I am getting estimates on having our pool replastered. We recently moved into our home that had a 13 year old pool. The pool had been painted about 5 years ago. Iím not sure why the previous owners decided to paint vs replaster. The paint is wearing off and the porous gunite material is exposed. I have had four pool repair companies come give estimates on replaster only or a complete overhaul of plaster, tile, and coping. I need some help with how to choose best pool company and what extend of a job I should do.
1. Three of the estimates came back with a replaster only cost range of $6700 Ė $7200. These do not include the chemicals after refill or the cost to come out every day to brush . The fourth estimate was $4200, which includes the chemicals on refill and coming out every day to brush. That is a huge difference in price. What kind of questions should I ask to ensure that the lower cost company does have a comparable scope and job method? He is going to take me around to see other replaster jobs they have done and gave me customer contacts to call.
2. All four had similar retile and recoping costs. A retile would be 2300 and recoping 2500 on average. When doing a replaster job, is it best to go ahead and do all the work. Right now, the tile is in good shape. None are loose or cracked. The coping however is showing signs of cracking. Of the 100 linear foot pool, there are about 20ish pieces that are cracked/damaged. It appears maybe freeze damage has occurred, causing chunks to break off.
3. If doing replaster only, is it hard to come back and to the top section repairs at a later date.
4. Does having gunite exposed make algae control harder? Does the pourous material give crevices for algae to grow that the FC can not get to and brushing doesnít stir up. I donít want to get sidetracked on this thread about replaster, but I am fighting algae that returns even after doing a SLAM and maintaining FC needed based on CyA levels along with brushing and removing leaves.