5 signs that tell your fibreglass pool is ready for resurfacing
Fibreglass swimming pools are increasingly becoming a favourite of homeowners in Australia, and it’s not hard to see why. They are affordable, look nice, are easy to install and build, and comparatively require less maintenance.
But alongside all these advantages, fibreglass pools have their own unique set of disadvantages as well. From osmosis to chalking, it is advisable for fibreglass swimming pool owners to detect these issues and get their pool makeover with fibreglass pool resurfacing.
What is fibreglass pool resurfacing?
First things first, it is necessary for you to know what exactly is fibreglass pool resurfacing.
Fibreglass pool resurfacing is a cost-effective alternative to pool replacement. If your pool is going through deterioration, fibreglass renovation experts remove the old top coat and repair the pool by eliminating osmosis, cracks and other issues, and apply a new layer of fibreglass to the pool which makes its smooth, non-permeable and dramatically sturdier than before. In the end, the pool renovators apply a high-quality pliable top gel-coat that makes the pool last for 7-13 years looking great.
5 signs that your fibreglass swimming pool needs a resurfacing
Usually, fibreglass pools that are 15-50 years old require going through resurfacing. With age, these pools start showing fibreglass deterioration signs such as cracks, leaks, osmosis (blisters), and top coat discolouration which can only be eliminated through resurfacing.
Here are a few things you need to know about these issues and their solutions.
Sign #1: Osmosis
Osmosis, popularly known as Fibreglass Cancer or blisters, is one of the worst issues with fibreglass pools.
When contaminated water from the outside of the pool (soil area) filters to inside the fibreglass and penetrates into the top-coat, it shows as blisters or bumps on the pool’s surface. These blisters can vary in size from +3mm to the size of a fist. Once they reach their limit, these blisters will eventually crack, leaving behind small black/brown marks on the pool surface, bringing bacteria and nasty pollution to the water. Due to the high mineral content in these cracks, algae formation takes place which is called black plague.
Once osmosis breaks out in your pool, the water conditions are less than recommended for your family, particularly to your little ones. Plus, it is not easy to get rid of these black spots without having to professionally resurface the pool with fibreglass which may cost between $6,000 and $12,000.
Osmosis is the guest you would never want to take a dip in your pool with, but understanding what you’re up against can help you find the right fix. If you detect black plague in your pool, immediately seek help from professional fibreglass resurfacing pool contractors to bring your pool back to good health in the most affordable manner.