You've been enjoying your pool for a while, but are starting to realize that it doesn’t quite look the same as it used to. Perhaps the water chemistry is off, or the ground around and underneath the pool has shifted and eroded. Regardless of the cause, you know that it’s time to resurface your pool.
Still, deciding on the right company for the job isn’t easy. Is the provider reputable? Are you getting the best value for your money? In this post, we’ll cover what to consider when selecting a resurfacing provider.
Before finding a provider, it's important to understand the different options available for pool resurfacing. Here’s a quick overview:
Fiberglass (offered by Fibre Tech)
With this option, layers of resin and fiberglass are added, followed by additional top layers which are available in different styles. Fibre Tech in particular uses a layer of resin, followed by the fiberglass mat finished with two more resin coats.
Selecting fiberglass brings many advantages to keeping your pool in top shape. This option lasts longer than other options such as plaster. Its flexibility also means it can handle any shifts in the ground. Finally, its smooth surface makes it more resistant to algae, chemicals and other organic material.
If you're concerned about cost, plaster is a cheaper, easily installed option, even without the help of a professional. In this method, the plaster is removed, leaving only the original pool shell, which is then re-coated with the new plaster.
It’s important to note that plaster often reacts with the pool water after an extended period of exposure, so you might want to add chemicals to prevent erosion.
Quickly becoming a more popular option, an aggregate solution is plaster mixed with either pebbles or quartz.
Selecting quartz will add more years of use compared to standard plaster, and adds a reflective surface to the pool. Pebble-based aggregates are some of the most stain-resistant and durable options available. Of course, these aggregate options are more expensive than plaster. Additionally, pebble surfaces can be rough on your skin.
Paint or Tiling
If your cash flow is restricted, or you’re saving up for a full-on resurfacing project, epoxy paint can be used to resurface the pool for a temporary fix. On the other end of the spectrum, tiling, while giving the most luxurious look, is also the most expensive due to materials and labor.
Selecting a Reputable Provider
After you've decided which resurfacing method is best for your pool, it's time to select the provider. Among the factors to consider are:
Prepping the Pool for Resurfacing
It's important to understand what kind of work the provider is willing to do before the actual resurfacing. This includes smoothing and filling in cracks in the pool's surface. If these steps aren't completed, you risk running into issues after the resurfacing project is completed, and will likely end up having to pay to resurface again. All of these benefits are offered in the first step of Fibre Tech’s resurfacing process.
After the resurfacing project is completed, what else will the provider take care of? How much clean-up will they cover, and will they help return the yard to its pre-project look? Fibre Tech goes so far as to provide complete backyard renovation services, such as screening and deck installations.
Just because the project is completed doesn't mean your relationship with the provider should end. You should be able to reach out to them with any questions or issues, in the form of a guarantee. Luckily, Fibre Tech provides a limited 25-year warranty, ensuring that your pool is good to go for years to come.