Resurfacing a Pool: Things You Must Consider
It’s time to resurface your pool if it’s old. Signs of ageing are blisters, cracks and discolouration. A resurface can eliminate such issues. Depending on the structure and the age of your swimming pool, resurfacing can be a difficult or simple DIY project.
For gunite pools, apply a final finish to the surface. Typical finishes include tile, plaster, Pebbletek or Diamond Brite. This topcoat can last up to 15 years.
Basic process for pool resurfacing
These steps give you the information you need to resurface your pool. Read on to know what you should prepare for and decide whether you can do this work yourself.
Step 1 – Draining and cleaning
First, drain the pool. Next, clean the surface of the pool using a brush. If there is plaster on the surface, remove it with a pick, chisel or jackhammer. Once that is done, scrub off the chalky material. Now clean the pool with Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) and then coat it with muriatic acid, which removes mineral deposits. Be careful when using the acid as it can cause skin damage and breathing problems. Always wear proper safety gear: boots, gloves, eye goggles and carry a respirator. Finish by neutralising the acid with TSP.
Step 2 – Resurfacing
Once the pool is clean, resurface it. The surface can be plaster, pebble, quartz or fibreglass. Plaster is the cheapest option and lasts around seven years. Pebble is long-lasting and stain-resistant. Though it lasts over 12 years, it’s rough and more expensive. Quartz is colourful, stain-resistant and lasts 12 to 15 years. Fibreglass is perfect for fibreglass pools.
Disclaimer: Before you begin the process, you must contact your local planning department. Ask if you need a permit to clean and resurface your pool. There may be other requirements, like which products to use and where to drain the water.
DIY or PRO
Think you’ve got the skills and tools to take on the task? If so, why not resurface your swimming pool. But, water isn’t forgiving. A slight mistake can cause leakage, meaning you have to repeat the whole process.
Mid-sized pools take two people more than 20 hours to maintain. If you have a bigger pool, 3 or 4 people are needed to plaster. So ask your adult kids, handy neighbours or close friends to help you out. If this is not feasible, consider hiring a professional. It costs extra, but the work is impeccable.
Resurfacing yourself can be a rewarding task and money-saving project. Do it yourself if you’re on a shoestring budget. Call a professional Perth pool resurfacing company in case you don’t have the right tools and the work is too much. Pros ensure an outstanding renovation, as well as a clean and safe environment to swim. Since they work as a team, they complete work on time and to the best standard.