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How Do I Know if My Pool Needs Replastering?

With summer fast approaching, you’re probably hoping to get some serious use out of your pool this summer. However, if you’ve had your pool for a while or you use it frequently, you’ve probably noticed a bit of wear, or maybe minor damage, appearing on its surface. Not only does this make your pool look tired and uninviting, but it can also cause cracks and leaks to occur over time.

If you want to revamp the look of your pool and ensure it’s structurally sound for the warmer weather ahead, pool replastering is a great idea. But what does this mean? And when does your pool need replastering? The team at Miller Pools is here to answer all your questions.

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What is pool replastering?

Pool plaster is a protective layer that acts as the final, waterproof seal for your pool. As a general rule, your pool needs replastering every ten years, but this can vary depending on the frequency of use and maintenance. Pool replastering is when you strip away the old plaster from your pool and replace it with a fresh layer. 

Many people tend to assume resurfacing and replastering are the same thing and use the two terms interchangeably, however, these processes differ slightly; resurfacing involves applying another layer directly over the existing one rather than removing it.

4 signs that your pool needs replastering 

  • Rough texture: Your pool surface should be smooth to the touch, so if you notice any rough patches or bumps then this indicates that the plaster has deteriorated.
  • Staining and discoloration: If your plaster has worn away then you might notice stains appearing. These are typically caused by calcium, copper, and salt deposits and can discolor your water and make your pool look shabby.
  • Water loss: Plaster acts as a waterproof seal, so if you notice that the water level of your pool is a lot lower than you remember, this could be because of cracks and damage to the plaster.
  • Flaking or peeling: When plaster breaks down, it leaves flakes and a chalky residue behind, and the paint can also begin to peel away.

When is the best time of year to replaster a pool?

Generally, the best time of year to replaster your pool is during the spring or fall when the temperature is milder. If it’s too hot then the plaster may dry too quickly and crack; if it’s too cold then it will take longer to cure and might not adhere properly to the surface below.

However, this can vary depending on the climate where you live. Given that we’re blessed with warm weather all year round in Pasadena, Humble & Atascocita, TX, it’s also usually possible to replaster your pool during the winter months here. However, try to ensure that the work is carried out when the temperature is between 50°F and 75°F and on a day without wind or rain.

Pool replastering process

So how do you replaster a pool? This can be a lengthy and complicated process, so it’s best left in the hands of a trusted pool replastering expert like Miller Pools. The process is as follows:

  1. The pool must first be completely drained and then inspected for any cracks or areas of damage.
  2. Next, the surface will be prepared for replastering. This involves stripping away the old layer of plaster and applying a bond coat to create a surface that the new plaster can adhere to.
  3. After the bond coat has dried, the plaster is then applied by hand using a trowel.
  4. Once the final layer of plaster is on, any rough spots or bumps will have to be evened out. 
  5. Next, add water to your pool and enjoy! The new plaster will continue to cure for a few days, but don’t let this stop you from enjoying a long-awaited swim!

Is your pool in Pasadena, Humble & Atascocita, TX, looking a little tired? The team here at Miller Pools is here to help with our pool replastering service. Having been operating throughout the area for 25+ years, our knowledgeable technicians will ensure your pool is restored to exceptional condition in no time – get in touch to find out more.

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