Caring for your in-ground pool is not something that should be overlooked no matter what the season. Winter pool care is as important as pool maintenance is throughout the summer months. One of the most important elements to your in-ground unite swimming pool is the plaster overlay.
The pools plaster is what keeps the water from leaking out of the pool through the gunite, concrete, pool shell. If the pool were allowed to be filled without a proper plaster in lay the water would seep out through the porous concrete shell. The plaster element of the pool is both functional and decorative. Without the plaster the pool would not be as appealing to the eye. The plaster gives a clean interior finish to the pool. The plaster can be a variety of colors and textures. The texture in the plaster makes it so that the surface is non-stick.
Common Characteristics to In-Ground Swimming Pool Plaster
Plaster has its own texture. Plain, white plaster when installed feels like the outside of an egg shell. It is smooth but not slick. It will not feel like tile does when it is wet. Plaster does not have the polished, slippery effect when you have with tile.
The finish on your in ground pool is not meant to be flawless. Plaster is a product of artists and therefore when applied should be viewed as a unique piece of art. Plaster is applied by hand using a trowel.
When it comes to the construction of your pool the plaster is one of the most difficult parts of the project. This on top of the visibility is what makes it such an invaluable part of the construction. Don’t take short cuts or hire an inexperienced pool plastering company.
When your pool has a light installed you will notice more small imperfections in the pools plaster. They will be magnified by the light. Small imperfections, small cracks are normal and should not be cause for any concern.
When your pool is first installed it is advisable to keep the pool filled with water for the first two seasons. You will want to take extra precautions with the pool’s equipment throughout the winter to avoid issues. Keeping the pool filled allows the plaster to properly cure and age.
Pool plaster left without water is a disaster waiting to happen. If you must drain your swimming pool for any reason it is important that you waste no time in making the needed repairs and then refill the pool with water. The plaster on the pools surface should never go more than eight days without being full. After eight days the plaster is more susceptible to drying out and cracking.
Caring for your in-ground gunite pool plaster throughout all four seasons will ensure that your pool is fully functional throughout the swimming season.