Signs that your Pool Needs to be Resurfaced

Image of a pool early in the construction processThe average regular plaster pool surface is designed to hold up for about 7-10 years. After that (or sometimes earlier), a variety of issues can plague your swimming pool. From a rough texture to unsightly stains, these issues can often make your pool unattractive or even unsafe. While you may think that your pool’s problems are merely aesthetic, below are some signs that your pool is badly in need of resurfacing:

Peeling Plaster

Keep an eye on the plaster near the steps or the floor of your pool. Is it peeling away? In the pool industry, this common issue is known as ‘spalling.’ Caused by low calcium levels or low pH, spalling is virtually impossible to repair. The only way to address this problem is through pool resurfacing or replastering.

Rough Texture

Have you noticed random rough spots on the bottom of your pool? Sometimes, these are so rough that they scuff your feet. These spots may occur due to wear and tear over time or from imbalanced pH levels. Your pool may also have a rough texture if your pool’s surface was improperly installed.

Rough spots are often as unsafe as they are unsightly. They should be addressed quickly to maintain the integrity of the pool’s surface and to ensure your pool is a safe place for all swimmers.


One of the earliest and most obvious signs that your pool needs resurfacing is stains that just won’t wipe off. Stains can mask other problems such as algae bloom or minor cracks. It is therefore critical that you monitor even seemingly minor stains as they may be the first sign of bigger problems with your swimming pool.

While stains can occasionally be removed via acid wash, this process must be pursued with extreme caution. Otherwise, refinishing or resurfacing are the best options.

Chalky Residue

If you start to observe a cloudy or chalky residue near the edges of your pool, there may be cause for concern. This issue is typically referred to as ‘chalking,’ and it indicates that the surface of your pool is breaking down.

Sudden Drops in Water Level

Does it seem like you have to refill your pool constantly? Do you have to add a lot more water than you had to in the past? Unfortunately, this probably means that you have a leak on your hands. Leaks can be incredibly difficult to detect, but random drops in water level are often an early sign of trouble. Sometimes the leak can be caused by plaster fatigue or bad fittings; the best way to seal these kinds of leaks is to have your pool resurfaced.

“Spider Web” Cracks

Look carefully for cracks in your pool’s surface. Certain types of cracks that resemble spider webs or cracked eggshells are typically a response to sudden temperature changes, and they may enlarge already existing surface cracks. On occasion, these cracks will close up over time with the proper care.  Sometimes, there is no reliable way to get rid of these cracks; replastering is often the only solution.

Larger Structural Cracks

Some cracks can be tough to spot since they’re very small. Structural cracks, however, are virtually impossible to miss. These cracks occur not only within the plaster, but also within the structure. They aren’t merely a cosmetic issue; they can cause lasting damage to your swimming pool and should therefore be addressed as soon as possible.

Whether you are currently dealing with stains, peeling plaster, or structural cracks, it’s time to get your pool back to tip-top shape. The better you care for your swimming pool, the more use you’ll be able to get out of it. Resurfacing or refinishing could be key to transforming your pool from old and ugly to beautiful.

If your pool is exhibiting any of the problems highlighted above, contact Summerhill Pools. They can help you get your swimming pool back in great condition. Reach out today to learn more.