Like your home’s roofing or driveway, time can definitely take its toll on your inground swimming pool.
Wear and tear on a pool over an extended period of time is somewhat unavoidable, especially when it’s exposed to freeze and thaw cycles, pressurized water, and disinfecting chemicals year after year.
At Neave Pools, we get plenty of questions from our customers about their aging gunite swimming pools:
- What are some options to give my older pool a second wind?
- What are the signs my pool needs a renovation?
- How much does it cost to resurface a pool?
- If I need to resurface my pool, how long will it take?
In many cases, pool resurfacing can do wonders for your aging pool and bring it back to life. That said, here are some telltale signs resurfacing your gunite pool is well overdue.
3 Signs It’s Time To Consider Resurfacing Your Gunite Pool
Stains come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Generally, a stain on your pool’s surface is superficial damage — many times more annoying than serious. But just like that stain on your favorite shirt, we understand just how irritating a pool stain is when it becomes the one thing that catches your eye every time you’re near your pool.
Most pool surface stains are caused by the following:
- Chemical and mineral inputs
- Leaves and other natural debris
- Algae (red or green)
If stains grow in size or quantity, or if repeated attempts to clean up and remove your stains are unsuccessful, it’s time to resurface your pool.
How does your pool surface feel? If it feels rougher than you think it should or if the gunite is beginning to show through, well, that’s a huge red flag. Your pool surface is deteriorating. And it will only get worse.
Pro Tip: In addition to staining, unbalanced pH levels in your pool’s water can pit and deteriorate a pool’s surface. If you are having to clean your pool more than usual, there’s a good chance your pool surface is pitting or your pool chemicals are increasingly imbalanced — or both.
How well is your pool holding water? The likelihood of a worn out or damaged pool surface leaking water is very good.
Do you find yourself asking: “Didn’t I just add water the other day?” That might indicate you have a leak.
And much like a deteriorating surface, pool leaks will only get worse if left unaddressed. And that also means your water bill will keep going up, up, up, until a full resurfacing is done.
Gunite Pool Resurfacing Options
As noted, there are a few different resurfacing options for gunite pools. At Neave Pools, we’re well versed in all pool surfaces, but there are two that we commonly apply more than others — marcite and quartz aggregate. Here’s a brief description of the two:
Made of a mixture of cement, water, and marble dust (or silica sand), marcite is a standard plaster application for pool surfaces. Sometimes referred to as white plaster, this surface choice is dependable and provides a watertight seal over porous gunite.
Affordability and a smooth, traditional appearance are a couple other reasons marcite is a popular choice for pool owners. We also like this finish for the way it reflects light inside the pool, as it creates a refreshing, vivid blue effect.
Longer lasting than marcite, a quartz aggregate surface consists of plaster mixed with small pieces of quartz, glass beads, river stones, etc.
Many of our customers prefer this option because it is harder and more resistant to staining — not to mention it gives a pool a luxurious, unique look through custom blending options.
How Long Does it Take to Resurface a Pool?
So the surface of your pool is waving a red flag — or two … or three — and you’re recognizing the need to resurface. Not so fast. There’s a catch. You’re not ready to shut down your pool for an indefinite amount of time just because your pool has a couple leaks and stains.
We hear you. But like we said earlier, the longer you let these surface issues linger, the bigger, deeper and more destructive they become.
Just to give you an idea of how much time you might be spending poolside, new surface applications typically take a day or two. And on average, there is a two-week curing period before a homeowner can use their pool. Two weeks! That’s the perfect amount of time to plan for your pool’s grand re-opening party.
Let Neave Renovate Your Aging Inground Pool
We all age, and your pool is no different. The best thing you can do for your aging pool is to have a pool professional conduct a thorough inspection. An expert will check all the primary equipment — pump, heater, filter, drains — for leaks, malfunctions, and operations. They’ll inspect the liner or plaster, the tile and coping for signs of aging that can lead to problems.
The certified service technicians at Neave Pools can assess if a repair, replacement or renovation is your best option. After that, the pros at Neave are happy to share their best maintenance tips — because proper pool maintenance and water quality can extend the life of your pool.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.
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