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3 Signs Your Pool Needs Resurfacing



If you’re considering pool resurfacing but aren’t sure if your pool needs it, take a moment to evaluate your pool for common signs.

Your pool may need resurfacing if you notice:

  • Stains that are growing or difficult to remove

  • Rough texture

  • Leaks

Pools are typically constructed one of the following 3 ways: 

  • in ground concrete pools

  • fiberglass drop in pools

  • vinyl liner pools

We specialize in dealing with in-ground concrete pools. We have referrals for companies that deal with all fiberglass drop in pools and vinyl liners as well. An in ground concrete refers to the way the pool was built. Concrete pools are formed with shotcrete also referred to as gunite. After the shotcrete cures and hardens, a cementitious coating is coated over the pool shell.

Cement pool finishes fall into the following categories:

  • White plaster or colored plaster

  • White quartz or colored quartz

  • Exposed pebble aggregate pool finishes (Wet Edge, NPT, Gemstone, Pebble Tec, Diamond Brite)

  • All glass bead pool finishes

  • Polished Pool Finish (Our favorite: Hydrazzo and Wet Edge Primera Stone)

Other pool finishes you might encounter in concrete pools:

  • All tile pools

  • Painted pool over pool plaster

  • Fiberglass gel coating over existing pool plaster


What is Pool Resurfacing?

Pool resurfacing is our specialty at TC Pools serving Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, and surrounding cities. 

If your current pool is an in ground concrete pool that is coated with plaster, pebble, fiberglass or even all tile, the new surface cannot just go over the existing surface. The existing surface needs to be prepared for a new coat of plaster or pebble by first either chipping out the existing plaster, sand blasting and bond coating the surface or hydro blasting the existing surface. Per the National Plasterers Council, these are all acceptable methods, but each comes with certain advantages or disadvantages. After the surface has been properly prepared, you are now ready to apply the finish coat of either plaster, quartz, exposed pebble, glass beads, or polished pool finish.

How often should I resurface my pool?

We will answer this with a big “it depends”. Properly cared for and maintained pool water chemistry can prolong the life of your pool finish. Also, homeowners and commercial property owners often keep their pool surfaces well beyond when they should resurface. Signs that it is time to resurface are when your plaster is peeling, flaking, check cracking, becomes rough, discolors, develops structural cracks, rust stains appear, paint peels off or the fiberglass fibers start to wear off.

Assuming your contractor used quality materials, proper installation methods and proper chemical levels were maintained by the pool service technician then you can expect pool surface lifespans like the following.

  • White plaster: 5-15 years

  • White Quartz: 10+ years

  • Exposed pebble: 15 + years

  • Polished pool finishes: 5-15 years

How long does it take to resurface a pool?

Pool resurfacing usually takes about 5-7 days to complete. The pool resurfacing process can be hindered by weather, however, and may take up to 14 days in certain cases.



Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.




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