How Much Does It Cost to Resurface a Swimming Pool?

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Zinc

Subject: Showing signs of abrasion from the sweeper

I bought a house with a nice pool about 5 years ago, and it had a Polaris 360 sweeper. Now, I'm noticing signs of abrasion from the wheels of the sweeper-- especially in the corners where the sweeper spends a lot of time. Supposedly, the pool had been resurfaced not too long before I bought the house. Is this expected wear and tear? I'm running the sweeper a couple of hours a day, but have started to cut back when possible to reduce the effect. Cosmetically, the abrasion is disappointing, but I don't know what it translates to as far as when I'll need to do something about it, and if I can do something that will last longer without incurring a huge cost. Could the resurface job have been a quick & dirty one that just was designed to make the pool look good for the sale? At what point will it be critical to address it? Are there other sweepers less abrasive on the pool surface?

Charlotte Ehle

Subject: Pool Maintenance

First of all great post as it highlights almost everything there is to point out. what i think is pool owners should perform a pool check regularly or hire a pool maintenance agency in your neighborhood. They can really give you some insights about the wear and tear of your pool. Whether the chemical levels are too high or low, Pump motor area cleaniness etc.

Ann Monica

Subject: Valrico, Florida Pool

I'm a first-time pool owner and learning. There are (what looks like) black algae spots on the pool floor. Two service companies did algeacide treatments unsuccessfully. I was told that the next step is to empty the pool and acid wash it for $600. But, the pool is 12 years old and heavily stained from chemicals and needs resurfacing at some point anyway.. There results of the acid wash are not guaranteed, so I should probably resurface. How much does that cost? My pool size holds 15,000 gallons of water. Who in Valrico does high quality resurfacing?

kate

Subject: internal surface area

What is internal surface area? In the article it's given in feet, but area is measured in square feet. Did you mean 1000 square feet in your example? and your cost estimate of $4.5-$5 per square foot? thanks in advance!

Judy Quinn

Subject: pool refinishing

we purchased a home built 1965, with a small pool that was full of water and had not had anything done to it for over 5 years. We had a pool company drain and clean and refill, WOW, it looks like crap. The pool is 19X14 and about 6 foot in center. We would like the pebble finish. Can you give me an idea how much it could cost for the refinish?? thanks in advance.

McNeill

Subject: Gunite Pool

The surface of my pool is rough and irritates the soles of our feet and I am considering having it sanded down. What process would be involved and how much should we anticipate paying?

GREG PIETTE

Subject: Surface roughness on plaster pools

We hear this complaint a lot. First....This is typical of a pool that needs to be resurfaced. If the plaster is older than 10 years it probably should be carefully considered. If the plaster is relatively new, it may be possible to "grind" and polish the surface somewhat to smooth out that roughness.

A simple plaster resurface should be calculated at between $5-7 per square foot of surface area to be addressed. Concrete under the plaster, if in bad shape may require more attention and will undoubtedly skew that figure. We just finished an estimate for a pool wherein the concrete was covered with fiberglass. In that case, the glass must be water-blasted or sandblasted off entirely before concrete repairs and plaster can be done. Price of that job. $9/ square foot.

A grind and polish job will be figured at about 1/2 the price of a replaster. Bear in mind that there must be enough plaster left on the concrete to be successful.

There is a third way...painting the surface. Epoxy coatings are made expressly for this purpose. Costs of epoxy coating the older plaster will run at about $3-5 per square foot. Special circumstances may also skew this figure. Most pool companies will discourage this option as is inhibits replastering in the future without sandblasting first. That adds quite a lot of expense to an otherwise 'simple' replaster.

GREG PIETTE

Subject: Surface roughness on plaster pools

We hear this complaint a lot. First....This is typical of a pool that needs to be resurfaced. If the plaster is older than 10 years it probably should be calfully considered. If the plaster is relatively new, it may be possible to "grind" and polish the surface somewhat to smooth out that roughness.

A simple plaster resurface should be calculated at between $5-7 per square foot of surface area to be addressed. Concrete under the plaster, if in bad shape may require more attention and will undoubtedly skew that figure. We just finished an estimate for a pool wherein the concrete was covered with fiberglass. In that case, the glass must be water-blasted or sandblasted off entirely before concrete repairs and plaster can be done. Price of that job. $9/ square foot.

A grind and polish job will be figured at about 1/2 the price of a replaster. Bear in mind that their must be enough plaster left on the concrete to be successful.

There is a third way...painting the surface. Epoxy coatings are made expressly for this purpose. Costs of epoxy coating the older plaster will run at about $3-5 per square foot. Special circumstances may also skew this figure.

