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    First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Hello all!

    My husband and I just bought/moved into our new home which has a pool (details in signature). While the bones and plumbing/mechanics of the pool are all in great working order, the plaster is 20 years old, and is in desperate need of replacing. I've been doing research on materials, and we definitely want to bypass plaster this time and go with a material that is resilient and will last at least 15 years. I've been looking into PebbleTec/PebbleSheen, and was wondering if anyone can offer any tips and experiences they've had with these materials or other similar materials?

    Many thanks!

    -Rach
    13,500 gallon pool, inground, plaster PebbleSheen installed 04/30/2016. Pentair 4 x 160 Intelliflow pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 240 filter.

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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Hi Rach,
    Pebbletec, pebblesheen, quartz and the other upgraded surfaces contain plaster. The pebbles etc, are mixed into it.

    The longeviety and how nice it stays, is enterely dependent upon how well the chemistry of the water is maintained. Too high CH and pH and any of the plaster surfaces will get calcium scaling. Too low and it will etch away.

    Initially upon being installed, the experience of the installation crew will have the largest effect on the appearance. Everything from mixing, applying and starting up the new surface, whether regular plaster or any of the high end mixes are subject to come out outstanding, or not so much outstanding, depending on the installation of it.

    So, during your search for a new pool surface, its not only the type of surface that you have to consider, but also who is it and how much experience do they have installing a particular type. It will pay for you to do your homework ahead of time, so that you know what questonst to ask.

    With that said, Im sure a lot of folks will chime in with comments on particular types of surfaces that they have.....
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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Pebbletec makes an outstanding product and only allows certified installers to install it. Pebbletec will also back up your warranty even if the PB won't. Pebbletec is a leader in the industry. Pebble pool products should easily last 15 years and are said to last 25+ years. With proper water chemistry management as Dave said.
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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Thanks for the advice, folks. We are the type of people who stay on top of things, such as maintenance, so we will definitely be sure to keep the chemical balances in check. Especially if it means extending the life of our pool.

    I've been doing homework on the pebble materials and have arranged a builder (PebbleTec certified) to come out in a couple of weeks to not only look at our pool and take measurements, but to bring us some samples so that we can see and feel them. I'll be sure to ask them how long they've been installing these products. Their reviews online are favorable.

    Much appreciated!
    13,500 gallon pool, inground, plaster PebbleSheen installed 04/30/2016. Pentair 4 x 160 Intelliflow pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 240 filter.

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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    My PB uses Pebbletec almost exclusively and has a ton of Pebble Pics on their website if you want to look at more pics (who doesn't?).

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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    I'll take a look--Thanks!
    13,500 gallon pool, inground, plaster PebbleSheen installed 04/30/2016. Pentair 4 x 160 Intelliflow pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 240 filter.

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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    We had Pebbletec in our last pool. It was great in many ways, but it tended to tear up my feet.

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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Thanks for that info, AustinChad. I've heard that from some other folks who have had PebbleTec as well, and it's making us lean more towards a smoother material such as PebbleSheen. We will see once we get to see some samples.
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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Matey, You should also ask to visit pools your plasterer has done and ask to walk on the different types.

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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Matey, You should also ask to visit pools your plasterer has done and ask to walk on the different types.

    Kim
    Great idea--thanks!
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    Re: First-time Pool Owner -- Need to Resurface Pool

    Rach look into http://www.ecopoolfinish.com this is a thermally applied plastic. It is a permanent finish and is resistant to chemistry swings
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