Pool Resurfacing Process

Pool Resurfacing: Step-by-Step

If your pool has increasingly-difficult-to-remove stains, never-ending leaks, and rough surface texture: call the expert team at Emerald Pools and Spas to begin the process of resurfacing your pool. The need for pool resurfacing generally crops up every 5 to 15 years, but it really just means that the material used to construct your inground pool is being replaced with another or newer substance.

The process generally takes 5 to 7 days, but can sometimes last up to 2-3 weeks should you choose to leave the curing process to our professionals. This extra time also accounts for any issues such as weather conditions.

Drain and Prep

An Emerald Pools technician will start by shutting off all your pool equipment and draining the pool water. Then, a skilled crew will prep the pool walls for its next surface material by stripping and chipping out.

We suggest moving any patio furniture to a location safe from debris prior to this step, but our thoughtful Emerald guys will cover and restore your backyard as needed.

Tile and Masonry Installation

Now, we can install your choice of tiling or stonework and bond it with your grout color selection, as determined prior to the start of the pool resurfacing project. This takes about 1 to 3 days.


To keep your pool free of leaks, we will wash your pool shell and seal its plumbing following the earlier tile and masonry installation.

Pool Finishing Installation

When sealing is complete, we will place in any final decorative pool finish material over the course of 1 or 2 days. This is when you’ll see your vision start to come to life!

Optional: Acid Wash

Some pool finishes, such as our high-quality, low-maintenance PebbleTec, will need an acid wash to preserve its look. You can trust experienced Emerald professionals to do this safely and effectively.

Otherwise, this is when we’ll begin our general clean-up so your pool is ready for the final step in the pool resurfacing process.

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Pool Fill and Initial Treatment

Now that the pool area is clean, we will fill it back up and treat it for a crucial even curing that will extend its lifespan. This takes several days to complete and will require monitoring and maintenance from our guys—but the wait will be worth it.

Pool Finishes

Overall—popular pool finish types fall under plaster, aggregate and tile. Plaster is a mix of water, marble sand or limestone, and (white) cement. It’s inexpensive, simple, but rough and requires weekly cleanly maintenance and 3 to 5-year acid washes.

Aggregate finishing is a mixture of glass beads, quarts, cement, and pebbles—as is the case in our beautiful PebbleTec. You can either leave the material exposed for a bumpy texture or have it polished for something smoother, according to your preference.

Finally, tile can be made from porcelain, stone, or glass, or a mix, and its appearance can vary greatly from textured, glazed, to painted. It’s an easier cleaning job than aggregate pool finishes; it’s often used to mark the waterline of pools.

Call the pool experts

No matter what your pool finishing choice is, it won’t turn out exactly as you wanted unless you contact industry-leader Emerald Pools and Spas at (602) 795-4466. We’ll help you unveil the pool of your dreams when you host your next family get-together.

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