Palm Desert Pool Resurfacing
Are you tired of your cracked and dull looking pool? The professionals at Palm Desert Pool Resurfacing are here to take your pool resurfacing and remodeling to the next level. With our experience and craftsmanship, all your pool dreams can become a reality. We have worked on hundreds of pools in Palm Desert, and know how to create the best customized pools that will last a long time.
The idea of resurfacing your pool may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. When we provide a quote for your resurfacing project, we take into consideration the size, shape, and finish of your pool. With this information in hand, we provide you with the most reasonable price possible.
If you are a fan of DIY, you may entertain the idea of resurfacing your swimming pool on your own. Although this is a noble idea, if you haven’t done it before, it can be disastrous. You are bound to make mistakes, and fixing those mistakes can result in unnecessary costs. You can save a lot of money by hiring professional pool contractors from the beginning. Let’s say you did an excellent job on your DIY pool resurfacing. Chances are, a pool resurfacing contractor in Palm Desert would still have done better. Why risk all that when you can hire a professional pool resurfacing company in Palm Desert?
Our team of pool experts can do all the necessary jobs, from remodeling to repairs and resurfacing. Whether you own a pool, a spa, or a deck, you can rely on us to replaster or retile your pool so that it looks better than the day it was constructed. And since we believe in complete transparency, here are some of the necessary steps required to resurface your pool.
Here Are the Steps Needed to Resurface Your Pool
Before we can get to the bottom of your problem, we need to drain the water from your pool. To do this, we will access the central pump system and switch it over to the “backwash” or “drain” setting. On some projects, we may have to use a submersible pump to remove all the water from the pool. When the pool is empty and dry, we can begin the process of resurfacing.
To ensure that all the water from your pool is drained, we redirect the water to a safe location where no flooding or oversaturation will occur. The duration of the draining process will depend on the size of your pool, but it usually takes a couple of hours.
Now that your pool is dry, our team can inspect for signs of deterioration, such as cracks, crumbling, or blistering. The type of marks we find on your pool will give us an idea which issues need to be addressed first, whether it is the in-ground foundation or the plumping. During this stage, we also cover the surrounding area with tarps to prevent damage to your property.
To get rid of the existing finish, we sandblast or chisel away these layers. This procedure is essential as it will provide a better hold for your new pool material. Ideally, sandblasting is our preferred means of removal because it leaves a rough surface compared to chipping with a chisel.
3. Cement and Masonry Tiles:
This is the stage where we transform your pool into something impressive. Depending on your preference and budget, we can use materials like concrete, quartz, ceramic tile, or pebbles to resurface your pool. The beauty with these materials is that they offer a long-lasting lining that is algae, stain, and chemical resistant. Applying tiles on a pool requires a different skill set than interior tile application, and our team of experts specialize in pool application. Your pool will have a new surface within three days.
4. Inspecting the Plumbing:
Once your pool is looking gorgeous, it’s time for our team to check the pump and plumbing system. We will spend an entire day ensuring that your pool is perfect both inside and out. Any leaks found in your plumbing system are repaired and your PVC parts are tested for resiliency.
5. Acid Wash and Applying the Pool Finish:
A process of acid etching is necessary for surfaces like concrete or plaster. Another reason why we use an acid wash is to remove chalky residue and any hard mineral deposits on your pool. The acid wash opens millions of tiny pores, which allows the new coating to penetrate. This creates a strong bond.
After the acid wash, all the stains from the floor and corners of your pool are removed. Once this is done, we neutralize the acid with an alkaline soda ash solution.
We then use a mixture of water and muriatic acid to clean up your pool. This acid is hazardous to the skin and can cause burns, so our team uses personal safety equipment designed for the task.
6. Filling the Pool and Cleanup:
We are now just one step away from completing your resurfacing project. Before we fill your pool with water, we do a final, detailed inspection of the entire pool area. When we are satisfied with our work, we remove every speck of dust and debris that may have been left behind in the area.
7. Initial Water Treatment:
This is the last but not the final step we need to do in your pool. The initial water treatment will ensure the appearance of your pool is maintained and that your new surface material lasts a long time. First, we fill your swimming pool with water and then perform a sequence of treatments to cure the surface area thoroughly.
The treatment period lasts for about seven days, during which our crew constantly monitors and services your pool. If you wish, you may hire a different contractor to do this task, and our team will be glad to work with them during this process. However, in case your regular pool guy isn’t available, Palm Desert Pool Resurfacing will be happy to step in and get the job done.
The Cost of Pool Resurfacing in Palm Desert
There are a lot of things to consider before we can provide you with an exact estimate. Generally, the overall cost will depend on the materials you choose. Plaster is the least expensive option but also has the shortest lifespan. Another factor we take into consideration is whether your pool has additional problems such as electrical or plumbing issues, which will increase the cost. Then is the age of your pool and how well it was constructed. If your pool requires upgrades or replacement, this is another additional cost. Think of it as changing the engine or transmission of an old car. Although a new paint job and interior will make it look brand new, if you don’t address the underlying issues, you will be in for a lot of unwanted surprises later.
Although we may not know the final cost of your pool resurfacing project, our company offers a free on-site consultation to give you a price range based on all the factors we’ve discussed. This quote is no obligation, so if you decide not to go through with it, no worries.
What are the Available Finishes for My Pool?
