Despite their durability, fiberglass pools, like all things, won't last forever. Over time, the pool might start to show signs of wear, such as fading, surface dullness, or minor structural issues. At this point, you might wonder whether it's better to replace or resurface your pool. Let's explore both options.
Resurfacing Your Fiberglass Pool
Resurfacing is often the go-to solution when the pool's structural integrity remains intact, but the surface starts to deteriorate.
During a resurfacing job, the pool is first drained, and the existing gel coat is sanded down to create a rough surface for the new finish to adhere to. Then, the new gel coat is applied. It will need to cure for a period before the pool can be filled and used again.
Benefits of resurfacing include:
- Cost-effectiveness: Resurfacing is usually less expensive than replacing the entire pool.
- Less time-consuming: The process can take as little as a few days to a week.
- Variety of finishes: You can select from a wide range of colors and finishes, giving your pool a fresh, updated look.
Replacing Your Fiberglass Pool
In certain situations, it might be more viable to replace the pool. This is typically the case if the pool has significant structural damage, or if it's so old that it would be more cost-effective to replace it than to continually repair it.
During a replacement, the old pool is removed, and a new one is installed. This process is more complex and time-consuming than resurfacing and requires more extensive site preparation.
Benefits of replacement include:
- New features: You can choose a new pool design with updated features.
- Increased home value: A new pool can significantly increase the value of your property.
- Longer lifespan: A new pool will last for many more years with proper care.
Whether you choose to resurface or replace your pool depends on its condition and your budget. Either way, you'll be able to continue enjoying the benefits of a fiberglass pool. In the next chapter, we will discuss how to choose a reputable pool contractor to carry out your installation, resurfacing, or replacement project.
Fiberglass Swimming Pools - Table of Contents
- The Basics of Fiberglass Pools
- Understanding the Different Types of Swimming Pools
- The Pros and Cons of Fiberglass Swimming Pools
- Fiberglass Pool Cost Analysis and Budget Planning
- Fiberglass Pool Design Options and Customiization Possibilities
- Maintaining Your Fiberglass Swimming Pool
- Winterizing your Fiberglass Pool
- Common Problems with Fiberglass Pools and How to Address Them
- Life Expectancy and Long-Term Care of Your Fiberglass Pool
- Replacing or Resurfacing Your Fiberglass Pool
- Choosing a Reputable Pool Contractor
- Financing Your Fiberglass Pool Project
- Preparing Your Backyard for a Fiberglass Pool Installation
- The Fiberglas Pool Installation Process