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Pool Resurfacing Cost


How Much Does Pool Resurfacing Cost?

 
low costRe-plastering: $2,500-$5,500average costResurfacing with an Aggregate Finish: $3,500-$10,000high costComplete Pool Upgrade: $8,000-$22,000+
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Although an in-ground concrete pool is durable, over time its inner surface can chip, crack, fade or discolor. Refinishing or resurfacing can extend the life of a structurally sound pool by repairing surface imperfections.

Typical costs:

  • Re-plastering the interior surface of an average residential in-ground pool (10,000-20,000 gallons or 14'x28' to 16'x32' and 3.5'-5' deep) with standard white plaster or marble-dust plaster (marcite) typically costs $2,500-$5,500, depending on the size, depth and shape of the pool, and local rates. This does not include replacing waterline tiles or the pool deck.
  • Resurfacing with a pebble or quartz aggregate finish (like PebbleTec or Diamond Brite can cost $3,500-$8,500 for a rough finish or about $5,000-$10,000 for a polished finish, depending on the style and color.
  • A complete pool upgrade, including refinishing the interior surface, replacing the waterline tile and decking, and fixing any plumbing or electrical problems can cost $8,000-$22,000 or more, depending on size, local rates and what exactly needs to be done.
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What should be included:
  • Typically, after the pool has been drained (usually with a submersible pump) the existing inner pool surface is either acid etched several times or sandblasted/jack-hammered away; the area is treated to prepare it to bond correctly with the new material; and then the new surface material is applied. A time-lapse video[1] by CDC Pools in Arizona illustrates the resurfacing process.
  • Resurfacing typically takes three days, but a complete pool upgrade takes an average of 11 days, according to Southern Pool Plasterers[2] in Florida.
  • Although do-it-yourself is resurfacing is possible, it is a labor-intensive and demanding project, and most experts recommend against do-it-yourself pool refinishing.
Additional costs:
  • Refilling the pool with water and appropriate chemicals typically costs $15-$50.
Discounts:
  • Painting the pool surface with epoxy paint to restore its appearance can cost $1,200-$2,500 for do-it-yourself materials, or $3,000-$5,500 to have it professionally painted. Epoxy paint typically comes in two parts that must be applied quickly once they are mixed together; requires careful surface preparation (usually power-washing and acid washing, then rinsing thoroughly); and must be applied thickly, generally requiring two coats and possibly a primer first. If correctly applied, epoxy paint typically last about 6 to 10 years, while a plaster or aggregate surface can last 10-20 years or more, depending on pool water quality.
Shopping for pool resurfacing:
  • Decide on the type of resurfacing material that fits the pool and the budget. A&M Tile & Plastering in Texas describes pool surface pros and cons[3] .
  • Ask family, friends or the pool service for recommendations for a pool resurfacing company, or search for local members of the National Plasterers Council[4] .
  • Request and check references; if possible, view previous resurfacing projects by this company; verify that the company is properly bonded and insured; and search for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[5] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
StoneScape pebble resurfacing
Amount: $12,500.00
Posted by: Big mistake in San Diego, CA.Posted: August 24th, 2019 11:08AM
Size of Pool: 25x15 kidney 5’ deepType of Resurfacing: StoneScape
I drain my pool to rebalance new water and left it empty for a couple weeks. Plaster began to crack and pop off. Costly mistake for well performing 15-year-old plaster. Side job cost negotiated from $15,000 including coping repairs.
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pool was plastered, but uneven surface
Amount: $25,000.00
Posted by: phil marquez in saratga, CA.Posted: March 31st, 2018 04:03PM
Size of Pool: 41000 gallonsType of Resurfacing: plaster
surface is uneven, contractor claims walls will eventually be smooth by the pool water.is this true?
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Pool Resurface; New Waterline Tile; New Coping; Misc Plumbing
Amount: $10,995.00
Posted by: Mark W in Austin, TX.Posted: February 17th, 2016 08:02AM
Size of Pool: 30k gallons / 86ft circ - kidney shapedType of Resurfacing: Sparkle Quartz - Pacific
March 2016 - the input form hasn't been updated on this web site to indicate year 2016.
Coping - Leuders Chocolate limestone - selected and purchased by owner, delivered and installed by contractor (1-ton) - included in total cost indicated.
Standard water line tile.
Sandblast and resurface Sparkle Quartz.
Installation of new supply line for pool cleaner.
New fittings and deep end steps.
Several contractors bid on the job - all quotes within $9.5k to $11.5k. Some contractors offer more insight as to what is needed and offer a complete job, whereas others seem to skimp on small details like new fittings and hardware since the whole thing is apart. We selected the more thorough job with improvements (additional supply line and fitting) that was 5% cheaper than high bidder and seemed to be more knowledgeable and experienced.
Quoted directly from plastering company and separate bid from tile/coping contractor. We avoided using a pool maintenance company in a combined bid.
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Pool resurfaced about 5 years ago with Diamond Brite
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Cade Ledesman in Miami, FL.Posted: December 22nd, 2015 10:12AM
Size of Pool: 15x30Type of Resurfacing: Diamond Brite
Surface started to chip away on the floor of the pool. Eventually in large pieces. I had a pool cleaning service but perhaps it was due to poor chemical maintenance. I'm looking to repair but I don't know if it needs replastering or resurfacing. I think it needs replastering. :(
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cost to marble dust inground gunite pool
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Margaret Gualtieri in Long Island NY, NY.Posted: August 26th, 2015 07:08AM
Size of Pool: 18X38Type of Resurfacing: marble dust
We presently have called 18 businesses that do this work and my husband is a licensed contractor who does concrete/tile work so we ourselves are replacing all the swim line tile, and pool coping as well as some prep work around skimmers/drain etc. ...And your cost estimates are way off ..we have yet to get a price under $8,000 just for the replastering of our excellent condition,solid no cracks gunite pool
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External Resources:
  1.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykYX3vMQQ7Y
  2.  www.poolredo.com/faqs.html
  3.  www.amtile.net/selecting_pool_finish.pdf
  4.  www.npconline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37
  5.  www.bbb.org/en/us/search
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