"Resurfacing pools is
the heart of what we do. It's what we know
best. However, we don't know what is best
for you. So we explain the different
surfaces to our customers so they can select
what is just right for them.
actually many interior pool surfaces used
throughout the world. The three most common,
and the three we recommend you consider, are
“plaster”, "quartz" and “pebble”. Quartz and
pebble surfaces were developed as solutions
to the shortcomings of plaster. . . .
however neither is perfect and, like most
improvements, they cost slightly more than
plaster. Here's how they compare …
think of pool plaster, you normally think of
the smooth, white plaster surface that turns
a sparkling blue when filled with water, but
there are actually many choices that can be
made. We offer many different colors that
can be applied with the plaster to your
swimming pool surface.
although not the best, has been, until
recently, the most common pool surface.
People are familiar with it and it's the
least expensive of pool surfaces.
traditional plaster is white cement mixed
with limestone or marble sand. By its
nature, plaster has certain limitations. Its
porous surface is the most susceptible to
staining and bacteria growth. Because
plaster constantly reacts to water, plaster
pools "use" more chemicals to maintain a
balanced water chemistry and plaster
typically does not last as long as other
surfaces. A new plaster surface will give 5
to 10 years of good service.
interior pool surface is actually a plaster
surface with quartz aggregate mixed in.
There are two benefits with quartz.
quartz is a very hard material. And
because a percentage of your pool
interior surface is now covered with a
hard, non-porous, stain-resistant
material - quartz - you have a more
stain-resistant, more durable and
longer-lasting surface than plaster
Second, people like quartz because you
can introduce a variety of colors into
your pool interior with it. Quartz is
priced slightly higher than traditional
plaster. You can expect a new quartz
surface to give you 10 to 15 years of
pool surface is also a plaster surface with
pebble aggregate mixed in. The pebbles
actually comprise the majority of the
surface of the pool, with the obvious
It is the
most stain-resistant and most durable
surface available. And you can select from
many different interesting colors which will
produce a myriad of water colors. The
pebbled finish is reminiscent of a mountain
stream or lake bed.
the family of PebbleTec®
pebble finishes … the original PebbleTec®
as well as PebbleSheen®
They have proven to be the finest the
industry has to offer. A variety of colors
are offered which create unique finishes and
water colors in your pool. Gardner Pool
Plastering is the only licensed
applicator of PebbleTec®
finishes in San Diego County.
surfaces are more costly than traditional
plaster. However, in the long run they tend
to be more economical to maintain. You can
expect a new pebble surface to give you 12
to 20 years of good service.
free to contact us for a presentation in
greater detail of the different surfaces and
a free no obligation price quote.
is proud to offer and install a variety of
tile finishes and colors from the leading
tile resources in the industry.
International Tile and Stone:
Pool Tile Group has been a supplier of pool
tile for over 20 years in the United States
offering their popular Portobello
line which includes a variety ranging from
glass mosaics to exotic stone offerings.
There is something for every discriminating
taste in this collection.
Pool Tile Group:
the largest selection pool and spa tile and
decking available … literally hundreds of
tiles and stones, from the rich hues and
textures of natural desert vista to the
shimmering jeweled tones of the South
stunning variety of exquisite tile, coping
and decking materials featuring rich, earthy
colors, patterns and textures in carefully
designed various patterns, shapes and sizes.
A striking addition to any
produces beautiful high quality tile in
unique finishes allowing for unlimited
design possibilities which will provide
years of durability and enjoyment. Suitable
for both indoor and outdoor applications,
Fujiwa stands for quality and beauty.
The Replaster Process
First a saw
cut with a diamond masonry blade is made to
undercut the tile line to preserve the
existing swimming pool tile, unless new tile
is being installed, then the old tile is
removed. The pool is checked for loose
plaster, which determines if we need to
remove the plaster down to gunite, or bond
coat the surface of the pool. While bond
coat is the preferable way to prep your pool
for plaster, sometimes the old surface is in
such poor condition that all the old plaster
has to be chipped off down to the gunite.
All plaster chips and waste material will be
cleaned up and hauled away.
If the pool
cannot be bond coated we use air driven hand
held chipping tools to remove the existing
plaster down to the original gunite in a
narrow band under the tile and around all
penetrations of the plaster shell. The
purpose of this is to give a nice smooth
even transition where the new plaster meets
the tile and other penetrations.
work to be done on the pool, including tile
or equipment that is listed on your
contract, will be done prior to the pool
being plastered. Usually the pool will be
plastered within 48 hours of the completion
of the pre plaster inspection.
plastering is complete, our plaster crew
will start filling the pool with water. It
is important that a hose is available to
fill the pool. A protective cloth will be
placed on the end of the hose. Additional
hoses can be added, as long as they are
protected on the end to prevent channeling
the plaster. Hoses should not be allowed to
whip or flail around in the pool. All hoses
should be placed in the deep end. The pool
“fill lines” should not be used until the
water is within 6 inches of where the water
comes into the pool. Water must not
be turned off while the pool is filling.
should be shut off when it is about halfway
up the tile line.
If a spa is to be filled at the same time,
it is important to turn the water off before
it begins to flow over the dam wall into the
pool (making sure water cannot leak through
spa plumbing back into the pool) if there is
any possibility of that happening, the spa
should not be filled until pool is full. It
is important that all irrigation sprinklers
that may spray on exposed plaster are turned
off during the pool filling sequence.
Nothing should be added to the pool until it
is finished filling. Nothing should be
dragged across the pool surface nor should
anyone be allowed to walk on the new plaster
while it is filling with water. Your pool
should fill in 24 hours.
creates a problem our office should be
contacted at (619) 593-8880 for
The pool is
now ready for start up.
plastered and filled following the above
procedure carry a five-year bonding
warranty, which guarantees that plaster will
be watertight and will not peel, blister or
delaminate provided that the pool structure
remains sound, that start-up procedures
recommended by the builder or service
company are followed and the water chemistry
after start-up is properly maintained.