Over time, your pool surfaces will break down and maybe hard to keep clean. Cracks, algae, rust and worn surfaces are often the result of the ageing process.
Fortunately, they can all be up repaired without too much difficulty.
Pools are usually constructed of either concrete (with a finish applied over it) or fibreglass. Both of these slowly change over time. You will typically see this ageing as more algae attack, cracks, worn areas, and general staining.
For concrete pools, these may be painted with chlorinated rubber or epoxy coatings. Alternatively, they may have a coloured render applied, or the more popular Marblesheen or Pebblecrete finishes. More recently, they may have had a Quartzon type finish. All of these will slowly show their age, and usually pools constructed in the 1970’s – 1980’s will be in need of repair work by now.
For fibreglass pools, they will tend to slowly lose the gloss in the gel coat (the coloured finish you see) and take on a dull-whitish look. Osmosis (blisters or bubbles) may also be present in older pools.
All these are symptoms of the ageing process coupled with chemical and UV attack over the years.
Depending on the extent of the issues and the time and finances you have available, it may be best to engage a contractor, rather than do it yourself, (DIY). Generally DIY is suitable for most handy persons provided the extent of work is not too much and the pool shell (structure) is in good condition. DIY repair work generally is related to treating superficial aspects. If, on the other hand, your pool is showing major issues (or you are not sure) then it’s preferable to engage a contractor who has extensive experience in such work.
Values are difficult to be specific about, however the DIY approach for most average size pools will be between $1500– 3500 for materials and $4000 – $6000 for a contractor to carry out all repairs.
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