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What Is the Cost Of Resurfacing A Pool?

Owning a pool can be very luxurious during the hot summer months and is a great way to relax and cool off. It is not however enjoyable to get in and out of the pool and get scraped by the rough sides of the pool or when the water begins to turn an unpleasant or strange in the least color because of the reflection from the damaged pool floor. If these situations sound familiar, it may be time to begin looking at options for resurfacing the pool. To begin, we will discuss just how much to budget for when its time to resurface your swimming pool.

What Causes Pool Surface to Get Damaged?

When pools are first constructed, they are beautiful structures that bring beauty to your back yard however over time, chemicals and sun exposure will take a toll on it. Proper chemical balancing is key to extending the life of your pool plaster. Having low calcium levels and hard water stabilizers will damage the pool’s finish and create worn spots. It is also important to be conscious of the pools water levels since the water helps hold the pool together and creates a layer of protection.

Pool Resurfacing Pricing

There are many of factors that with influence the cost range for resurfacing a pool with items such as location, size of pool, and the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. Location is a large aspect in pricing considerations since areas that are warmer climate often have a larger quantity of people who have them. This allows for many more pool contractors to be in the area with supplies nearby so shipping costs will be less. With more contractors also in the area, the competition will also drive pricing down. The size and condition of course will fluctuate and the larger or more repair that needs to be done, the more hours a professional pool plaster company will have to spend more hours in labor to seal the cracks and remove damaged plaster from. If deciding to do a DIY plaster resurface this could potentially also change the amount of money that will need to be spent on the project. On a average, plaster resurfacing will range $5 to %7 per square foot for materials and labor cost typically is between $400 to $565 for about 6 hours’ worth of work.

Hire A Professional or DIY?

A question to ask yourself is if the savings of a DIY project outweigh the advantages of hiring a professional pool plaster company to do the resurfacing of your swimming pool. The resurfacing process entails an extensive amount of time, specializes tools, and qualified product materials that many suppliers will only sell to other professionals. Many DIY pool owners will not be able to find these materials from a local hardware store which is why many choose to hire pool plaster companies to complete the pool repairs. Regardless if choosing to take on the pool plaster yourself or leave to a professional, it is wise to know the basic steps in the resurfacing procedure.

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at https://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Starting Up Your Pool After New or Refinished Plaster Is Done

The start up procedure for a pool that has new plaster or had the plaster resurfaced is very important to guarantee that the plaster cures properly. Having a professional plaster company or builder to handle this process is the best option but understanding the process and being involved with the maintenance of your pool with benefit your pool’s over all life. Before making any start up tasks on your own, be sure to ask your plaster company for recommendations and be sure that anything done on your part will not void the warranty provided by them.

 

Steps to Follow During Set Up

 

  1. Fill up the pool as fast as possible without stopping at any time. The use of additional hoses to speed the process can be beneficial. If the pool is only partially filled and process is stopped, a line will be left from the water level and be very difficult to be removed without doing an acid bath. The water from the hose should not spray directly onto the fresh plaster as well.
  2. Once pool is full, add a dose of sequestrant for startup. The use of sequestrant is to act as an aid when locating Iron and other metals that are hard to detect otherwise. These metals can cause staining on new plaster that are difficult to remove so by using this product it acts as a precaution for this.
  3. Do not operate the heater for a 2-week period after filling the pool. It is typical for new plastered pool to create a lot of plaster dust that can cause clogs in tubing of the heater. By passing the heater will avoid the risk of damage to it during the 2 weeks start up.
  4. Refrain from swimming in the pool until the water is properly balanced. After the pool is fully filled with water, run tests using test kits to verify the water is clean and non-acidic.
  5. It is best to not use any automatic cleaning system during the first 2 weeks. Proper cleaning by brushing the entire pool twice a day during the first week. After the first week switching to a once a day routine for the remainder of one month should be done on the whole plaster surface. Starting at the top of the walls and working towards the bottom starting from shallow end to the deeper. This process will help with removing any loose plaster dusts left behind from the install.

