Swimming Pool Remodeling FAQ

Resurfacing your pool will be necessary if you’re seeing cracks and other defects in the pool’s surface.
The damage typically begins with blistering, which results in chunks of plaster falling off, even revealing the grey gunite shell that underlies the plaster pool surface. The degradation of the pool surface can also result in the formation of a leak.

Signs of a leaking pool include wet spots in the pool area, higher than average water bills, a constantly-running water leveler and excessive water loss. For reference, the average Arizona pool sees a water loss of about one inch per day in the summer. To confirm the presence of a leak, you may opt to turn off the pool’s automatic water leveler and mark the water line. Then, watch to see if the level drops.

Neglecting your pool’s chemistry on a long term basis can result in unsightly stains and discolorations that cannot be removed with scrubbing or acid washing. The application of a new pool surface is the only solution.

While some pool owners may consider painting the pool’s surface, the effort and expense typically isn’t worth the return, which averages around a year or so before the paint begins to wear away.

Your pool tiles may need to be replaced or repaired if you observe cracking of the tile, missing or lifting tiles, cracked or missing grout and other defects.
Pool tile problems can arise as a result of many different issues, such as improper mixing of the thinset that was used to apply the tiles, to constant water movement such as tiles in a spillway, where the water flow erodes the grout and ultimately seeps into the area below the tiles, causing them to lift and delaminate.

What’s more, you may also see damage in the area where the tile meets the pool deck. Arizona is prone to some fairly extreme temperature fluctuations which can account for geothermal expansion/contraction of the pool and deck. These forces can damage the tile and grout, making it a mere matter of time before replacement is required.

Painting the pool’s interior is a short term solution that many are tempted to pursue, but this option usually lasts for a matter of months, or perhaps upwards of a year or two before it requires attention. And what’s more, a painted pool will require additional work when it ultimately comes time to resurface the pool as you’ll need to remove the layers of paint that were applied.

Some may opt for acid washing, and this can provide a brighter, nicer aesthetic look, but the trade-off is that the surface becomes rougher. This is a result of the acid, which quite literally eats away at the outer surface layer, leaving a rougher, more porous layer exposed.

This more porous surface is also more challenging to clean and it’s only a matter of time before the surface becomes dull and not-so-bright.

Resurfacing is the most efficient and long-lasting solution. Resurfacing your pool with new plaster, infused with stones of various sizes and color, can create an entirely new look, while providing our technicians with an opportunity to seal up cracks, leaks and other flaws.

Absolutely! REDO POOLS offers four different resurfacing materials, each with a warranty and there’s a range of color options too!

REDO POOLS offers a top quality, state-of-the-art traditional plaster with a pozzolan cement formulation and delivers a fresh, clean shimmering pool finish that complements any color scheme or décor!

Quartz surfaces also blended with pozzolan cement with specially-treated quartz crystals to give your pool the power to resist fading as a result of UV exposure. We can custom blend a unique color to fit your style preferences or choose one of our existing color blends.

Pebble surfaces that blends a pozzolan cement, with the finest mineral pigments and stones, and you can choose from a vast range of colors too! These surfaces are the most popular and last the longest.

Thermal Polymer ecoFINISH is a flame sprayed finished designed to be applied over your existing pebble finish. Learn more here

Resurfacing is a great opportunity to tend to a range of other pool structures, including:
  • replacing the water line tile;
  • replacing the coping tile;
  • replacing a cantilever deck with rock or coping tiles;
  • deck remodeling;
  • adding new pool lighting;
  • adding new pool ledges or steps;
  • replacing wall steps;
  • installing a new floor cleaning system;
  • replacing the skimmer system;
  • upgrading the pool’s plumbing or electrical components;
  • replacing or upgrading jet nozzles and other in-pool fittings;
  • replace or install a new chlorine generation or oxidizer system.
The REDO POOLS team is happy to discuss the possible upgrades and repairs that can be performed while we resurface your pool.

