Are you thinking of remodeling or resurfacing an in-ground concrete pool?

At Pearl Pool Plastering, we understand that there are a lot of questions you need to ask before you begin this project. Below are some answers to our most common questions.

What is the best time of year to remodel a swimming pool?

You can renovate your pool at any time of year(if temperatures are above 40 degrees); however, renovating your pool during the fall/winter months will ensure that your pool is ready for the summer!

How long will a pool renovation take?

This depends on how much work is being done to your pool. A simple re-plaster job may only take a few days, but refilling and rebalancing may require 7-10 days to complete.  We always do our best to approximate the timeframe required for the work we perform, BUT we sometimes run into unforeseen issues when working on a remodel (i.e. pool plaster needs to be removed due to years of poor water chemistry, or coping &/or tile is falling off but was not evident during the initial consultation).

What constitutes a renovation?

  • Resurfacing of the pool’s interior (new plaster, pebble, or other interior pool finish).
  • Waterline tile replacement or repair.
  • Installing more efficient pumps, heaters and filters
  • Updating lighting including switching colors of lighting
  • Pool Coping Repair or Complete Replacement
  • New decking (concrete, textured surface, pavers, stone, etc.)
  • Specialty features such as waterfalls, fountains, sprayers, slides, robotic pool cleaners, automated controls and remotes, pool covers

How will I know it’s time to renovate my pool?

For most customers, pool problems arise that indicate it’s time to remodel. Renovations typically revolve around resurfacing, re-coping and updating tiles. Here are a few common issues we see:

  • Plaster is rough on feet or bathing suits
  • Plaster is discolored or cracked
  • Tiles are outdated, discolored, damaged or falling off
  • Coping is damaged.
  • Pool has cracks or leaks (repairing without resurfacing can be unsightly!)

What should I expect during the renovation?

While our crews make every attempt to minimize the impact upon the area surrounding your pool, a remodel site can be dusty and fine particles can travel long distances, depending on the wind and other factors; therefore, we recommend that pool furniture and potted plants be moved away from the pool area before construction begins and remains in a safe location while construction is in progress. We also highly recommend that all windows be kept shut near the pool for the duration of the pool remodel.

Other items to consider when contemplating a renovation include the following:

  • Access to your pool is critical to maintaining timelines. If we have restricted access, this could impact the time necessary to complete your pool renovation.  Our crews will need unfettered access to your pool from start to completion, but we do our best to provide ample notice prior to a new phase of work beginning on your pool.
  • Each of our crews are trained to perform specific pool remodel functions; therefore, it is not unusual for a crew to be scheduled on more than one job in a day. Depending on where the pool is and relative to the schedule, it is quite normal to see people arrive at mid-day or even in the late afternoon. Generally off days are planned to allow material to fully dry before the next phase of construction or to provide schedule spacing in the event more time is needed for phase completion than anticipated.

What should I expect after the renovation?

Once the interior pool finish has been applied, it is critical not to stop the water from filling the pool until it is COVERING THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE WATERLINE TILE.  After pool is full, place the hose in the bottom of the spa until full. Do not use “fill line” or “auto fill” to fill. Make sure water source is not connected to a softener or a well as either of these could be detrimental to your newly installed pool finish.

Pearl Pool Plastering HIGHLY recommends hiring a professional to balance your pool chemistry and to help take care of your pool upon completion.  However, we can provide step-by-step instructions for any pool owner that wants to take care of the pool themselves.  The pH, Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness are extremely important to the proper curing of your pool finish.  If you are not comfortable taking care of the pool during the initial start-up period of 28 days, we can recommend options for pool service professionals in your area.