some use them more for social occasions. The style and appearance of someone’s pool may be as important to them as the style and appearance of their home.