Whichever materials you choose for your pool, you will still get a new looking pool that will last many years. To help you make the right decision, here are some of the pros and cons of the most popular finishes:
The three most popular finishes:
- Glass Tiles: This is one of the standard options chosen by many homeowners because of its durability and beauty.
- Diamond Brite: Diamond Brite combines polymer-modified cement and aggregate quartz crystals for a unique and durable finish.
- Pebble Aggregate: There are different choices of pebble aggregates, including PebbleSheen, Bead Crete, and Hydrazzo.
Glass tiles can give your pool a stunning appearance. You can choose tiles of different shapes, colors, and finishes to add a touch of elegance to your pool. We consider glass tiles to be the most durable among all our finishes. You can install these tiles on your pool’s steps, edges, sun shelf, waterline, and interior walls. Many homeowners love the dramatic effects that glass tiles offer when sunlight hits these little beauties. The installation of glass tiles requires a lot of labor, which means additional costs, but the result is worth every penny.
Diamond Brite is one of the most natural finishes to maintain in a pool. This finish is permeated with beautiful quartz crystals, which are one of the hardest materials on earth. When combined with polymer cement, they form a spectacular spectrum of colors. Because of its strength, external factors like harsh chemicals and UV rays cannot penetrate its surface, adding to its durability. Natural quartz is also resistant to stains and etching, which reduces the maintenance required. In comparison to plaster, Diamond Brite pools can quickly be drained without damage. You can choose from 17 different colors, each reflecting the water, sky, and surroundings uniquely.
When it comes to the pebble aggregate finish, many make the mistake of calling a pebble pool finish “Pebble-Tech” which is one brand among many. Pebble-Tec is one of the highly recognized and respected aggregates in the industry because they are the first company to patent the process. However, several manufacturers now make pebble aggregate finishes that will work just as well as the original.
The pebble finish is very similar to the quartz finish. The process involves adding a small polished stone to the mix of standard plaster and adding this to the gunite surface.
One of the unique features of a pebble finish is that no two pools will look alike. This is because pebble finishes are made of nature’s stone, which gives them a marbled or mottled appearance of varying degrees. Each one is naturally different from the next.
Some exposed aggregate finishes use large river rock stone instead of the small quartz stone. These river stones offer a different look compared with quartz products. Some popular brands are Crystal Stone and Pebble Tec.
Whichever material you choose for your pool, we guarantee the best quality because we order directly from the manufacturer. We want your pool to last for years to come and maintain its luster through the years. We offer the latest materials from reputable brands like Pebble Fina, Pebble Tech, and Pebble Sheen.
The final appearance of your pool will depend a lot on the color scheme you choose. For example, if you choose colored Diamond Brite and apply the lighter shades, the pool water will appear aqua blue. On the other hand, medium and darker colors have a different effect. You can also use underwater lighting to enhance the appearance of your pool.
PebbleSheen and PebbleTec - The Differences
To make the best decision, you need to be well-informed, so let’s break down the difference between PebbleTec and PebbleSheen. In simple terms, these two materials differ in the kind of stones they use and the mixture they are combined with. PebbleTec consists of small river pebbles that are mixed with Portland cement and dye of varying colors. On the other hand, PebbleSheen uses smaller stones of about 1-2 mm in diameter that are fused in a high density and then polished to a high sheen. The color of PebbleTec ranges from white to black, allowing you to create an elegant finish that is durable and resistant to water conditions. If you chose PebbleSheen, you can choose from 16 colors, and your pool will resemble the finish of granite countertops.
A Brief Summary of Pool Resurfacing
One of the first things that you need to do when deciding to resurfacing your pool is choosing what kind of concrete overlay to use. As the pool owner, you will need to make this critical decision with the help of a professional from our team. An ideal surface should have materials that can resist the strong chemicals used in a pool and should have a non-skid element. Your priority should not only be the aesthetic of your pool but the safety and functionality.
For the best resurfacing job, the surface of your existing pool or deck should be thoroughly prepared. Part of this preparation includes repairing any superficial cracks or divots with concrete resurfacing. For the breaks that are profound, the concrete itself may need replacement. After the cracks are covered, the pool system is protected from the materials used during the resurfacing. The first step in pool resurfacing is covering and draining the pool.
Once there is no water in the pool, the old plaster, lights, drains, and tiles are removed. For the new finish to go on evenly, and paint needs to be removed by blasting – a process that can take up to two days. After the sandblasting, a bond coat is applied to the pool in preparation for the new plaster. The entire time for preparation and plastering takes from three to four days. Our crew then uses your selected finish. Finally, your pool is filled with clean water with a low mineral and metal content.
Properly Maintaining Your Pool is Critical
Palm Desert Pool Resurfacing is the top provider of swimming pool resurfacing services in the Palm Desert area. But don’t take our word for it – let us prove it to you. We perform pool & spa resurfacing, pool deck resurfacing, tile repairs, as well as fiberglass pool resurfacing.
It is our goal to lengthen the life of your pool equipment by incorporating regular pool maintenance. Taking care of your pool is our priority, and we make it a point to extend the life of your pool equipment such as the pump. Our regular maintenance routine includes the removal of dirt and other debris, which prevents overworking and clogging caused by leaves.
Palm Desert Pool Resurfacing serves Palm Desert and the entire Coachella Valley. Once you give us a call, we will provide you with a thorough inspection, followed by a free estimate. This comprehensive inspection takes into consideration all the costs of the materials and time to complete the project. We give you all this at no cost or obligation.