 

The above directions for new plaster or resurfaced plaster start up are basic and generic instructions given for any type of pool however there are 3 specific start up methods a builder may use that has separate rules to follow. These methods include; acid, traditional, or biocarbonite. Be sure to ask your builder or pool plaster company for guidance since variations of steps can be done and the professionals are always the best advice to follow for your own specific pool and conditions.

 

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at https://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Planning A Gunite Plaster Pool

The HEAT is here, it is FINALLY summer in Michigan!  This is when homeowners start to envy the neighbors who are sipping fruity beverages while lounging in their resort like back yard swimming pools.  Of course, mid-July is not exactly perfect timing to start planning for a swimming pool installation to enjoy this season.  It is, however, the right time to start researching, planning, and interview pool plaster professionals for your dream to be a reality next summer!  It is important to make sure you know exactly what you are getting into when you decide to have a plaster swimming pool installed.  This article from the CantonRep online, “Do Swimming Pools Add Value to Homes?” provides some very valuable information to homeowners just starting the research process and deciding if a Gunite pool is right for them.  If you are interested in a consultation to discuss your inground swimming pool dreams call us today 248.476.4544. A Pound Pool Plastering team member will gladly assist in answering any questions you may have!

Signs Your Pool Needs Resurfacing

Is your pool in need of some extra love and extreme maintenance? Do you know the signs that your swimming pool is giving you that it may be time for resurfacing?  Some our obvious, some not so much.  All in all, your Gunite swimming pool is very helpful in telling you it needs some attention.  Below are five signs that your pool could stand some help from a resurfacing service like the professionals at Pound Pool Plastering. 

 

Flaking, Peeling Layers of Plaster

 

Have you started noticing the plaster of your pool or spas starting to peel on the steps or floor?  This is known as spalling in the pool industry.  Pool water with a low PH or low calcium causes spalling.   When this occurs, there is no way to properly repair the issue.  When spalling is noticed the pool or spa needs to be resurfaced or re-plastered.

 

Surface Stains

 

There are a number of culprits for surface stains including copper, calcium and salt.  These issues cause a grayish blue discoloration.  The pool industry calls this phenomenon topical stains.  These topical stains stick to the surface of the plaster.  Stains can be cleaned with an acid wash however this needs to be performed with extreme caution.  If stains are severe re-surfacing may be the only way to get rid of the stains. 

 

Roughness

 

When your pools plaster is no longer smooth it is a sure sign that it is time to call us.  Chemicals eat away at the pool surface causing roughness as well as extra calcium deposits.  When the surface starts to feel more like sandpaper than silk it is time to have the plaster resurfaced.  No one wants bloody feet after swimming. 

 

Check Cracks

 

It is hard to see check cracks but if you look closely you will notice cracks that appear to look like a spider web.  Some people say check cracks look like what an egg looks like when it cracks.  These cracks are a natural part of hydrating cement but are more noticeable when the pool is drained, and the sun is shining on it.  With the pools plaster expands and contracts with chanced in temperature changes small cracks in the plaster grow.  The only way to get rid of these cracks is to re-plaster the pools surface.

 

Discoloration

 

When you first had your pool installed it was a beautiful white, blue, or gray finish but today when you looked out you noticed it was no longer the lovely shade you originally loved.  Instead it is streaked with white streaks and spots, the plaster is being bleached out.  It usually starts on the steps of the pool and slowly moves to other areas of the pool plaster.  If this is an issue for your pools plaster when having the plaster redone it is important to choose a more durable plaster finish such as pebble as it doesn’t discolor as easily as plaster alone.

 

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at https://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Don’t Jump Into The Deep End Of Pool Ownership Before You Do Some Research

We don’t always have an option when it comes to the installation of a swimming pool because sometimes the homes of our dreams come with them.  It is one of those situations where you find the perfect home and although you never thought you would own a pool there it sits.  Of course, visions of family and friends and blue water swarm your head but soon sets in the reality that the pool has to be brought up to date.  If you “inherit” a pool that has not been opened for the season you may find it is in much need of repair and maintenance before it can be.  In this installment from Realtor.com, “I Bought a House With a Pool, and Wow, Was I in Over My Head!” homeowners can learn 5 valuable lessons from a homeowners who learned these lessons the hard way.

