Our pool turns 10 this year, we have been enjoying it for the 3 seasons we have been in the house. We are in the Cincinnati area, and typically open our pool late March and close Mid October.
I'm not sure if its time to replaster / regunite the pool or when to tell when it is time. I am seeing some pitting on the floor of the pool. The sides look good with one exception where it looks like a slice (yes slice) is in the side of the pool. Otherwise things look good. In the 10 years of existence, the we had the pool acid washed once, (after we moved) and from what we are told the original owners had the pool acid wash each of the first 4 years it was in operation. Currently the plaster / gunite is white and my wife is interested in going to a dark color when / if we redo.
Our coping has numerous cracks and is starting to chip in areas, around skimmer boxes and at the tile line. I am guessing due to settling. It looks like I could probably go another 3-5 years before this needs to be redone, not sure if its best to try to do both repairs (replaster and repair/replace coping at the same time) Our decking around the pool is pavers, so replacing / repairing shouldn't require tearing up a concrete deck.
So here are my questions?
1. When do you know it is time to replaster / regunite your pool?
2. Is there an optimum time of year to have the repairs done? (spring / summer / fall)
3. What are approx costs for replastering / reguniting a pool? (I know this is just a swag, trying to determine how much to start saving)
4. Is is common to replace coping? If so, after approx how many years and approx cost.
5. I believe the pool builder who did our pool is now out of business, is there a resource to find pool builders in my area to get a reputable contractor. We have not had much luck with pool service people thus far?
6. My wife is favoring a dark replaster / regunite. Are there (+/-) going dark that we need to consider, is it more expensive?
7. Is filling in the pits / slice with water epoxy a suitable repair?
8. Are there any good products to fill in cracks in coping to try prevent chipping?
9. Any experiences you may have encountered that I am not considering with these looming repairs.
I think this should do it for now. thanks in advance for your assistance with my questions.