There’s nothing like having a swimming pool in your house. Yes, it is true. They are excellent spaces for entertaining friends, family, and neighbors. Pools are spaces for the ultimate outdoor kitchens experience and you can even add a pool cabana house allowing guests to change, have a bathroom handy, and never track inside the home.
But, after been used for months and years a pool begins to show signs of wear. Cracks can appear showing that it is time for pool resurfacing. There is something very important to take into account when thinking of this process, and I refer to “hydrostatic pressure”, which is the element to which pools generally become susceptible to. The hydrostatic pressure is the force or weigh of the ground “leaning” into the walls of the structure and eventually, if there is enough pressure it can cause the pool to implode. This is one of the elements that can sabotage your pool resurfacing so you need to pay close attention to it.
You also need to understand the construction of your swimming pool if you want to prevent any problem. Now I will introduce the most common materials used for pool resurfacing.
Nowadays there are three essential construction materials: vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. You need to take into account the materials used in your pool to avoid a sabotage and failure in your pool resurfacing. Please note that if the structure is built from vinyl or fiberglass, no resurfacing is possible. Instead, you will require other repair measures especially applied to fiberglass and vinyl.
Pool resurfacing needs to take into account other critical points related to the materials. For instance, in-ground pools are usually composed by nonporous materials, so they will not accept a new coating unless it is conditioned using friction-based abrasion. You need to understand that and since the new surface will be exposed to relatively high levels of chlorine, you must select a new coating formulated to be resistant to the chemical’s corrosive effects in order to conceive a long-lasting pool resurfacing.
Other factors to be considered in pool resurfacing:
If your pool is surrounded in part or completely by a wood deck, it may also need to be replaced. There can be problems if you do not change the wood deck because the work will be incomplete. It doesn´t matter if you have to spend some extra money. You will invest in safety and aesthetics.
Other sabotage situation is the cost. It will always depend on the materials you select. Your project could be relatively inexpensive, cheap or expensive depending on this.
Steps of a standard pool resurfacing project:
-The pool is completely drained usually using a large sump pump. This can take from several hours to an entire day, depending on how big your pool is.
-The pool needs to be cleaned from top to bottom, with no debris being left anywhere inside or on the walls. This is a very important step on pool resurfacing because dirt and other debris can adversely affect the integrity of the re-coating material. This step can´t be done in a rush because it could serious sabotage the pool resurfacing project.
-Pressure washing is done next and thereafter. This takes about six to eight hours.
-When the pressure washing and drying time are complete, the surface will be abraded to promote adhesion.
-Any cracks or chips are filled using resurfacing materials
-The new coating is left to dry and cure. This can take about 24 hours.
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