It is crucial to remember that it is not an inexpensive venture.  Pool ownership can be quite costly and requires a great deal of consideration before “jumping in the deep end”.  We specialize in new pool plaster and re-plastering swimming pools of all shapes and sizes, commercial and residential.  If you find your plaster pool could use some special attention, we have you covered.

Materials To Choose For Your Plaster Pool

Whether you are classic and want something clean and straightforward, like a simple white plaster, or you want multiple colors which can be found with pebble finishes, or something in between there is something available to fit your need.

 

With summer right around the corner many people have begun to consider the shape their pools plaster is in, and others are starting to think about installing a new plaster pool.  Whichever situation describes the one you are in; Pound Pool Plastering is here to help.

 

Our pool plaster finish specialists understand the benefits and drawbacks that come with every surface product available for your plaster pool finish.  There is a lot of information to digest, especially if you are new to the pool scene, which means it is crucial to find a pool plaster company that fully understands the pros and cons of different plaster materials.  Our pool surface coordinators are experts in communicating with clients throughout the process from choosing a finish through to the day the water is filled.

 

Pool plaster is a unique element in that it is always submerged in water that is treated with chemicals.  It is different than other types of plaster materials.  Use the following as a guide when discovering more about different pool finishes.

 

Simple White

 

White pool plaster has been a standard finish for many pool and spa surfaces.  For as long as people have been swimming and soaking, white plaster has been around and remains a popular choice even with the introduction of new materials.  The strength of white plaster is that it offers a clean, light, blue appearance when the water fills the pool. 

 

It is also more affordable than other plaster options.  The concern with white pool plaster is like that of all plaster concerns in that if the chemicals within the pool are not properly maintained you can expect a change in the plaster’s appearance.  With white plaster these may stand out more than they would with a colored plaster.

 

Plaster Additives

 

Some pool owners choose to use plaster with additives added.  These additives hide the imperfections that come with time from white and colored plaster alone.  These highly innovative chemical additives are combined with the plaster before the application process.  The additives change the physical and chemical composition of the plaster and essentially strengthen the plaster, making it more durable without having to sacrifice the aesthetics and texture.  These additives do tend to add to the overall cost of the plaster but added longevity may make it worth it.

 

Aggregates

 

Another option is aggregate.  This is a special ceramic coated sand that is pre-mixed into the plaster.  There are many benefits to aggregate. 

 

It offers a wide range of color options from basic beige to vibrant greens.  It also creates a surface that is stronger than white plaster alone.  It is the most expensive pool plaster variant and can be susceptible to surface issues if the water chemistry is off.

 

There are a ton of variables to consider before choosing a material/finish for you pool!  Call the experts at Pound Pool Plastering today for a free in home consultation at (248) 476.4544. Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at https://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/

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The Right Time To Open Your Swimming Pool In Michigan

Boy was this winter long and cold!  The deep freeze we endured makes the amazing weather we are having a real treat.  It also encourages us to get outside and start prepping for summer.  Let’s be honest, the other day when it reached 75 and we had to slather ourselves in sunscreen what we really wanted was to jump into our backyard pools.  This leaves many of us wondering exactly when the best time is to open our pools for the summer.  Is April too soon?

 

In Michigan, when you open your pool is less about the month of the year and more about the consistency of the temperatures.  When temperatures start to consistently stay warm and the threat of snow has passed it is the perfect time to open your pool. 

 

It’s important not to wait too long into the change of the season as algae and pollen issues can occur.  When the water in your pool is left stagnate and not allowed to circulate algae and pollen can build up.  Although there isn’t a certain month in which you should open your pool, it is important to open your swimming pool as soon as the temperature stabilizes.

 

Opening your swimming pool doesn’t need to be a stressful process.  With a bit of pre-planning most homeowners can easily open their pool on their own.   Of course, if you aren’t interested in going through the work there are local swimming pool contractors that offer these services. 

