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.
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.