Having a pool is both a luxury and a responsibility, and the financial costs don’t end after the initial installation. Whether you have moved into a home with an existing pool that needs repair, or it has been a while since your pool has had a makeover, you’ll need to look into pool resurfacing and consider how much that will cost.
Signs It’s Time To Resurface Your Pool
If you are maintaining a quality in-ground pool, it is in your best interest to hire pool service professionals in order to assure that your pool stays in the best possible shape. But even with a lot of attention to the pools, the need to replaster and/or retile your pool will be necessary eventually.
Red flags include:
- Plaster discoloration
- Rust and other stains
- Rough surface
- Peeling and flaking of plaster
- Cracks in the pool structure or steps
- Fiberglass problems
Costs Associated With Resurfacing a Pool
Most of the time, swimming pools should be replastered every five to ten years. Maintaining proper chemical levels can help you get as much use as possible before this step is needed. Replastering will usually cost $5,000 or more on average for a 1,000 square foot pool, including the labor. If damage is minimal, a cheaper alternative of repainting a pool surface with epoxy might be an option. However, repainting will not last as long as replastering.
For some, plaster is not an adequate option, and they prefer a more stylish and longer-lasting option of tiling a pool’s surface. Tiles come in porcelain, ceramic or glass, with each option more expensive than the last. The most expensive, glass tiles can run around $25 per square foot, and in every case labor usually runs $45 per hour or more. You’ll want to make sure whoever does the job is a dedicated professional and committed to a job well done. Visit Angi, formerly Angie’s List, to compare costs and qualifications to find the best pool remodeling company for the job.
If you have a vinyl pool, resurfacing costs are the most affordable because it technically amounts to replacing the liner.
Prepping Your Pool for Resurfacing — How Much Can You Do Yourself?
The cost of resurfacing a pool can sound like a big expense, and keeping up on maintenance can help keep those costs under control. See that your pool is properly drained and cleaned to get a proper baseline for whatever type of resurfacing is needed. It can be tempting to try and do everything yourself, but mistakes are easy to make if you aren’t professionally trained, and in some cases, you can wind up spending even more money, as well as your own valuable time. If you do invest in tiles for your pool, replacing an occasional tile may be doable, but anything major should be left to a professional.