 

The process to open a swimming pool whether it is an in-ground Gunite plaster pool or above ground vinyl lined pool is basically the same.  One difference however is the inspection of the pool construction. Plaster pools may require resurfacing before they are opened if cracks are evident or rough plaster is present. Resurfacing a plaster pool is quite complicated and is best left up to professional pool plasterers like the experts here at Pound Pool Plastering.

 

Pool opening procedures however basically remain the same.  This process includes:

 

  • Remove debris and water from the pool cover
  • Take the pool cover off
  • Hook up the pools pump, filter, and heater
  • Add water if it is not at the proper level
  • Test the water
  • Add chemicals based on the pool waters analysis
  • Put ladders and railings back up
  • Inspect pool fencing and gate locks

 

Companies that service swimming pools or provide pool plastering or re-plastering services become quite busy during the warmest months of the year.  If you suspect that you will need professional pool services, it is important to schedule them early in the season especially if you suspect your pool needs a fresh coat of plaster. 

 

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Things You Need To Get For Your Pool

A pool is a great thing to have in your backyard to cool off during those hot summer days. But no matter if you built your pool this year, last year, or ten years ago, the important thing to have are tools that will allow you to properly clean it and take care of it.

But what are the things that you need that will be the difference maker for it? In this article, we are going to talk about the things that you need to get for your pool to remain in top notch condition.

1. Water Test Strips

Water test strips are very important tools that allow you to test the water of your pool. A great rule of thumb is to test the water at least once a week. Regular water testing allows you to know when to add chemicals to your pool to prevent bacteria and algae from inhabiting it.

Another way to do this is to take a sample of the pool water and take it for testing at your local pool supply store, but all of us know how inconvenient that sounds. So one way to stay convenient is to buy water test strips and test the water yourself.

2. Variable Speed Pump

A variable speed pump is the best tool you can buy to save on operating costs for your swimming pool. A pool pump is an extreme necessity for your pool because it is the heart of the swimming pools circulation system. A basic pool pump can cost you a lot of money in terms of maintenance. But the best variable speed pool pumps can save you up to 90% of costs due to the motor that operates on much lower speeds.

3. Pool Shock

Our pools can become pretty nasty places where human skin cells, oil, and other nasty microbes call home. One way to dispose of such microbes is to use pool chemicals, and of all those chemicals a pool shock is the most important one.

Whenever you notice that your pool starts smelling funny, or something similar like a hotel pool, then It’s time to take out the pool shock and sanitize your pool. A pool shock will kill off any harmful bacteria, algae, and remove skin cells, oils, and various microbes that inhabit your pool.  Of all the pool shock types, make sure to choose one made for calcium hypochlorite to prevent that dreaded pool smell.

4. Algae Brush

Every pool requires taking special care of. That means removing the disguising algae that inhibit it. But to remove these algae, you would need the proper tools to do it. So for that reason, you need to buy an algae brush. An algae brush has stainless steel bristles that can easily remove and break algae from the walls, steps, and any other place they might be hiding. An algae brush is a very convenient pool maintenance tool that is easy to use, will save you money, and will save you a lot of time. Did we mention stainless steel brushes, why? Well, stainless steel is best for concrete or gunite pools, but if your pool has a vinyl liner, make sure to buy a brush with nylon bristles to avoid damaging it.

Original Source: https://thefrisky.com/things-you-need-to-get-for-your-pool/

Original Date: April 1 2019

Written By: Petar Mikonoss

Common Mistakes That Occur in Pool Maintenance

We all make mistakes when it comes to maintaining our homes and our pools are not exempt.  When caring for your pool a simple mistake while adding chemicals can take the pool out of commission for weeks.  Unfortunatly however, mistakes in maintaining your pool occur both big and small.

Large mistakes in caring for your swimming pool turn into valuable lessons to learn.  Pool maintenance education is imperative to prevent mistakes and in turn your pool is safer, cleaner, and more efficient without extra frustration on your end.

One of the biggest mistakes pool owners make is with the addition of a chemical commonly referred to as pool shock, a large dosage of chlorine. When dosages of chlorine are too high your pool water will essentially bleach out the color of your clothing.  Although you technically can’t over-shock the pool it can cause issues with more than your clothing.  Too much chlorine can lead to pitted plaster, vinyl liner discoloration, or brittle tile pieces breaking off.

