A well-made, in-ground pool will last you for many years, especially if you practice proper maintenance, clean regularly, winterize your pool, and complete repairs as needed. But over time your pool will suffer the wear and tear of use and the ravages of time, no matter how well you care for it. And this will happen much sooner if you let your care lapse, drain your pool and leave it empty, or otherwise neglect it. The point is that you may, at some point, find yourself having to resurface your pool in order to stave off further (and more expensive) damage and make it safe and usable. And there are several different options for resurfacing that you’ll want to explore, whether you’re using a DIY approach or hiring a pro to do the job for you.
In some cases, you won’t necessarily need to resurface in order to keep your pool in ship shape and make it inviting for those who wish to take a dip. If the paint on your pool surfaces is starting to crack and peel and you catch it in time, you may be able to get away with repainting rather than resurfacing the whole pool. In this case you’ll simply drain the pool, blast away the remaining paint with pressurized water, repaint, and refill the pool for several more years of use. But you probably want to get a professional opinion before you take this road so that you don’t end up covering existing damage, allowing it to worsen.
If you have no choice but to resurface your pool, you may want to go with the same surface you already have in place, or you might want to try something new. And there are a couple of good options to consider. If you have a tile surface that has started to crack, chip, or separate from the wall of the pool, the easiest and least expensive option is probably to have an inspection done and simply replace the tiles in problem areas, provided the rest of the surface is sound. Or you could remove all of the tile, sell or recycle the parts that are still usable, and try a new surfacing option.
The two most common types of swimming pool surfaces are fiberglass and plaster, and there are pros and cons associated with each. Fiberglass is a great option because it is so durable, it resists algae staining, and it is somewhat flexible, which is a major boon if you happen to live in a region that suffers from earthquakes. You’ll also end up with a smooth surface that is long-lasting and less absorbent than other materials, meaning it won’t react as much to the chemicals in your pool. On the downside, it’s pretty expensive.
For this reason, you may also want to consider the prospect of pool plastering, since it tends to be far more economical. The product may not have the same shelf life as fiberglass, but you will have some additional options in terms of color and texture. And since you know that you could have issues down the road with your surface affecting the pH balance of your pool, you can add fillers at the outset that will counteract this problem. You have several options for resurfacing your pool, so you just need to consider the look and feel you prefer, as well as the price point that suits your budget.