Pool resurfacing is an efficient and affordable way to enhance the lifespan, health, and beauty of your investment. But with so many surface types to choose from, knowing which one is right for your pool can be tricky. To help you make an informed choice here is a quick breakdown of the best products to resurface a pool, which includes their distinct drawbacks and benefits.
Marblesheen pools are constructed with a concrete shell and a 5 – 20mm thick finish on top, complete with white marble chips embedded in the white cement.
When properly maintained, a marblesheen surface can last for an impressive 12 to 15 years or more. You can also colour the surface in a wide variety of bright, vibrant, and subtle tones to complement the surrounding area.
Despite its long lifespan and good looks, marblesheen does have its drawbacks. The surface itself is not waterproof, which makes it prone to several issues such as rust, hairline cracks, stains, rust stains, algae, and a loss of adhesion.
Age is another important factor. Why? Because any marblesheen surface installed prior to 1980 may contain asbestos. This is because asbestos was once added to extend the life of the product. Therefore, any marblesheen surface older than 40 years will need more than just resurfacing, but also a professional asbestos removal.
Pros: Long lifespan, wide variety of colours
Cons: Non-waterproof, prone to wear-and-tear, older surfaces may contain asbestos
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Pebblecrete pools are comprised of small stones or glass beads that give your pool a natural look combined with a durable, non-slip surface. The surface is naturally polished to provide a smooth feel that is gentle on your feet. Smaller stones and beads provide an even smoother finish than large ones. Furthermore, their natural appearance gives the pool an elegant touch that few other surfaces can replicate.
Some low quality pebblecrete finishes can be rougher than they ought to be, making the surface feel abrasive. The surface is also porous and non-waterproof, so it requires a high level of care and maintenance in order for the surface to remain clean, fresh, and pleasing to the eye. A proper chemical balance is especially vital to a healthy pebblecrete surface.
Without proper care, pebblecrete can develop black algae, calcium (in the form of white drips), deep stains that burrow beneath the surface, and cracks.
To keep your pebblecrete pool in pristine shape, while saving you time, hassle and energy on doing it yourself, let an expert pool resurfacing company like Blue Diamond Pools take care of it for you.
Pros: Natural and elegant look, wide variety of stone and bead combinations, relatively gentle on feet
Cons: More abrasive than other surface types, porous, non-waterproof
At the risk of sounding immodest, fibreglass is one of the best products to resurface a pool.
Why? Because it has been a popular type of pool finish for over 40 years due to its strength, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. The surface is easy to install and visually appealing, making it a hassle-free option that looks great in any indoor or outdoor pool setting. In addition to this, fibreglass is gentle on feet and non-porous. This means there is less chance of damage such as stains, cracks, bacteria, algae and black spots.
Furthermore, fibreglass is available in a range of bright and vibrant colours, including more subdued white and pastel tones. Not to mention, the finish acts as a thermal layer between the surface and the water, which makes the water noticeably warmer in winter yet still cool in summer.
With proper care and maintenance, a fibreglass finish can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years, making it a highly worthwhile investment that will last for ages.
Pros: Extremely long lifespan, non-porous for enhanced durability, customisable, and gentle on feet.
Cons: Surface does gradually get more porous over time which makes it prone to black spots, osmosis, and hairline cracks.
These are just some of the most popular pool surface products available on the market. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the differences between each surface, which will help you choose the right surface for your pool.
Of course, if you have any questions or queries, get in touch with Blue Diamond Pools today. Our team of pool painting and resurfacing experts will be happy to discuss your needs and recommend a custom solution for you.