A simple truth
Pools don’t last forever. Not a shocking statement, I know. However, there are ways to make sure your pool lasts a very long time. No matter your pool surface — whether it’s fiberglass, concrete, gunite or vinyl lined — there are some universal steps you can take to ensure it’s longevity.
Two simple pool maintenance steps
First, check your pH levels. This is probably the easiest and most common reason pools begin to deteriorate. Proper pH levels are essential if you want to enjoy your fiberglass pool resurfacing as it’s the difference between safe and caustic. The average pool pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6 to make sure it’s safe for humans and your fiberglass pool resurfacing. When it comes to your fiberglass pool resurface, you should check with your local pool professional or your pool manufacture for their suggested level. You should check your pool chemistry almost daily, as letting it go just a few days (depending on use and weather), can change the chemistry significantly.
The second step should be obvious, but I’ve been surprised by less, is to clean your pool regularly. How often, you ask? At least once a week. Even better is to install an automatic pool cleaner. You’ll still need to skim the pool regularly and that depends on your pool’s location to debris, such as trees.
More simple truths
It doesn’t take my 30+ years of working with pools to know that if you followed these 2 steps, along with regular surface inspections, your pool should look great for years. However, as I said in the beginning, pools don’t last forever. Years go by and even with regular upkeep, eventually pools start to break down. In the case of fiberglass pool resurfacing, the common wisdom is they should last 25 years if you apply 2 coats for the best fiberglass pool resurfacing.
So, when should you perform a fiberglass pool resurfacing? The answer is, that depends. My customers contact me for various reasons, including excessive cracking and paint chalking. For others, it could be as simple as cosmetic reasons and they want to make the pool look like new. Even with the best pool maintenance, fiberglass pool resurfacing can fade. I don’t like dark colors they will fade far quicker. Sure, you can paint the pool, but how long will that last? You can also buy fiberglass pool resurfacing kits for cracks, but if it’s starting to look more like Frankenstein and less like a pool, it’s may be time to think about pool resurfacing.
Do you have a fiberglass pool resurfacing need? If you would like to discuss how Ultraguard could be the solution to your pool problems, be sure to fill out our questionnaire and then call me, Ken, at 1-888-639-7695
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