4 Pool Resurfacing Options You Should Explore

17 October 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


The majority of outdoor pools will have to be resurfaced at some point during their lifetimes. Resurfacing options will depend highly on you and your family's individual needs and preferences as well as cost, and cost will depend on materials used as well as the size of your pool. If you are contemplating having your pool resurfaced this year, following are four custom pool surfacing materials for your consideration:


Concrete is an excellent pool resurfacing choice for those who get a substantial amount of traffic in their pools. For instance, if there are children in the home, the pool may receive a great deal of use by neighborhood children and other family friends. Benefits of resurfacing your pool with concrete include:

  • It's strong. If it cracks or splits, all you have to do is sand the area thoroughly and patch it with fresh concrete.
  • It can be painted any color you like.
  • it can be smoothed after it's poured so that there are no rough spots.


Plaster is the most commonly used material for pool resurfacing and is made from cement mixed with either marble or limestone sand. Although plaster is plain white when it is poured, it can be painted any color that you like using epoxy paints. Like concrete, it can be smoothed after it's poured to create a flat surface that's free of rough spots and snags. As the least expensive of the pool resurfacing options, plaster offers excellent value. However, it does have several faults when compared to less porous resurfacing options. They are:

  • Plaster's porous nature means that it's susceptible to staining and may react negatively to chemicals used in pools.
  • Plaster may also harbor bacteria more easily than less porous surfaces.
  • Plaster isn't as long lasting as harder, more durable surfaces such as concrete.

Nonetheless, if your pool is lightly used, having it resurfaced in plaster may be your best option. It works best, for instance, in households where one or two adults use it for an occasional dip rather than for the type of home that hosts numerous pool summer pool parties.

Pool Tiles

Pool tiles are a great choice for those who appreciate an artistic ambiance in their outdoor living space. They can be placed in the pool in plain, understated patterns or made into mosaics featuring the design of your choice. Aquatic and tropical themes are popular among homeowners with customized pool tiles, but you're only limited by your imagination when it comes to resurfacing with tiles -- you can even have them custom painted if you wish to create a purely original design. Because of their non-porous surface, pool tiles are low-maintenance and don't react negatively to pool chemicals.

Pebble Surfaces

Pebble pool surfaces are a mixture of plaster and small, smooth, river rock pebbles. An increasingly popular option among homeowners when it comes time to resurface, pebble surfaces offer a unique appearance and durability. Other attributes include:

  • Pebble surfaces are extremely stain-resistant.
  • Pebble surfaces can give your pool a "mountain river" type of ambiance.
  • Pebble surfaces come in a wide range of colors.

If you've got children or elderly people in your home, however, you should think very hard before you decide to resurface your pool in with a pebble surface. because it's more textured than the other options listed, it can be hard on the feet and may even cause some pool users to stumble and fall. If you're stuck on the look of a pebble surface but are concerned about the safety of household children or elderly pool users, consider using pebble surfacing on one or two sides of the pool and a smooth alternative on the actual pool floor.