Monday, June 26, 2017

Materials Involved In Pool Plastering



There are many materials that go into building an in-ground pool.  Few materials get as much attention as the pools plaster surface.  Plaster is the exterior shell of the pool.  It is the part that everyone sees and feels.  It is also the first place that people usually notice when it starts to deteriorate, cracks become noticeable and discoloration is visible.  Over the years we have learned some important tips regarding the maintenance and care for the pool’s plaster to keep it in top condition.

Fresh Plaster Maintenance

Your swimming pool installer will add chemicals that are required to initially balance the pools water.  They will then brush the plaster with a nylon-bristle brush which improves the quality of the plaster as well.  This will also prevent the buildup of calcium and other minerals within the pools water.

If you notice that you have fine sand grains deposited on the bottom of the pool this is more likely “precipitation” which is common with a newly installed pool or fresh plaster.  Our recommendation is to continue brushing the pool twice a day for the first seven days.

Your pool water and pH levels affect plaster.  It is crucial to the longevity and health of your pools plaster.  Pool water below 7.0 tends to erode & remove the smooth plaster surface.  Water that is above 8.0 contributes to the formation of scale and stains.

Calcium is another one of the key elements found in both your pool water and in your plaster.  A proper calcium balance is 250 ppm.  Too much calcium will cause deposits on the plaster of your pool.  Not enough calcium in the water may weaken the plaster.

Other Water Related Concerns

Dissolved Metal: Stains that cannot be removed with bleach are generally stains caused by metal.  When the water becomes saturated with any metal, like copper or iron, it will generally “precipitate” or fall out of solution in the form of a metal stain.  Copper stains usually reveal themselves as blue or blue-green splotches or streaks.  Iron will usually appear brown to black.  Check with your local pool specialist to purchase chemicals to help prevent these types of stains.

Mottling: Mottling can occur naturally in pools.  It is more evident in pools with colored plaster but not more prevalent.  There are strategies that can be put into place to lessen mottling including sequestering, chelating, or pH and calcium reduction.

Organic Stains: Plants that are near the pool area can often cause your plaster to become stained with tannic acid, which are brown, and chlorophyll stains, which are green.  Organic stains will not remain long due to the Chlorine bleaching them out.

Pound Pool Plastering repairs commercial and residential Gunite swimming pools including coping, tile and plaster repairs. For more information or to request a quote, visit us at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What to Know About Remodeling or Replastering a Pool

To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. This time, a Houzz expert explores what it takes to update an older pool design. If you’ve got a swimming pool that’s 20, 30 or even 40 years old, chances are it might be due for an update. Many of these pools were built of gunite, a mixture of cement, sand and water that was sprayed over a web of reinforcing metal bars, then topped with plaster. The water line was typically lined with tile and topped with coping. Concrete, stone or occasionally wood usually forms the decking that surrounds the pool. Project: Replaster or remodel a pool and update the surrounding landscaping. Why: The expected life span of the plaster applied to gunite pools ranges from 10 to 15 years — although good pool chemistry and maintenance may earn you a few years beyond that. When left white, the plaster allows the sky to reflect in the water, giving the water that aqua blue hue that many fondly associate with backyard swimming pools. You can refinish your pool with plaster again, but other choices are available now — and you might want to update the rest of the yard while you’re at it. In remodeling their swimming pool, a Dallas-area couple wanted to retain the bright aqua color they’d always associated with the water. This pool started out with brick coping and an exposed aggregate deck, popular when the pool was built. It also had a step-out defined by slotted steps in the side of the pool, and two metal handrails visible on the far side, which are not considered as desirable today. AFTER: The plaster was replaced with a fine aggregate mixture that has more tooth than typical plaster, but is not so rough as to be irritating on bare feet. The new concrete decking doubles as the coping and was broken into geometric sections divided by black pebbles. The new raised planter bed forms a backdrop and provides a spot for the fountain that spills a gentle ribbon of water into the pool. “The exposed aggregate of the original decking was hard on your feet,” says Chris Polito of Pool Environments. “And there are other products with larger aggregate that replace the plaster and are also hard on your feet, so we used a much smaller aggregate product called Wet Edge to replace the plaster.” This 1980s pool had the same materials as the previous example. AFTER: The coping was replaced by Oklahoma flagstone, and a new concrete deck was poured, creating a much more inviting appearance. The concrete was given a coordinating stone texture and was scored to make it look like pavers. “The lighter color of this stone and decking sheds heat well,” says Polito. The plaster was replaced by a darker aggregate, which also helps to highlight the stone. While the shape of this pool is different from the previous example, its features and finishes are the same. Replastering or remodeling your pool is a good project for you if you own a house with an aging pool and are able to invest in updates. Cost: If you are simply draining out the water and replacing plaster with plaster, you should be able to get it done for $5,000 to $10,000. But pool remodels can run into tens of thousands of dollars, and it’s not uncommon to spend more than $100,000 on an upscale remodel comparable to the ones shown here. Who to hire: If you want something special, consider starting with a landscape architect. Swimming pool contractors who specialize in pool remodels are your next step. Just be sure they have a significant portfolio of work and references. RELATED: Find the Best Landscape Architecture Firms Near You Typical project length: Depending on the complexity of your project, the process will likely take several weeks to complete. To guarantee completion by pool season, be sure to start your planning well in advance. Permit: It is highly likely that you will need permits for this work. You will quickly discover that your project will involve replacing at least one other component of your pool system, such as filters, heaters, lighting and more. Original Source: http://aquamagazine.com/features/what-to-know-about-remodeling-or-replastering-a-pool.html Original Author: Steven Randel, Houzz Original Date: June 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Maintain Your Swimming Pool with a Coat of Fresh Plaster