The length of a pool resurfacing and improvement project will vary according to the precise scope of the project and the size of the pool. Each project is unique and we’re happy to discuss this with you while planning your pool renovation.
Generally speaking, a pool that’s resurfaced can be refinished and operational within ten days. This includes the time required to drain the pool, resurface and then re-fill the pool.

Projects that entail a broader scope, such as tile work, extensive repairs, re-plumbing, new fixture installation and other improvements can take longer. Our team will go the extra mile to ensure the project moves forward at a steady pace, without compromising quality.

It’s important to remember that unexpected obstacles or a change in project scope can impact the project timeframe.

Many pool owners opt to resurface the pool during the cooler winter months, when the pool is used less frequently.

Yes, this is totally normal. The REDO POOLS technicians will work to remove any loose plaster which has delaminated, meaning it has separated from the underlying structure.

Some other areas of your pool’s surface may be structurally sound, and these sections will not require the removal of the old surfacing, so they will be left intact.

This will result in an uneven look, with large ‘holes.’

We’ll also work to repair any cracks which have resulted in a leak, so patching those areas can result in streaks.

This will all be fixed as the REDO POOLS technicians apply the new pool surface.

The pool renovation process can last a few days or much longer, depending upon the size of the pool and the nature of the project. We’ll discuss the anticipated timeframe with you prior to beginning.

The REDO POOLS technicians will arrive on-site any time after 9:00 a.m. Similar to the process used to construct a home, there are different workers with different specialties who will be working on your pool.

Therefore, you may see different workers on-site from day to day, as each worker has a unique specialty or skill set. In some cases, one team may conclude their work mid way through the day, and a new team may arrive to begin work on their portion of the project. In other cases, work may be paused for a period of time to allow
materials to cure, set, etc.

Generally speaking, you do not need to be present while our staff are performing work on your pool. They generally do not require access to your home’s interior, although they will need access to your pool equipment and water supply at various points throughout the project.

As with any remodeling or renovation project, you may observe dust or noise, particularly as we remove any existing pool surfacing that’s damaged and in need of replacement.

Generally speaking, the pool renovation process involves minimal noise-related disruption and dust. Our team will make every effort to ensure that we minimize the impact as much as possible.

The pool will need to be drained in the case of most pool renovation projects. Our staff will provide you with instructions in this regard prior to starting work on site.

We recommend that you relocate any furniture, potted plants, toys and other items located around your pool. The pool renovation site can be a busy area, with multiple workers on-site throughout the day, so they will require space in order to perform their work properly.

Removable child-safety fencing should be removed from the area to allow full and easy access to the entire pool area.

The area will need to be closed off to children and pets.

We also recommend keeping the windows closed during work hours to prevent dust and noise from entering your home.

Once the pool renovations are complete, it’s time to refill your pool! It’s important to fill the pool promptly. Leaving the pool empty will cause damage to the new surface, so it’s essential to begin filling the pool immediately.

Some pool owners will opt to use one hose; others may use multiple hoses.

REDO POOLS’ technicians can help you to position the hoses properly. They should not touch the pool’s surface and they should be positioned in a manner so that they do not touch the new pool surface. The water should not flow over the surface either, as this can cause damage to the new surface. For instance, do not allow the water to flow down the steps and into the pool, as this will cause damage to the surface in the area where the water is flowing.

After the pool filling process has started, do not stop until the pool is full. Pausing the pool filling process this can result in the formation of a permanent ring at the water line location.

Continue filling the pool until the water level reaches mid-way up the waterline tile. If you do not have waterline tile, the waterline should be mid-way up the skimmer outlet.

It’s important to be aware of how fast the pool is filling so that you can turn off the water supply without over-filling. Depending upon the size and filling rate, you may need to check on the pool in the middle of the night or mid-way through the work day.

The typical pool will take between 1 and 2 days to fill with water, depending upon the water source, pool size, depth and water pressure.

Avoid swimming in the pool during the filling process and use caution to ensure that the water remains free of leaves and yard debris.

Also, if you have an interconnected spa and pool, fill the pool first, followed by the spa.

Most will opt to use the local water supply or an on-site well. It’s typically a matter of connecting a hose to the spigot and allowing it to run for a couple days until the pool is filled to the waterline tile.

