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Pool Resurfacing 101: FAQs For Curious Pool Owners

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Owning an in-ground pool is a rewarding thing as a homeowner. However, owning a pool also means you have to be super attentive to maintaining the pool, and the pool's surface is one of those things that will occasionally need your attention. Pool resurfacing is a common reason to have to call in a pool maintenance service for help, and this is a pretty major task. Take a look at some of the things you should know about pool resurfacing. 

How much does it cost to have a pool resurfaced?

Pool resurfacing costs can vary according to the type of material required for the project. For example, a pebbled or textured pool surface will naturally be more expensive because the materials required for the job are more expensive. In general terms, a resurfacing job is likely going to cost anywhere from $4,500 to $5,000, according to Angie's List. Plaster resurfacing can be a little less expensive at $3.60 to $4 per foot of covered area, but plaster is the least desirable resurfacing material because it tends to break down faster. 

How often should you have your pool resurfaced?

There is no set number of years that a resurfacing job should last because there are so many variables that can affect the breakdown of the materials. Not to mention, the type of materials used will have a huge impact on longevity. It is best to watch for signs that resurfacing is imminent, such as: 

  • The pool's surface appears to be stained or discolored
  • There is deteriorating grout in the pool's surface 
  • You have a hard time maintaining chemical balances because of deterioration 
  • Deterioration of the materials is obvious (i.e. cracking, chipping, flaking) 

How do you protect your pool's surface?

Once you have had your pool resurfaced, you will want to do everything you can to protect that new surface for the long term, and there are a few ways you can do that. For one, it is best to keep your pool filled with water year-round. Water protects the surface from being exposed directly to the sun, which can cause materials to break down faster. Secondly, make sure you are using the right concentration of chemicals. Using too much of one thing or not enough of something else can cause the pool's surface to deteriorate much faster than it should. For instance, high concentrations of chlorine are hard on the pool.