CharlotteEhle

Subject: pool renovation

Our swimming pool has lost its sheen and I was thinking to renovate it but was bewildered whether to go for remodeling or resurfacing. Please suggest what would be the best option for my pool.

Omid

Subject: Tile instead of resurfacing

I wonder if it's more economical in the long run to tile the entire pool instead of simply resurfacing?

Also is it possible to tile over it?

thanks!

Beth

Subject: Fiberglass pool refinish

We currently have a fiberglass bath tub pool. The paint has been chipping the last few years and looks terrible. It was there when we moved in, I think it's about 25 years old. We tried repainting it last year but it all chipped off again. What are our options?? Will we need to replace the pool?

Gonzalo

Subject: Resurface

My pool's surface has begun cracking. Only the very top thin layer. I want to resurface. What do you recomend, plaster or small tile?

Rob

Subject: New Pool poor finish

We just had our new pool plastered in ColorScapes (60% Quartz)... just a few days ago. We immediately noticed brush marks, footprints (including those created by the steel tipped shoes) and "spackled" looking areas (almost pure white). I am guessing this is either poor workmanship or incorrect application. What are the options on a new pool? (Pennsylvania 925 ft2)

Nakia Roberts

Subject: Poor work

Poor workmanship. I do this for a living( pool resurfacing) and we make sure we look for those exact symptoms. It's just a sign of poor and careless work. Sorry to hear that. I have been in this business for 40 years and i have seen the deterioration of good work and it makes the business seem like anyone can do it. But they can't, it's an art and everyone can't draw.

Tom Hickey

Subject: Plaster

This sounds typical of the plaster dust that settles on the top of the plaster. It needs to be brushed with a steel brush for the 1st 10 days. It can still be removed with an acid bath or light acid wash.

Judy E

Subject: Cracks is pool plaster

Can the plaster be cracked without the gunite (concrete) underneath being cracked? Can the gunite be cracked without a leak?

Casey, Bee Clean Pools

Subject: Pebble tech cracking

Pebble tech can crack, with out the gunite foundation cracking. The surface expands at a different rate then the gunite underneath especially when exposed to the sun. Also this seemes to be a big problem with every pebble tech pool that has a rolled edge, as the pool settles from its weight, sinking, the dirt lifts the pebble edge essentially pealing off the rolled edge from the gunite.

Ric

Subject: fiberglass finished pool

we bought a house with a fiberglass finished pool. When we swim and get out we feel like little needles are all over our bodies. I assume that means the fiberglass is shedding and thus needs to be replaced. The question is there anything we can do to lessen the affects until we can afford a new resurfacing?

Pablo

Subject: Fiber glass pool

We have the same problem did u get any good solution we also purchase a new home and have the same problem with the pool

Raul Gaytion

Subject: cracks in a ingrown pool

I'm in the process of purchasing a home, but the pool as 3 large crack, one of which runs almost completely across the length of the pool. I called a pool contractor out & he said the entire pool needed to be replast red & told us we should just back away from the entire sell or be willing to be no less then $10,000. Hopefully someone can help me with this issue. Thank you in advance. .

tedd frestone

Subject: cracks fixed

if there is cracks in the pool it means that the (gunite) concrete behind the plaster is cracked and you will need the cracks cut out new steal reinforcement and concrete (gunite) and then plaster of a stone plaster maybe new tiles light fixture and plumbing fittings inside the pool. here in texas just had a quote for a replaster new tile and a 4 foot crack fixed 11500 complete job.

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My order of preference - first choice a jacuzzi/hot tub repairman (from a jacuzzi/hot tub/sauna distributor), second choice a plumber (many do not work on hot tubs, jacuzzi's and sauna because they cnanot afford to stock parts). An electrician might be able to fix it if it is a connection problem, but such motors are seldom repaired if the problem is internal, just replaced - which would be a jacuzzi repairman/plumber type job.
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You will have to find out what your model costs new - looks like they run from about $400 to 1700 depending on size. IF yours is at the lower end, might be just as cheap to replace it, with parts and labor. If not low end, then repair probably works. Typical pricing of components that might have gone out - switch $80, timer/control unit $130, heating element $100 (probably most likely to have failed) - so if only one of these went out, figuring $100-200 labor, probably cheaper to fix it. I would contact your dealer for a better idea.

BTW - here is a Saunatec instruction on maintenance on the heating element and rocks, failure to follow can shorten heating element life, if that is what went out (and probably the simplest to replace) - 

http://superiorsaunas.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=2