If you have an older pool, or if you have bought an older home and inherited a swimming pool, you may be considering swimming pool refinishing. This might be a novel concept to some readers, especially if they are first-time pool owners, and are not intimately familiar with the ins and outs of pool ownership. If you are interested in learning more about swimming pool refinishing, below are some important things to know, and some of the refinishing basics.
There are wide range of options when it comes to materials for resurfacing projects, but by far the most popular option for residential concrete/gunite pools is still plaster. There are, however, a wide range of other options that are becoming quite popular in contemporary swimming pools.
While this is not really looked at as a long term solution, a high-quality epoxy paint is still the cheapest swimming pool refinishing option on the market. Many pool experts will tell you that painting is just postponing the inevitable and is a “band aid” solution, but it is one that should hold up quite well while you save for something more permanent.
Plaster (Whitecoat or Marcite)
Plaster is one of the most common refinishing options because it is cheap and relatively durable. While it is not something that is likely to stun you with its good looks, it is commonly used to achieve that classic clean look and backdrop. It is also readily available in a range of different colours, so you can choose something more original if that is your personal taste.
This is one of the trendier refinishing options. It is plaster mixed with quartz or pebbles. An aggregate finish creates an attractive, as well as colourful surface (depending on the pebbles used), and is incredibly durable and long lasting. It is pricey, however, which discourages some people, and certain finishes also feel rough to the touch, which also dissuades some people from an aggregate refinish.
If you are after the most luxury option on the market, then tiles are what you want to go with. The labour and material cost for a tile pool is the highest of all the materials listed here, but the luxurious look is hard to beat.
Refinishing is essentially taking the old finish on your pool, stripping it and putting in something new. It is a great way to update the look of your pool, or, if the finish is starting to fall apart, it might be necessary to ensure that your pool remains safe to use. Keep the above refinishing options in mind and know what you are getting yourself into before you start your refinishing project.