Just like a house, pools are comprised of several components, which do not all need to be remodeled simultaneously. For example, a pool surface can be replastered while saving the tile, or the lights, fittings, plumbing, and equipment can be improved on their own. Pool renovations also include interior plastering, refinishing, tile work, coping, and updates to outdoor features. Water features can be added, along with benches, spas, rock rivers, etc. But what are the differences between resurfacing, replastering, or renovating/replacing your pool? Read on to learn more. 

When clients request a new pool surface, they typically look for pool resurfacing or replastering. The price can vary since the project focuses on the pool’s interior (walls and floor). There are two main factors when estimating a pool resurfacing project, including the size of the pool and the type of finish.

Replastering a Pool
This process involves removing the existing layer of plaster from the pool’s surface by chipping or sandblasting and applying a new layer. Replastering is typically executed when the old plaster is cracked, rough, or stained, so any damage to the pool’s surface is repaired before the new layer is applied. The new layer of plaster can last for roughly eight to 10 years and provides a smooth, durable finish. When replastering occurs, the pool must be completely drained, which could take several days and require more water to fill later.

Resurfacing a Pool
With resurfacing, aggregate, plaster, or tile can be used to add a new layer of material on top of the existing pool surface. Resurfacing is quite durable and can last up to 25 years. Resurfacing is intended to improve the durability of the pool’s surface and remedy cosmetic damage such as discoloration, staining, and chalking. This process can be done without draining the pool, but the durability will decrease if the pre-existing pool’s surface has significant damage.

Overall, the life span of a pool’s surface depends on water chemistry, weather, age, and more. Depending on the type of finish, size, and plumbing requirements, a pool remodeling job can range from $3,500 to $12,000, but a high-end, custom project can cost around $25,000. 

The choice between replastering and resurfacing depends on the condition of the pool, the expected outcome, and budgetary funds. The state of the pool can be assessed by a professional who will provide recommendations for the best course of action. Regular cleaning can help extend the life of the pool surface and postpone the need for either replastering or resurfacing.

Replacing a Pool

Regrettably, some aging pools may be beyond feasible restoration for swimming purposes. This likelihood increases the longer the pool remains neglected and unused. If you have a pool at your home that isn’t worth the restoration cost, you’re presented with two primary decisions: Should you fill in or replace your old inground pool? If you no longer want a pool, the answer is obvious; however, if your existing pool is not the right size, shape, depth, or material – or if it has too many costly repairs, it may be wise to replace it and start with a new one.

At Pound Pool Plastering, we specialize in replastering and refinishing pool surfaces. Contact our experts today to learn more. 


Pound Pool Plastering services residential and commercial pools in applying a wide variety of pool plaster finishes and complete renovations. We offer Diamond Brite, Sunstone, Hydrazzo, and Marcite – and a great selection of tile choices and coping stones. Owner Dale Pound personally oversees each pool project to ensure the highest quality is delivered. Call or e-mail us for a free estimate. 

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