Pool weather will be here before you know it. Is your pool ready?
If you have an old fiberglass or gunite (concrete) pool, take a long hard look at the surface. If you see hollow spots, chipping, or cracking, that means the waterproof membrane over the porous concrete pool shell has been compromised. The problem WILL get worse if you don't address it now.
Traditional pool surfaces are damaged by any number of things:
- Improper water chemistry: Make sure you're testing calcium and stabilizer levels using a test kit.
- Disuse: Don't let your pool sit empty. Sun exposure on a pool is particularly bad when there's no water in it.
- Age: New plaster finishes only last 12 years or so, which is why newer options (like fiberglass) are becoming popular. Even fiberglass, however, can be damaged over time.
So what does swimming pool resurfacing cost?
The cost of fixing surface damage depends on a couple of things.
- Your pool's size and shape
- Where you are (if there are more pool contractors in your area, you can shop around)
- The kind of pool surface you have
- The extent of current damage
Pebble-based cement surfacing has replaced plaster in recent years. This material costs around $5 for each foot of internal surface area, meaning a pool with an internal area of 1,000 feet will cost about $5,000 to resurface. Other finishes, such as those made of glass or quartz, are also available, but typically cost more.
An average in-ground pool (10,000-20,000 gallons or 14'x28' to 16'x32' and 3.5'-5' deep) with standard white plaster or marble-dust plaster (marcite) typically costs $2,500-$5,500. Resurfacing with a pebble or quartz aggregate finish can cost $3,500-$8,500 for a rough finish or about $5,000-$10,000 for a polished finish.
The resurfacing process is similar for both plaster and fiberglass pools, starting with draining the pool using a sump pump. Resurfacing typically involves chipping out the damaged material, applying a new finish and acid washing the pool's surface.
The Fibre Tech Preserver Process will outlast other swimming pool resurfacing methods, however. It consists of an Owens Corning Fiberglass mat encased between three layers of specially manufactured resin. The six-step process can be applied quickly to any structurally sound surface from concrete to marcite, plaster, aluminum, and steel gunite
Step One: We grind and smooth your pool surface to remove contaminants and fill in cracks.
Step Two: We apply our unique "FibreLock Kote" to seal the tiny pores in the pool surface.
Step Three: Next, we apply the first coat of resurfacing resin specially formulated for use in chemically-treated aquatic environments.
Step Four: A layer of Owens Corning Fiberglass mat is hand-laid while the first resin coat is still damp.
Step Five: A second layer of Fibre Tech resin is applied.
Step Six: After the surface is sanded by hand, we apply a third layer of Fibre Tech resin to give the surface its smooth, non-porous finish.
The surface will dry in about one hour and totally cures approximately four hours after application.
Our innovative, patented process creates a strong, smooth, beautiful surface that comes with an incredible 25-year limited warranty. Compare that to other resurfacing processes such as marcite, vinyl and painting that offer little or no warranty and the difference is obvious.
The quality and reliability of a Fibre Tech surface is unsurpassed. In addition to using only top quality materials, we use highly skilled and experienced technicians to ensure your satisfaction. The end result is a sparkling white, durable surface that bonds to concrete yet remains flexible as the pool "settles" and moves.