Resurfacing a Pool – When should you do it?

Resurfacing a Pool

Introduction to Resurfacing a Pool

Swimming pool resurfacing or pool plastering as it is sometimes called, both refer to a process that is essential to the longevity of your backyard oasis. There are many different issues to consider and options to weigh when resurfacing a pool. In this article we will walk through those points and provide you some insight to prepare you for your next pool resurfacing! Finally, if you’re wondering when you should resurface your pool, keep reading to learn more, the answer awaits!

Signs to Resurface your Swimming Pool

Asking yourself “Is it time to resurface my pool”? Below are a few, important indicators to keep an eye out for:


Maintaining proper pool chemistry requires the addition of a host of minerals and chemicals such as copper, calcium, sodium hypochlorite (aka chlorine), and salt – all of which can cause staining or bleaching to your pool’s surface. While stains can sometimes be removed with an acid wash, it is most often recommended to resurface your pool if they appear severe or you want a guaranteed result.

Flaking or Peeling

Flaking or peeling are not uncommon in older pools or those that have not been adequately treated and maintained over the years. If you notice flaking or peeling, the only way to repair the damage is to replaster that spot. However, if you replaster it, you’ll have an obvious color difference between the old and new materials. Thus, it is suggested that when any flaking or peeling appears, a complete pool resurfacing is recommended! Finally, it cannot be stressed enough – proper pool maintenance is the essential in preserving the life of your pool’s surface!

Visible Cracks

Small cracks may be hard to detect, but even the tiniest cracks on your pool’s surface are a warning sign. These cracks will continue to grow if left unattended, eating away at your pool’s surface material. The only way to fix them is by replastering the surface of the pool!

Rough Texture

As time passes, your pool’s surface material will become rough and begin to feel like sandpaper. While negligible at first, over time the feeling will become more intense and unbearable to your feet. There are a few potential band-aids for this issue (i.e., wearing water shoes in the pool), but the only true fix is a pool resurfacing! Newly resurfaced pools have a smooth, polished finish making them an enjoyable experience for your bare feet!

How Long Does a Pool Resurface Last?

Pool owners that have had their pools for some time often ask, “how long does a pool resurfacing last?” or “when should I resurface my pool”? It is recommended by most pool plaster manufacturers that the surface material be replaced every 5 to 10 years. However, there are many factors that can contribute to how long your pool’s surface will actually last. These factors include how consistent and how well you maintain your pool, what surfacing or resurfacing material was used, and whether your pool’s chemistry levels have been consistent. When contacting your pool resurfacing team SHOULD ask you for this history!

Pool Resurfacing Materials

There are many different material options to consider when resurfacing your pool. Homeowners often find it’s hard to sort through which is an upsell vs. which is actually a better product. Some claim claim (and may) last longer than others, but the single most important determinant is proper pool maintenance! No matter which finishes you choose, you want to ensure that your resurfacing choice comes from a reputable manufacturer. Additionally, most reputable manufacturers offer a guarantee which protect against chipping or flaking immediately after application! When an issue arises the manufacturer will replace the plaster if the material was faulty and it was not user error. Learn more about the two most popular pool plaster options below.

Diamond Brite, by SMG is the most popular brand in the pool resurfacing business. Its exposed aggregate finishes hold up well against harsh pool environments and its manufacturer is reputable and offers a best-in-class warranty. In addition, Diamond Brite pool finishes come in uniquely beautiful colors enhancing the overall aesthetic of your pool and backyard!

Florida Stucco’s Gem Finishes is also a very popular choice and similar to the Diamond Brite, offers a safe, slip-resistant, and non-abrasive pool surface. Florida Stucco also offers a best-in-class warranty which you can read more about here and contains a proprietary blend of additives that help to enhance strength and durability of its product. It is important to note that while Florida Stucco offers four different pool finishes, the Gem Finishes are the most consistent and reliable of the group.

To learn more about the pool resurfacing process and pool resurfacing cost, call the Miami pool experts at Alligator Pools. With over 35 years of swimming resurfacing experience, you can count on us. We take care of your pool as we would our own! Learn more about our services, and contact us today to get a free quote.