The pool resurfacing options below are guaranteed to give you many years of excellent performance and natural beauty in any well-maintained pool just like what they do in pool remodeling. The following will help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Here are 3 of the most popular finishes:
Diamond Brite is a fine pool finish that’s easy to maintain, pleasing to the eye, and durable. It’s permeated with stunning natural quartz crystals. Quartz is one of the purest and hardest minerals on Earth. The quartz aggregates are combined with non-fading Quartz crystals and polymer cement, creating an impressive range of colors.
Diamond Brite is not only impervious to the sun’s UV rays but also the harsh pool chemicals. The strength of natural quartz resists etching and stains. Unlike plaster pools, you can drain Diamond Brite pools without causing any damage. Diamond Brite is available in 17 different colors with each color reflecting the sky, water, and surroundings in a unique way.
Glass tiles add incredible beauty to swimming pools and they come in many different colors, finishes, and shapes. They can add elegance and class to any pool. Glass tiles offer the most durability and can be installed in a pool’s edges and steps, waterline, sun shelf, water walls, interior, or outer walls.
Glass is an excellent option for a pool tile because it refracts sunlight and reflects the water’s movement. However, glass tile installation is more labor-intensive, which usually translates to higher overall costs. Still, the results are amazing!
A pebble finish is referred to as an aggregate finish in the industry. One mistake that people in the industry make is referring to a pebble pool finish as “Pebble-Tec” since that’s just one brand out of many.
Pebble-Tec is widely recognized in the industry since it was the first company to patent the specific process but there are several manufacturers of pebble aggregate finishes.
A pebble finish is attained, much like a quartz finish is achieved. Small polished stones are added to the plaster mix before they are troweled by hand onto the granite surface. All pebble finishes have a mottled or marbled appearance to some extent since they are made mostly of natural stone so you’ll never find two identical pools.
You’ll also come across exposed aggregate finishes that use larger river rock stones instead of the smaller quartz gems and stones. Pebble Tec and Crystal Stone are some of the most popular brands. They give the pool a distinct look when compared with the quartz products.
We use only the highest quality finishes currently available in the market! Doing this ensures that your pool is not only beautiful but will be durable and reliable for a long time to come. We offer the latest by Pebble Tec, Pebble Fina, and Pebble Sheen.
It’s essential to consider the effect of color on your choice. If colored Diamond Brite is applied in lighter shades, it can make your pool water appear blue. Darker and medium colors will have a totally different effect. Another exciting way to enhance your pool’s appearance would be to install underwater lighting.
Selecting the type of concrete overlay to be used is the first step in resurfacing a pool deck. We know there are a lot of choices and we’re here to help when needed. The proper surface should have a non-skid element and be made of materials that resist the chemicals typically used in pools while also looking good. Functionality and safety have to come first and with so many options, that won‘t be a problem!
The existing deck surface and the pool have to be prepared before the resurfacing job begins. The deck should be thoroughly cleaned and any superficial divots or cracks need to be repaired using a concrete resurfacer. If the cracks go all the way through the deck, the concrete may need to be replaced entirely. The pool is usually covered or drained completely to protect the pool system from the resurfacing process’s materials.
The old plaster from the drains, inlets, tile, and lights is removed to allow the new finish to go on evenly. Any paint should be removed by water or sandblasting which can take 1 or 2 days. A bond coat is then applied to the pool to prepare it for the new plaster. The entire prep and plaster time can take 3 to 4 days. Once the pool has been plastered, it should then be filled with clean water with a low mineral and metal content.
We first access your pool’s central pump system and switch it over to the “backwash” or “drain” setting. We make use of a submersible pump in some instances to remove the water from the pool. Pool resurfacing cannot start unless the pool is completely emptied and dried. During draining, we direct the runoff water to an area where it will not cause oversaturation, flooding, or any other complication. It may take several hours to drain your pool, but this will depend on its size.
Once we have emptied all the water out of the pool and it is completely dry, we will check for crumbling, cracks, blistering, and other deterioration. Such marks are indicative of a more immediate issue with either the pool’s plumbing or in-ground foundation. We also use tarps to cover the pool area to keep it clean while sandblasting is underway.
Fiberglass, plaster, and composite finishes need to be sandblasted or even chiseled away to the underlying concrete to better hold the new material. Sandblasting etches the existing surface and makes it sufficiently rough for bonding, but smoother than if it was chipped out.
High-end pools typically have an impressive look when resurfaced with ceramic tile, quartz, or pebble concrete. These materials offer a durable lining that resists stains, algae, and chemical-related damage.
Our tile professionals are experienced in pool applications that are different from interior tile installation. We use different applications because your pool tile will be continually exposed to chemicals, outside elements, and water. This step usually takes 2 to 3 days, while masonry usually takes 24 to 48 hours.
We then undertake a complete inspection of your pool’s plumbing system and pump. We’ll be checking for any leaks, hidden or obvious and we also test the resiliency of any plastic parts and components. This process typically takes 1 full day.
Acid etching is needed on bare masonry surfaces such as plaster or concrete. It is also useful for removing chalky residue and hard mineral deposits on a previously coated pool. Acid washing helps to open up millions of tiny holes that allow for the penetration of the subsequent coating. This ensures a secure, cohesive bond.
The acid and drain wash is primarily used to get rid of the scale, stains, and calcium from your pool bed’s corners and floor. After the acid wash, you should completely neutralize the acid using an alkaline soda ash solution.
The concrete is cleaned using a mixture of muriatic acid and water. Muriatic acid produces harmful fumes and burns on the skin so we have safety equipment that’s rated to protect our technicians from its effects.
When refilling your pool, we spend several hours doing a thorough, final cleanup of the whole pool area. Then, we inspect to ensure no trace of dirt or dust is left behind at the end of each workday. We’ll also perform a final inspection during this time.
The initial water treatment is perhaps the most crucial action we perform to ensure that the pool retains its appearance and the new surface material’s life. Once the pool is filled with water, a sequence of treatments is necessary to cure the surface area as thoroughly as possible.
Close monitoring and service are critical throughout the first 7 days of the pool treatment. Of course, you can choose to have your own pool man do this, and we’ll be happy to consult with him to ensure that it’s done appropriately.
Otherwise, you can always trust our team of experienced professionals at Dallas Pool Resurfacing & Plastering to do the initial water treatment procedure!