One aspect of owning a pool that is crucial to consider is the level of maintenance it takes to keep up on the swimming pool.  If you neglect to maintain your pool it will start to deteriorate over time.  Keeping the pools water balanced helps to protect the plaster which in turn keeps the pool looking as good as the day it was installed.  Improper water balance will slowly begin to eat away at the plaster.  The plaster will begin to break down, discolor, and become rough.
Plastering your pool is one of the more expensive aspects in maintenance.  In order to keep  your pools plaster in top shape for as long as possible it is important to balance the chemicals in the water, perform regular cleaning, and ensure that pool equipment is performing its intended job.    It is important to keep a constant eye on the pools plaster for clues that it needs a fresh coat of plaster.  Below we will discuss a few things homeowners should watch for.
  • The Pools Visual Appearance
The visual aspect of the pool is one of the first clues that homeowners will notice to indicate that it is time to think about calling a pool plaster company for a quote.  The visual appeal of a swimming pool is crucial when it comes to both residential pool plaster and commercial pool plaster.  No one will be interested in swimming in a pool that doesn’t look like it should.  Once you notice visual changes in your pool it is time to call in the professionals.
Not only will the visual appearance of the pool be affected the pools plaster surface will no longer feel smooth.  The texture will be rough and pitted.  Swimsuits will often start to snag on the bumpy edges.  Even walking across the pool can start to become uncomfortable.  If homeowners notice any of this occurring it is crucial to have your pool inspected by a professional plastering company because it has officially started to deteriorate.
  • Structural Defects In the Pool
Another sure sign that a pools surface is in need of a fresh coat of plaster is cracking, peeling, chipping, or chunks of plaster coming off.  These are all immediate signs that your pools plaster has seen better days and is ready to be redone.  Structural defects in the pools plaster can impact the pools usage thus the importance to get them taken care of when noticed.  If left untreated the defect will grow.  This could possibly lead to thousands of dollars in reconstruction repairs to the pool.  These are signs the pool plaster repair is imminent.
Performing regular maintenance on your pools plaster will increase longevity.  With proper maintenance a pools plaster surface can last upwards of twenty years.
Learn more about Pound Pool Plastering and their numerous pool plastering options including: pool resurfacing, plaster surfacing, commercial pool plaster, residential pool plaster, plastering swimming pools, tiling swimming pools, coping swimming pools, and more at www.pound-pool-plastering.com.  To contact our pool plastering specialists call 248.476.4544 today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Various Pool Plastering Options to Choose From

