Why is it important to understand the different pool and spa resurfacing options?
Because your pool or spa is an investment you should understand the best finish option for you and your family
Many regions of the country do not use the pool year around; however, this doesn’t mean that the pool can be neglected during those colder months. It is essential to monitor and properly care for the pool throughout the year. Resurfacing becomes necessary when problems like cracks and deterioration of the finish can no longer be patched or repaired and/or the pool’s appearance in no longer acceptable.
Resurfacing of a swimming pool requires expert plasterers with years of experience. Remember, the finish of a swimming pool requires a special cementitious mix that is uniquely designed for swimming pools, and is placed and finished in one single application. It is essential to hire a swimming pool plastering company having the knowledge and expertise to properly install and finish the swimming pool interior finish of your choice.
The following types of interior finishes for swimming pools are based on the uniqueness of their materials components and installation methods. Each of the finishes represented is a viable interior finish option. Additionally, there are often various color selections, additives, and/or enhancements that may be considered along with each of these finishes.
Standard white plaster is the tried and true pool and spa surface finish. White plaster has been around as long as people have been building swimming pools. White remains a popular choice in spite of the myriad of choices that have come into the market in recent years. The finish is hard troweled to a smooth finish.
- Classic smooth finish
- Economical cost option
- 5 to 8 year surface
Polished finishes offer a smooth surface and the look of an exposed aggregate finish. The ingredients incorporates many different types of aggregate with a variety in size and colors so that when polished the combination is revealed. Polishing tools are utilized as the last step of the finishing process
- Smooth finish
- Upgraded cost option
- 8 to 12 year surface
Quartz, or silicate-based mineral aggregate, is one of nature’s hardest minerals and is non-reactive to pool chemicals. Color-coated quartz aggregate is often used as an accent. Some Quartz pool finishes may be a combination of natural quartz and colored quartz. The quartz finish is exposed with a combination of hard troweling and several possible exposure techniques.
- Can vary from smooth to textured finish
- Affordable cost option
- 10 to 15 year surface
Pebble aggregate finishes consist of small pebbles, glass, and other materials embedded throughout the finish. These surfaces come in a broad range of colors and combinations and offer excellent durability. The final surface results from hard troweling, compaction of the aggregates and exposure procedures.
- Textured finish
- Upgraded cost option
- 12 to 18 year surface
Any of the products and surface options listed above can provide years of reliable performance and dazzling beauty in a well-maintained pool or spa. The key to enjoying that success, and avoiding unexpected frustration, is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each, and to choose wisely. Your NPC plaster professional can discuss the pros and cons of each surface, and help you make the right decision.
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