Cost of Resurfacing a Pool: Choose a Finish for Your Budget

Cost of Resurfacing a Pool: Choose a Finish for Your Budget

The official sign of summer isn’t simply a date in mid June, it’s when your pool is open and ready for business. The cost of resurfacing a pool might be something you’re less than anxious to consider, but it might be a necessary project. If your pool is showing signs of age, like discoloration, algae, or even cracks, understanding the process that lies ahead of you is important.

Key Signs That It’s Time to Resurface Your Pool

Things like the sun and a chemical imbalance can take a toll on your pool, but there are a few red flags when it comes to knowing that it’s time to resurface:

  • cracks in the surface,
  • discoloration – especially if it’s the concrete showing through the plaster,
  • more frequent and heavy duty cleaning,
  • and green spots from algae.

If you’re noticing one or all of these, it’s time to make a move.

Before you choose what you’ll resurface your pool with, it’s important to know what your pool is currently made of. Typical materials are plaster, aggregate in multiple finishes, and tile. You’ll want to professionally remove the current surface, so you’re not causing any additional damage or work for those putting in the new surface.

Resurfacing is replacing the top coat of your pool, which means you’ll need to fully drain your pool water. So it’s also important to note that you may need to contact your city’s planning commission to determine if a permit is needed and to determine where you should drain your pool water. Once you have successfully planned to remove the current surface, it’s time to choose your new look.

Pool Resurfacing Cost by Finish Type

The cost of resurfacing a pool could get out of hand quickly, so it’s important to set yourself a budget and work within it. But in order to set a realistic budget, here are the most popular surfaces and some of the costs associated with each.

Plaster is Budget Friendly

Plaster is the least expensive pool surface option. It typically ranges from $3 to $4 per square foot, and leaves your pool with a smooth, clean appearance. Your plaster top coat should last you approximately 5 to 7 years before noticing any chipping, cracking, or other signs of aging. Which means you’re also getting a lot of life for the price.

Plus, plaster comes in many different color options. White is the most popular, however, colored pigments like grey can make the water appear to be a beautiful blue.

Choosing an Aggregate Based on Cost

Aggregate finishes are a mixture of plaster and pieces of quartz, granite, river stones, or glass beads. This type of finish comes in two types: polished and exposed. A polished finish contains small pieces of colored granite, quartz or glass beads underneath a top coat. Conversely, the exposed finish has hand placed quartz or granite that stick out from the plaster.

Aggregate provides a harder more resistant surface from things like chemicals and sun and the small pieces of quartz or granite do more than just give a decorative sheen, they extend the life of the plaster 12 to 20 years. But which of these finishes is best? Well that could depend on how much you’re willing to spend.

An exposed finish is less expensive than a polished finish. You could save $1,000 to $2,000, depending on the size of your pool, by choosing an exposed finish. Aggregate finishes can be considerably more expensive than plaster finishes, too. It’s likely that you’ll spend almost double for this more colorful pool surface.

The Cost of Resurfacing a Pool With Tile

The most durable pool finish is tile. Bonus, it’s also the easiest to clean. Tile allows the water to appear more reflective while bringing elements of glamour. Because there are so many different tile sizes, colors, designs, and finishes to choose from, this particular resurfacing material has a wide price range. Tile pool resurfacing costs can range from $4 per square foot, to well over $30.

It’s important to note that tile is not only the most expensive material to resurface with, but it’s also the most expensive during installation and repairs. So if you’re open to paying a little extra to give your pool a one-of-a-kind, luxurious look, tile is worth the cost.

Hiring a Professional to Resurface Your Pool

Due to the unique materials and tools needed to resurface, most homeowners opt to hire a professional. So while you’re considering materials as part of your project budget, you’ll also want to factor in labor costs. Calling the experts at GPS right away can get you an idea of what a resurfacing project would cost overall.

The process of resurfacing can also take a significant amount of time depending on your pool size, so always factor in a minimum of one week without your backyard pool. But once the project is done, you can expect at least five years without having to consider another large project like this one. Take care to extend the life of your pool surface by keeping up with regular pool maintenance like skimming, vacuuming, and brushing.

Call Us For Your Resurfacing Project

GPS Pools has you covered when it comes to your next big pool remodeling project. You won’t have any unknown pool resurfacing costs to worry about because we’ll walk you through the process, step-by-step, to ensure your style and budget needs are met. And you can feel good about everything we suggest, as we only use top quality materials that we would use in our own pools.

To set up an appointment or learn more about resurfacing, contact us today.

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