Much like nearly everything that’s used every day, swimming pool interiors age and wear out over time. They lose their grandeur and slowly, they begin to appear unattractive. And, while an ordinary individual will most probably resort to the standard pool plastering options, a smart, savvy fellow will not settle for less.
There are many varieties of pool and spa plaster options to choose from, thanks to the plastering companies’ pursuit to offer more attractive alternatives. From those with colored aggregates to those featuring polished aggregate surfaces; nearly all of them add visual interest while providing the durability it’s needed. So, if you are looking to plaster or re-plaster your swimming pool, carefully consider the following options.
Which swimming pool plaster?
A classic pool plaster regularly incorporates white cement, a marble aggregate or the same color and water. And, that's why you will love the emanating brilliantly clean surface. This option is often revered as the most economical option for pool surfacing.
When various color pigments and dyes are added, the homeowner automatically gives the pool a brand-new, cool look. It could be from a classic light blue look to any other shade, including a midnight blue hue. Tahoe Blue is a term that describes the most economical choice for many and perhaps a preferred pool color, although it takes an effort to attain it.
Modern pool plaster additives
Silicone shield
Added to the mix, a Silicone shield not only gives the pool a million-dollar look, but also extends its service life. In fact, a great feature with this product is the ability to enhance the pool’s durability while ensuring that the crisp look is never lost.
Coloring
Pool plastering can take into consideration a host of dying options. The dye is added to the mix, of course, in varying quantities and then used in plastering. While there’s no problem using as many different colors as possible, attaining the uniformity needed isn’t a mere feat. And, it takes lots of skill and expertise to get dramatic results.
Colored Quartz
For a better flair and ultimate results, colored ceramic coated sand often comes into place. The colored quartz chips create visual interest while offering more color choices, and makes the pool last longer. The petite substances can withstand chemical deterioration too.
Pozzolans
As much as they dramatically improve the working of the plaster, Pozzolans don’t alter the way your pool’s plastering looks. However, it preserves the plaster, protecting it from etching and mottling. In the end, the pool’s surface will be smooth and durable.
Further options to check out
  • Pebbled type surfaces - round polished colored aggregates, they are manufactured in diverse industries.
  • Polished aggregate surfaces - crème of pool covers, this option blends longevity, color, uniformity, and variations to offer what every pool owner probably yearns for.
Painting and fiberglass aren’t the finest options and need lots of research and studying before they’re used. However, everything depends with how you loving the look of your pool.
Pound Pool Plastering repairs commercial and residential gunite swimming pools including coping, tile and plaster repairs. For more information or to request a quote, visit us at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Surfacing In-Ground Pools With Plaster

There are a number of options when it comes to surfacing the interior of an inground swimming pool however plaster remain at the top of the popularity poll.  Pools range in color from classic white to a multitude of colors that suit that compliment the landscape.  Plaster remains an affordable option in pool finishing.  It is typically applied over a concrete base, known as gunite.
Pricing for plaster pools varies a great deal depending on where you are located.  When you look into hiring a company to plaster your new pool or to re-plaster an older pool there are a number of things to consider.  It is important, like in any home improvement project, to check contractor’s references before hiring them.  Ask to talk with individuals that have recently worked with the company to get their opinion on the work that was done, the customer service, work ethic, and professionalism.
Be wary of taking the lowest bid.  Be sure that the bids are all on an equal playing field.  Make sure all bids include the cost of materials, services and extras.  You need to be comparing bids based on an equal basis.  Lower bids may be the result of a contractor using lower quality materials that in the long run will affect the quality and longevity of your pool.
The most basic option in pool plaster, as stated above is, white plaster which is a combination of white cement, white marble aggregate and water.  This choice is the standard option that is included in most inground pool installations.  The classic swimming pool look including white pool plaster is the most affordable option for homeowners.  Before the numerous options available now-a-days white plaster was the only choice.  White plaster is seen in most commercial swimming pools.
The advantages of white pool plaster include that it is abundant, affordable and easy to install.  This is why it is such an attractive option.  The one drawback is that it tends to be a soft finish that is easily compromised by the effects of improper water chemistry in comparison to newer options such as aggregates and glass tiles.  Usually white plaster has a life span of five to seven years before homeowners will begin to notice pits and divots caused by erosion.   To expand the lifespan of your white plaster pool it is important to maintain the waters chemistry.
In our next installment on pool surface finishes we will look into options including colored plaster, quartz additives and glass tiles.
Pound Pool Plastering repairs commercial and residential gunite swimming pools including coping, tile and plaster repairs. For more information or to request a quote, visit us at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Resurfacing Your Gunite Swimming Pool

