TOP QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM CUSTOMERS
Do you match competitor prices?
Yes, we do. Show us an apples to apples quote and we will match it, or save you a little money.
How long does it take for install?
The length of time to complete your pool remodel project really depends on the scope of work being performed. If you desire to replace coping, tile, and plaster, you can typically expect your swimming pool and hot tub remodel to be complete within two weeks or less. However, if your vision includes remodeling your pool and your entire backyard with new concrete decking, plumbing, and equipment, then the job could take several weeks to complete.
What is coping?
Coping is the brick or rock on the edge of the pool above the tile line. Coping can be made of several kinds of material: white precast concrete stones, 12" safety grip, 9" or 12" bullnose bricks, flagstone, slate, or marble. With so many types of coping, the possibilities are endless on the look you are trying to achieve (your budget may be your only limit).
Why do I need tile?
Tile is used for two main purposes. Aesthetic purposes to create different looks to pools. Its other purpose is to keep the water from staining the plaster at its water line. Tiles are put on the perimieter to keep scum and dirt floating on the pool surface from adhering to the wall. The tile is easily wiped or brushed clean, whereas without the tile the plaster would have a black stain at the water line. Some pools use tile for the surface of the pool, but this is much more expensive than plaster and is very slippery. Standard tile depth is 6" from the top of the pool. Some older pools may have 8" tile. Of course some pools have raised walls that have many rows of 6" tile above water.
What are plaster and gunite?
Plaster is the coating over the gunite pool shell that is made of crushed white marble dust. Gunite is the concrete shell of the pool with rebar enforcement. The standard depth of plaster should be no less than 3/8" thick, this requires two coats of plaster to be trowelled onto a surface.
How long should plaster last?
White marble plaster should maintain its smoothness and whiteness about 5-7 years before you should notice any type of erosion. Water chemistry should be properly maintained at all times to get a longer life out of your plaster. Other coatings will last longer but will cost a little more. Additives can be introduced into plaster to add life and durability as well.
What causes stains in plaster?
Stains are caused by many factors. Leaves and tree debris have pigment that can stain plaster. High amounts of metals in your fill water causes stains. Old pool equipment made of brass, iron, copper, steel, etc. causes metals to get into the pool. Most new pool equipment is made of fiberglass or high tempered plastic to reduce metal breakdown. Fertilizers used to fertilize your yard have iron in them as well, which can be accidentally blown into the pool. Some large rust stains in plaster can be rebar or the tie wire of the rebar in the gunite shell bleeding through to the surface of the pool. The pool shell should be cut or chipped out to remove this piece of metal if possible.
When is it time to replaster my pool?
When you can no longer keep control of the algae that has grown into the pits of the plaster. When you see the gray gunite shell show through thin plaster. When plaster has many pop-ups. When the pool surface is rough to walk on, snags bathing suits, or pool cleaner parts seem to be wearing down in a short time (tires, wear rings, hoses, etc.). When plaster has blue/green or orangish stains from high amounts of metals in water.