How Long Does It Take To Resurface A Pool? (Explained)

Very few pool owners think that their concrete pool whether in-ground or above-ground pool doesn’t need resurfacing. But it does! Resurfacing of a pool is usually done when the existing pool surface needs to be replaced completely with the same surface but in a newer form.

For instance, if you had a concrete pool and it was coated with some plaster, tile, or pebble, then it means that the old surface would be completely scrapped off and then a new surface would be reapplied.

And after this resurfacing has been done, it means that it is now ready to be coated fully with quartz, plaster, or any pool finish.

How Long Does It Take To Resurface A Pool

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Resurfacing your pool doesn’t take too long to get done. At most, it takes about 1 week to get things put in place, and the pool fully resurfaced. However, unforeseen contingencies can hinder the process of the pool resurfacing thereby prolonging the duration of the whole process.

Unforeseen contingencies like heavy rainfall can alter the process thereby lengthening the days to be 2 weeks instead of 1 week. Nevertheless, all that matters is that the pool is resurfaced well.


How Often Should You Resurface Your Pool?

Resurfacing your pool all depends on your pool and the quality of finishing that was used in your pool and for its surface. When your pool is properly maintained, with the water chemistry well balanced, then you may not need to change or resurface your pool too quickly.

But a pool that is not well maintained, that has particles and murky algae stains flying about the pool surface, may not last too long. And when you begin to see some peeling, cracking, breaking, and discoloration, then it means your once pretty sighted pool, now needs a total revamp!

That is why we always encourage pool owners to use quality pool surface finishing with proper pool experts who would rightly install these things in the pool.

If for instance, your pool has a pebble, white quartz, or white plaster finish, then if properly maintained, you may not need a resurfacing until after 10 or 15 years at most!


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What Are The Materials You Can Use For Pool Finishing?


Plaster is an easy and affordable alternative to any other pool finishing for resurfacing. So in case you need to get your pool resurfaced, you may as well get some white plaster to work the magic for you.

Plaster is simply the mixture of water, limestone, white cement, and sand. It is then applied to your pool with the aid of a flat but rounded-edged trowel. Meanwhile, plasters aren’t always white.

If the white color is too boring and specific for you, then you can decide to get it dyed into any color that suits you. Plaster finishing is simple, although rough to touch on the surface level, but it last long even though you will need to do some weekly maintenance to scare away algae. And then engage in a 3-5 years acid wash!



Well, you can consider aggregate pool finish. Although they are of two types. There is the polished aggregate that is smooth against the skin and has been polished to obtain a smooth finish.

And there is the rough aggregate whereby it is rough against the skin. And that means the pebbles are exposed thereby leaving the rough or bumpy texture.

Some pool owners prefer using this instead of the plasters. Aggregate finishes are made from a combination of; quartz, cement, pebbles, and glass beads.



There is the tile finish. Now the tile finish comes either in painted, glazed, or textured form. All in all, it gives your pool a more beautiful look. Usually, tiles are either made of porcelain or glass.

So if you are looking for a more affordable, but yet classy way to resurface your pool, then you may try using tiles because it is easier to clean than the aggregate pool finishing.


How Do You Know Your Pool Needs Resurfacing?

It’s quite easy to notice. Pool resurfacing is a treatment that you must keep engaging in, to ensure that your pool remains swimmable.

As like we discussed above, there are various ways of resurfacing your pool it depends on the type of surface of your pool. If your pool uses plaster or tile, or aggregate.

Normally, resurfacing your pool takes at least every 10 years at most. So, here’s what you need to know to be sure that it’s time for your pool to be resurfaced.


Are there stains on the pool surface? If there is, and you have done all you can like washing and scrubbing and all sort but the stains wouldn’t come off, then it means that your pool needs to be resurfaced.



If you have a concrete pool, then this site may not be difficult to notice especially after ten years. When you notice some kind of peeling or flaking, then it means that your pool needs resurfacing.


Coarse texture and cracks

What is the texture of the surface? Extremely coarse? Are there cracks on the surface too? If there is then it means your pool needs a total revamp!


Discoloration and corrosion

Did you notice any discolor on the tiles or paint at all? Are they fading in color? What about calcium buildups? When you notice constant calcium buildups on your pool surface, then it needs to be resurfaced.


Falling pebbles

Just in case you used pebbles or even broken glasses as your pool surface but then you discovered that they are falling off. Then it means that your pool needs resurfacing.

The lifespan for any of these pool finishing is at most 15 years. But if in the tenth year, you begin to notice all these fallouts, then it means your pool needs resurfacing really fast!


Final thoughts

Resurface in a pool doesn’t take long at most it takes about seven days that is one week and at most, it takes about 14 days that is if the resurfacing process was altered.

Resurfacing a pool is an easy task that can be done by you or by the pool experts that you decide to pick however bear in mind that calling a pool expert for your pool resurfacing can be pretty expensive.

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