“Cannonball!” Also known as the most popular way to jump into the pool.
What image comes to your mind from this one word? Was it a memory of swimming with your friends? Did it bring a smile to your face? Maybe you were having a contest to see who could create the largest splash?
Or maybe you were the one on the sidelines trying not to get wet, while you were working on your tan? Americans love our pools, so much, in fact, that swimming is the fourth most popular sport in the United States.
It’s no wonder that you chose to purchase a home with a pool! Maybe your pool is in rough shape, and you are worried you may have to rebuild it. Think again! You can breath new life into your pool with pool resurfacing!
Even if it needs a little TLC to spruce it up, your pool will be a source of many enjoyable memories to come!
Did you know that there are 10.6 million pools in the United States alone?! 50.6% of those pools are inground pools. Maybe you are looking at resurfacing your pool, but you’re afraid to take the plunge (pun intended)! Is it worth the investment?
We think it is! Your pool is a place for community building, memory making, and health maintaining. Not only that, but it adds value to your home!
Swimming Is Amazing For Your Health!
Did you know that swimming was ranked number two for fitness activities in the United States? It is no surprise, as swimming is fantastic for your health!
Up to 500 calories can be burned in just a quick hour of swimming. That means that swimming is one of the easiest ways to burn those unwanted calories. Plus, its a lot more fun than running on the treadmill!
Swimming strengthens more than just your muscles. It can also strengthen your joints. When this happens, the position of your spinal column improves, which means better posture!
Your “weight” is reduced by 90% thanks to water buoyancy. Thanks to water buoyancy, and its ability to counteract the force of gravity, swimming is a low impact sport. This means that there is very little stress on your joints.
As you enjoy the heated water in your pool, your pool is actually relaxing your muscles, which makes them more flexible. For those of us who enjoy other sports activities, lactic acid can build up in our muscles.
While swimming, your pool helps flush those toxins out, which means no more tight muscles after a workout.
Total Body Workout
The sport of swimming uses all the muscle groups in your body. Work on strengthening your core, and toning your arm at the same time! No more unbalanced (and boring) workout schedules!
What Are My Options?
Resurfacing your pool doesn’t have to be boring. This is a chance to add stunning detail to your backyard getaway. With the variety of resurfacing options now available, it is easy to find something that will work with your budget and decor needs.
Researching the pros and cons of each pool resurfacing option will help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Plaster is a great option for a tight budget, as it is the least expensive finishing option. Installation for plaster is not as complicated as other pool resurfacing options. This means less of a time investment for you and your family.
We love the smooth texture that plaster offers for your swimming pool resurfacing. Plaster also lends itself to some customization with color. Whether you want the vibrant aqua blue of the Mediterranean Sea, or prefer the deep rich blue of the ocean, it’s possible with plaster.
Due to the porous nature of plaster, it is the least durable of the finishing options. The porousness of plaster lends itself to staining, chipping, and wearing down in high traffic areas.
A fiberglass finish is a great option if durability is what you are looking for. Choosing this refinishing option will ensure that the surface of your pool will resist the effects of erosion and weather.
Fiberglass is more resistant to staining as well as algae buildup. This means you will have to invest in fewer chemicals over the lifetime of your pool for maintenance. Having a pool surface that lends itself to ease in maintaining proper water balance means less stress with upkeep.
Fiberglass may have a lower cost in maintaining it, but the upfront costs will be higher than that of plaster.
Choosing a tile resurfacing option allows you to add elegance and unique patterns to the surface of your pool. Tile lends itself to being highly customizable with color, as well as patterns.
Tiles have incredible durability and are simple to maintain. You can ensure a long life for this type of pool surface with regular maintenance. Proper chemical balance and the vacuuming or sweeping of your pool will allow you to enjoy this surfacing option for years to come.
Due to the versatility of tiles, and its ability to be customized, it is one of the most expensive options. You should expect to pay at least double of what you would pay for plaster.
An exposed aggregate pool surface is one of the most unique. Also known as a “pebble pool”, it uses ceramic coated stone or sand mixed into a plaster product. This is a great option if you want a textured pool surface.
Exposed aggregate lends itself to customization. You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, types, and colors of stone. Whether you want to feel like you are floating on a river, or add a splash of vibrant color, a “pebble pool” is a great option.
This type of pool surface, like tile, is very durable and has a long life span. Although it is durable, it will still require resurfacing at some point. Depending on the type of bead or stone used, it’s possible for them to pop off the surface of your pool.
Like tile, exposed aggregate is one of the most costly options. There is a possibility of calcium buildup with this option, however, with proper maintenance of your pool, it shouldn’t be an issue.
Questions to Ponder
There are many variables to consider when choosing to take the plunge into resurfacing or remodeling your pool. Like any large decision, you will want to take the time to truly determine what will be the best option for you. Some questions you should consider are:
How long will resurfacing my pool take?
When should it be done?
How much will resurfacing cost?
What surface should I choose?
Some projects are great for doing it yourself. DIY projects can be a great way to get your creative energy out. However, some projects are best left to the professionals.
Why Choosing a Professional is Important
Resurfacing your pool is a big investment! Like any large investment, you will want to make sure that it is done correctly. Save yourself a headache by speaking with a professional.
A professional will be able