In some cases, you may opt to have water delivered by the truck-load, although due to the expense, this is typically reserved for commercial clients with large pools and other cases where it would be impractical to use a hose or the local water supply.

Of course, you should use caution if your water is excessively hard or soft. Both hard water and soft water can cause problems with your pool and filtering equipment, so it’s recommended that you work with your pool service to treat the water appropriately following the refilling process. The pool start-up process typically entails brushing, extra filtration and the chemical balance will need to be perfected.

Brushing your pool surface is an important part of pool maintenance for the first few weeks following the pool renovation project.

The plaster will cure over the span of approximately 30 days and during this timeframe, it will need to be brushed to remove the excess dust. The pool surface must be brushed twice daily until the brushing process no longer produces visible clouding in the water. Failure to brush your pool twice daily can result in damage to the finish, as the plaster dust may become permanently bonded to the pool surfacing.

It’s also essential to maintain a proper and stable water chemistry during this timeframe, as the water chemistry can have a dramatic impact on the plaster both during the curing process and after. The dust can also have an impact on the water chemistry.

The amount of brushing that’s required will vary from pool to pool. A traditional plaster pool surface will require a bit more brushing than a pebble surface, as these surfaces contain bits of stone which means there’s less plaster present and therefore, less dust.

A proper chemical balance is required in order to allow for proper curing of your new pool surfacing.

Maintaining a good chemical balance in your water in the long term is essential if you wish to enjoy a long lifespan for the new pool surface.

Filtering is also important after you fill your pool post-renovation. The filter will work to clear out the plaster dust, in addition to removing particles that were introduced during the refilling process.

Work with your pool service to ensure that the filter is in optimal working order and monitor the filter to ensure it’s clean. The filter will require extra attention in the 30 days following the pool renovation and re-filling, as it will be working extra hard to filter out the plaster dust.

For this reason, more frequent filter maintenance is recommended.

REDO POOLS recommends running the pool filter 24 hours per day until the plaster dust has been eliminated.

We do not recommend using the pool vacuum for at least 30 days following the application of a new plaster pool surface. Waiting until the plaster is fully cured will prevent the pool vacuum from damaging the new surface.

It’s best to avoid swimming in your renovated pool until the chemical balance is stable and the plaster dust has been filtered away. This can take up to 30 days (or longer if the pool is not brushed regularly.)

With twice daily pool brushings, it can take up to approximately 30 days for the plaster dust to be fully filtered away.

It’s important to avoid swimming in the pool when there’s plaster dust present because this dust can cling to your skin, causing irritation. The tiny dust particles may also cause eye irritation, so it’s best to avoid swimming in the pool until the plaster dust has been filtered away.

Maintaining your new, beautiful pool is essential! This will ensure your newly renovated pool looks incredible for many years to come!

REDO POOLS recommends establishing a regular pool maintenance program, which tends to various elements of your pool, including:

pH levels;
chlorine levels;
avid levels;
pool temperature;
pool skimming and cleaning; and filtration.

Some pool owners are knowledgeable about these various elements of pool care, while others may opt to seek out the assistance of a pool service. Whatever the case, it’s important to maintain your pool properly in order to maximize the lifespan of your pool surfacing.

30+ Years experience REDO POOLS is one of Arizona’s premiere pool renovation firms, specializing in a broad range of different pool repairs, restorations and upgrades. This means that our expert technicians can tend to virtually every aspect of your pool renovation project, from repairing cracks, to installing new steps, installing new tile, replacing pump or filter components and beyond.

We work hard to maintain unparalleled standards for consistently excellent work each and every time. We also place a tremendous emphasis on professional development, so this ensures we use only the best and most current techniques and products.

Our expert team delivers a cost-effective solution and we stand behind our work with warrantied pool surfaces and a guarantee on the quality of our workmanship. What’s more, company is fully bonded, licensed and insured, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re working with a reputable, professional firm.

If you’re ready to remodel your pool or have additional questions concerning the pool remodeling process, turn to the experts at REDO POOLS ! Call us today at 602-334-3948