One way to ensure this doesn’t occur is to dissolve the shock chemicals in a bucket of water prior to shocking the pool.  This allows the shock chemical to disperse more evenly throughout the water and in turn protects the pools finish.  As a norm, in pool maintenance a good rule to follow is to dissolve chemicals thoroughly before adding it to the pools water.

Another common mistake when owning a pool that homeowners make is that they don’t take the necessary time or care when brushing and vacuuming your pool.   A good brushing pushes the build up out into the water and settles on the bottom of the pool and then can be vacuumed up. Take the time to brush behind all those hard to reach places like pool ladders, steps, and stairs.  Corners, crevices, and water lines especially in plaster pools should be scrubbed really well.

Pool chemicals are a huge source of the mistakes made by homeowners when caring for their pool.  Your pools plaster can literally be destroyed if the chemicals in the water are not properly balanced.  Don’t ignore your pools pH and alkalinity levels.  A low pH indicates acidity and a high pH indicates alkalinity, too much of either one is bad for your pools plaster. Too low of a pH can damage the equipment used in the pool such as a pool pump and filter, plaster or vinyl linings, heaters, automatic pool cleaners and more.  Proper water chemical balance in a pool is easily accomplished by testing your pools water on a regular basis and making adjustments as needed.

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Benefits Of Hiring A Pool Remodeling Agency

Owning a private pool has numerous benefits. Let’s get one thing clear – swimming is one of the best exercises out there as it activates your whole body. Along with that, there are numerous benefits of water to your skin and hair health, and by swimming only a few times a week you will be doing yourself a great favor. And building a private pool is not as hard as it once was – a few decades ago only the most famous celebrities and sportsman had a pool inside their backyard, but now it is much more common.

If you have enough outdoor space and you are living in a state that is sunny throughout most of the year investing in a pool is one of the better moves you can make. On the other hand, your private pool will need regular maintenance and it can be prone to weather damage as well. In case such a thing happens you will want to react as soon as possible as leaving the problem unattended is never a good idea. Hiring a pool remodeling agency can come in handy in multiple situations – whether you want to restructure, repair or resurface it!

Advantages Of Owning A Private Pool

1. First and foremost, by investing in a fast build pool you will enrich your outdoor space and get a place where you can relax and do cardio once you feel like it.

2. Along with that, a private pool is always going to be attractive – imagine all the crazy parties that could be organized with it in the middle of entertainment.

3. Last but not least, a private pool is a good investment in terms of reselling your house as it increases the value of your property.

When You Should Hire A Remodeling Agency

Now, there are few situations where you might need a service of pool repair agency. First and foremost it is for regular maintenance and proper repair. Whether it is time to clean/change the filter systems or there is plumbing work to be done a professional team expert should be there at your service. Along with that, if you want to add certain water features like waterfalls or fountains you shouldn’t install it on your own – instead call in a fastest pool build team and stay trouble-free. A repair agency is going to use either fiberglass or concrete material when repairing cracks and holes – this all depends on your budget and the looks you are trying to achieve. Such agency is a great choice if you have built your pool a few years ago and know you don’t like how it looks – by hiring a remodeling team they will be able to provide you with the best service restructuring, plastering and resurfacing your private pool (according to your idea). And from an ugly pool, you can end up with an excellent 5-star pool that is as good as a spa, in a matter of a few days. What is most important is that it is all for a fair and a reasonable price?

By hiring a professional team you will not have to go through the tough time of trying to repair cracks, holes, plumbing issues or add certain features by yourself. Yes, you do have to pay them but it will be a long term investment – a fancy looking and the well-maintained pool is going to be something to enjoy and on top of that it will increase the value of your house as well.

Summary

There are numerous advantages of investing in a private pool, but what good it is if you don’t take good care of it. Proper maintenance is a must, and that is where a professional team is your best bet!

Original Source: https://thefrisky.com/benefits-of-hiring-a-pool-remodeling-agency/

Original Date: Feb  26 2019

Written By: Petar Mikonoss