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How Much Does Pool Resurfacing Cost on Average?

Need to get your pool resurfaced? Want to know how much it will cost in advance? 

There’s nothing wrong with being prepared. On the contrary, we applaud your involvement. Anyway, when it comes to pool resurfacing, the price is variable depending on many factors. 

In this article, we will cover how you can estimate the pool resurfacing cost, based on finish. 

Cost to Resurface With Most Common Finishing Materials

Concrete pools are some of the common; therefore most companies have lots of experience resurfacing them. The cost estimation depends on: 

  1. The size of the pool
  2. The condition of the surface
  3. Whether or not crack/leak repair is needed
  4. What material will be used

When it comes to resurfacing a pool, the three primary types of finishing material and their subsequent costs are:

  1. Quartz finish – $5 per square foot
  2. White plaster – $4 p/sf
  3. Pebble finish – $10 p/sf 

Without doing math, you can use a resurfacing calculator that is usually provided by many of the resurfacing providers online. And the result is based on the linear feet of the pool. 

Cost to Resurface With Quartz Finish

The quartz, a.k.a aggregate finish is quite common. It is a mixture of concrete and crushed pebbles, which is dyed and smoothed over the already-present concrete of your pool. 

Some people find that this finish is hard to walk, and in that case – you can add a little bit of white plaster to mitigate the issue, but at an increased price.

However, even though the price is significantly higher for this finish, it provides you with the freedom to create the pool aesthetic that you want.

Color matters and you get to choose from the full-spectrum. The average lifespan of a quartz finish is around 15 years.

Cost to Resurface With White Plaster

The cheapest of the finishing materials is the white plaster. It has been used for many years, but now it is starting to be used less. Because of the price, it is the best choice for those who have a large pool or don’t have the budget to shell out on other types of finishes.

White plaster provides the classic blue tint to your pool, but it also stains easily. Some people complain that the finish has a very rough and coarse feeling to it.

White plaster only lasts about seven years and has the worst lifespan of the three.

Cost to Resurface With Pebble Finish

The most luxurious option of the three is the pebble finish. It’s quite smooth and very reflective. It provides your pool with that special shine that creates a unique glow around your pool on a hot day.

However, it comes with a very limited color base and has the $10 per square feet price tag.

Because of this, it also has the best lifespan at an average of 20 years.

So How Much Does A Finish Repair Cost?

Finish repairs can be done on your own, but it is not recommended. Depending on the extent of the repair, you could shell out up to $500+, or as low as $40. If you’re hiring someone, add another $50 per hour on top of that.

Small repairs have to be made in order to prevent future issues and reduce the likelihood of other errors in the future.

For instance, plaster lasts about seven years, and you should re-plaster when you start to see algae, discoloration, cracks, residue, etc. Other finishes have their own signifying features.

How Do I Approximate How Much Finish Is Needed?

Most finishing products have a label that presents the surface area that you can cover. If you are treating specific spots, cover a foot or two from the crack and ensure a full seal.

Pool resurfacing costs vary all across the country because materials costs and labor economies are different all over the world. The colder the area, the less likely that a pool will be found there. 

Therefore, this kind of work is going to be more expensive up north.

For instance, a 1000 square foot pool will cost about $5000. But depending on the area, you can give or take $700.

Beyond Resurfacing, What Other Options Do I Have?

Aside from the ability to resurface your pool, you might think it’s a good time to remodel it as well. 

You can try to install an infinity pool, but those are quite expensive. You could refinish the deck with some modern decking. Or how about a hot tub with activated jets? Want to install a pool heater? Add steps? Add some water features? Install lights?

All of these options will contribute to the overall cost of your remodeling attempt. If your pool proposes a danger towards others or you can afford maintenance costs, you should get rid of it. 

Pool Resurfacing Cost Unearthed

Now that you have established the pool resurfacing cost on an approximated basis, you are well on your way to deciding if its the right choice for you. Starting with DIY or professional, cheap or expensive materials, bland or verbose colors, and all the details. 

Pool resurfacing can be done in a variety of ways, if would like to learn about some of the other finishes or methods for application, get in touch with us and we will happily accommodate all of your needs.