Pool Basics

There is nothing like the pleasure of a cool dip in the pool on a hot day. A plunge into a swimming pool, the sunlight reflecting on the bright clear water, is relaxing refreshment. Its also a responsibility to maintain, and finding surface damage in your private oasis of comfort can leave you with a heavy, sinking feeling. You know its time and money, but its worth the effort to sustain the enjoyment and value of your home.

Beautiful Choices

The steps to restoration are easy to understand. Drain the pool, chip out the damaged material, apply a new finish, acid washing the pool’s surface and fill it back up. Clearly, if you are going to go through this much effort you should resurface the whole pool not just part, only to find the areas skipped are deteriorating one or two years later.


A traditional pool surface is plaster, but the industry is moving away from plaster and switching to a pebble-based cement material like Pebble Tec and Wet Edge. The plaster finishes from 30 years ago used asbestos as a hardening agent, but since the outlawing of asbestos, new plaster finishes (Marcite is a popular brand name) only last about 12 to 14 years.

There are other long lasting finishes, such as those made of glass, quartz and even tile, but typically cost more than the pebble-based finish. You can add a colorful look to a pool if you are adventurous, but a better choice (if you have room in the budget) would be color-changing LED lighting to let you control the mood in the pool.

Making a Budget

Resurfacing with the pebble-based material costs $4.75 to $5 for each square foot of surface area. So a pool with an internal area of 1,000 feet will cost around $5,000 for Pool Resurfacing West Palm Beach FL. The same job in northern states will cost twice as much, in Florida contractors keep skilled workers busy, suppliers are closer and can provide shipments of finish everyday.

Surprisingly the slow season for Pool Resurfacing West Palm Beach FL is actually in the summer. Many homeowners are part-time Florida residents of, and they prefer to schedule work while they’re in town for the winter. Also many consumers think a resurfacing project takes three months complete, in reality its a three to four day job.

Containing Costs

Really trying to save money? Maybe you just moved into a new house and are trying to put together a budget and plan for home improvements. While not a long-term solution, painting your pool with high-quality epoxy paint is easily the most affordable choice. Pool pros will tell you that painting a rundown pool surface is just a Band-Aid. If it is, it’s a Band-Aid that can buy you time while you save for a more expensive renovation project down the road.

Once you are done, make the right choices to extend the life of your pool surface. Plaster will react with pool water over the course of its lifetime, so the right balance of chemicals may be necessary to maintain proper water chemistry. And don’t leave your pool empty for long periods of time, the UV in sunlight will deteriorate the finish giving it a “sunburn” that, unlike you, will not heal on its own.

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