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Pool Resurfacing 101 - TMC Custom Pools

An in-ground swimming pool is an investment your family can enjoy for years to come. Although pools do require routine maintenance, they rarely require major renovations. When you do start thinking about resurfacing your pool, a professional pool installer can fill you in on the basics.

Reasons to Resurface Your Pool

After years of wear and tear due to sunlight and chemical exposure, the finish of your pool can show signs of pitting. This causes the finish to become rough. You may also notice cracking, “blisters,” and stubborn discolorations. The average lifespan of a topcoat is about 10 to 15 years. At around this point, you should keep an eye out for these pool finish problems.

Materials for Resurfacing

The process of resurfacing only involves the topcoat, not the actual structure or shell of the pool. You have a few choices of finishes. Many pool owners prefer plaster finishes because they are cost-effective and very smooth. Fiberglass finishes are highly durable, have a longer lifespan, and tend to require fewer chemicals because they are nonporous. Aggregate finishes give the appearance of a pleasantly natural pebble pool. Pebble pools are also more durable than plaster finishes, and they are non-slip. Lastly, tile finishes are popular among homeowners who desire stylish, personalized looks for their pools, as they offer virtually endless customization options.

Process of Resurfacing

Draining the pool is the first step in performing a professional resurfacing project. Next, the workers will remove the existing topcoat, and use a wire brush to thoroughly scrub the residue off the shell. Next, the shell is cleaned with trisodium phosphate (TSP), followed by an application of muriatic acid. The acid eliminates mineral deposits. Lastly, the pool remodelers apply the new finish.

When it’s time to resurface your swimming pool, you can trust the professionals at TMC Custom Pools and Renovations. Get in touch with our office in Tucson at (520) 797-0168 or in Casa Grande at (520) 723-7946.