Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Pool Resurfacing

February 28, 2017

If your pool has seen several years, it is likely that it is showing signs of aging. Most common signs of aging include cracks, discoloration and blisters. If that is the case, you may need to resurface your pool. You will need to contact a professional for this task since it involves several steps not everyone is qualified to perform. If you are looking for a San Diego pool repair service, contact Payan pools.

Still, before you contact a contractor, you should familiarize yourself with the idea of resurfacing, as well as different aspects of the process, so you know what you want once the process starts.

What’s the pool made of?

Most modern pools are made in a roughly similar way. The shell of the pool is made of concrete, about 10 inches thick. This concrete shell is covered with gunite. On top of this construction layer comes the finish. There are various materials that can be used as finishes, and the quality and durability of the pool will depend on this. When resurfacing your pool, you are only replacing the finish layer, while the shell remains intact.

Pool plaster

The most common material for pool finish is pool plaster. Essentially, this is cement mixed with either marble sand or limestone. This mixture is fairly durable and gives the pool the necessary hardness as well as smoothness you expect from a pool. Pool plaster is the cheapest option for pool resurfacing. However, this price comes with a shorter duration than most other pool surfacing options. Pool plaster finish is expected to be fully functional for seven years when you are expected to resurface it again.

Pebble finish

Pebble finish is quite similar to the pool plaster finish. The key difference is that pebbles are added into the cement and sand mix. This small change brings about several differences. First of all, this finish is much more durable, typically expected to last up to twelve years, which is a significant improvement.

Additionally, it is more stain-resistant than plain pool plaster finish. Sadly, there are some downsides to this finish as well; the most important one being the price. Adding pebbles costs twice as much as the plain plaster finish. Also, due to the pebbles, the finish may feel a bit rough, especially if you are used to the plain plaster finish.

Quartz finish

Quartz finish is just a subtype of a pebble finish which uses; you guessed it; quartz stone instead of pebbles. The benefits and drawbacks are essentially the same, except the quartz provides much more colorful experience, and the durability of this material can go up to 15 years. So, basically, every benefit of a pebble finish, just done a bit better.


Fiberglass is used to resurface fiberglass pools. Essentially, regular concrete pools aren’t suitable for this kind of finish. On the other hand, fiberglass pools can get damaged over the years of use. The solution is fiberglass-based resins as well as special gels which coat the resin and make for a shiny and sturdy finish for your fiberglass pool.

Why contact a professional?

Some resurfacing jobs may seem easy enough, but you must remember that your pool is constantly in water, and water does not forgive mistakes or shoddy work. That is why you want to hire a professional who has experience in resurfacing pools. Payan pool is a premier San Diego pool repair service, as well as a qualified pool maintenance company with 30 years of experience. Contact Payan Pools today for all your pool-related needs.