Residential pool owners don’t have any hard pressed rules to follow when it comes to how often they should look into having their pools plaster redone.  In commercial pool settings the general consensus is that the plaster needs to be redone every ten years.  Residential gunite pool owners need to be more conscience of the signs that their pool is in need of new plaster as the plaster is what helps to ensure the structural soundness of the pool itself.  Below are some signs residential pool owners need to keep an eye out for when it comes to redoing the pools plaster.

Staining

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have when it comes to their pools is that the plaster has visible stains.  No matter how meticulous a homeowner is when it comes to keeping the chemicals in the pools water balanced over time the plaster will show some staining.  Stains ruin the overall aesthetics of the pool.  If it has been a while since the pool has been plastered staining could mean it is time to consider looking into new plaster.  However, if stains are appearing only a few years after fresh plaster was installed then it is time to address the issue of where the staining is coming from.

Gunite Peeking Through

The structural shape of many pools is created from gunite which is a strong concrete type substance that provides the basin of the pool.  Plaster is then installed over the gunite to provide a waterproof protective barrier and visual appeal.  If the pools owners start to visually see bits of the gunite peeking through the plaster that is a sure sign that the pool is ready to have its plaster redone. 

Swimming Becomes Awkward

Sometimes the change in the pools plaster may not be visible.  If you notice that your feet are getting scratched or the surface feels rough to the touch it may be time to think about new plaster.  Another visual sign is when the pool surface starts to snag on bathing suits.  Rough plaster surfaces may be noticeable because of dirt deposits, cracking or patchy spotting.  If this is noticeable the pool should be freshly plastered.

Depending on the pool plastering company plastering a pool can cost anywhere between three and five dollars per foot.    With an average backyard pool being around one thousand eighty eight square feet it is safe to assume new plaster  will cost somewhere around four thousand five hundred dollars. 

Pound Pool Plastering repairs commercial and residential gunite swimming pools including coping, tile and plaster repairs. For more information or to request a quote, visit us at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter Care To Protect Your Pools Plaster

Winter pool care doesn’t end by just putting the cover on it.  Care must continue throughout the off-season to assure that when the pool is open in the late spring that everything comes together as it should.  In this installment on in-ground gunite pool carewe will share the top tips in off-season pool care.
  • Add an algae preventative to the pool water that will function throughout the winter. It is best to add the algaecide to the pool on the last day that the pool is being used for the season.  After the preventative is added to the water you should run the pools pump and filter for twenty four hours to allow for the chemical to fully circulate.  The goal in the end is to keep algae at bay during the off season.
  • As pool owners close their pools it is crucial to drain all of the water from the pump, heater and filter. The pipes and motorized mechanical systems of the gunite swimming pool are crucial to the operation of the pool.  If water freezes within the pipes they are apt to break.  This can be super costly and time consuming for the pool owner.
  • In order to keep your pool clean during the off season it is best that homeowners keep their pools covered. Not only will a pool cover keep out the dirt and debris that comes from leaves, snow and other off-season debris; it will also keep children and toddlers from entering the pool.
  • To make sure that your pool is ready for opening day in the spring it is important to add chlorine to the pools water. Chlorine should be added in the fall and when the water thaws in the spring.  Don’t add to much chlorine though as it can and will eat at the pools plaster if not kept balanced.
  • The responsibility of owning a pool doesn’t end when you stop swimming in it for the season. Life will be easier for you when you re-open the pool in late spring if when the pool is closed that you keep the cover protecting the pool clean.  Sticks, leaves, stones and such can easily accumulate on the pool cover if allowed.  It is important that pool owners take some time throughout the off season to remove the accumulated build up of debris in order to protect the pool surface.
It is important to keep up on preventative maintenance, as a pool owner, even when the pool is shut down for the season.  Keeping the pool in top shape is a lot less time consuming and costly if preventative maintenance is kept up on year round.
Pound Pool Plastering repairs commercial and residential gunite swimming pools including coping, tile and plaster repairs. For more information or to request a quote, visit us at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.