Pool Resurfacing, Re-Tiling Costing

sohnsat

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Mar 16, 2021
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Centerton, Arkansas
Hi TFP,

I just became the proud owner of an in-ground, salt-chlorinated Gunite swimming pool. It is approximately 23,000 gallons and has a pretty steep decline into the deep end. There is roughly 210 SQFT at average depth of 4 feet, and 309 SQFT at average depth of 7 feet. It has an~95 linear feet perimeter, and approximately 1,200 SQFT of surface area (walls+floor). It has one skimmer, and the deep-end drain is non-operational. The climate here is low single digit winters, short spring/falls, and 90-105 degree summers of high humidity. I live on flat farm land so sun exposure is high. Not sure on water quality as I am still working on looking at that.

During the inspection phase multiple pool contractors noted the pool needed to be re-surfaced and I agree with them; its a mess. They also noted that while the tiles are functional, they are old/ugly and while they are resurfacing they might as well replace the tile too. I also agree with them on that. No issues with all that. Decking/coping look great.

The issue is cost. Due to the insane growth and building in this area, I was only able to get 3 people that aren't booked out a year or more. Of those 3 only one would apply Diamond Brite and he's a small independent guy that is going to subcontract the plaster work. Said experience is 5 years.

So I am "stuck" (if I want my pool this summer) with a 14,500 to apply a Diamond Brite finish to 1200 SQFT with a subcontractor. They also bid 4,500 to re-tile the ~60 SQFT (95ft by 7 inch tile depth) tile line. By high-end estimates on google the tiling should cost somewhere around $2500 at most depending on materials. The surfacing... not sure. Mostly concerned with the tile work. That seems like double what it should be.

Am I missing something, or is this just out the world high? I'd like to discuss the price with the contractor and see if he can come down, but all I have is google prices which doesn't give me the ammo I need to have an intelligent pricing conversation.

Thanks for any time spent helping!
 

Chuck Lawson

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Apr 12, 2019
3
D/FW
Not quite apples to oranges, but I'm re-plastering and re-tiling in the Dallas area; pool and spa are 130 linear feet, and my best estimate of the volume (it was built 15 years before I bought the place) is around 25000 gallons.

My best estimate for the re-plaster was ~$7100 for quartz, ~$9000 for micropebble, and ~$9800 for whatever they call a pebble-polished-smooth finish. Tile was $2600 for standard tile (plus however much for upgrade tile). At the other end, I had another quote for $9200 for quartz, $2900 for tile. I didn't bother asking about upgraded finishes or tile from them :)

Went with the first estimate, job is due to start tomorrow, which is 9 days from receiving the estimate.
 

sohnsat

New member
Mar 16, 2021
3
Centerton, Arkansas
Not quite apples to oranges, but I'm re-plastering and re-tiling in the Dallas area; pool and spa are 130 linear feet, and my best estimate of the volume (it was built 15 years before I bought the place) is around 25000 gallons.

My best estimate for the re-plaster was ~$7100 for quartz, ~$9000 for micropebble, and ~$9800 for whatever they call a pebble-polished-smooth finish. Tile was $2600 for standard tile (plus however much for upgrade tile). At the other end, I had another quote for $9200 for quartz, $2900 for tile. I didn't bother asking about upgraded finishes or tile from them :)

Went with the first estimate, job is due to start tomorrow, which is 9 days from receiving the estimate.
Yeah, those are around what Google is saying. Brutal. I guess I'll have the guys that are booked out a year+ come bid and hopefully be able to just sit out a year to get a much better price or higher quality finish for the money.
 

Chuck Lawson

New member
Apr 12, 2019
3
D/FW
If the pool is usable as it stands, I'd wait it out. That's basically what we did -- bought the place two years ago, first year gutted the old equipment & put in variable speed pump, salt water cell & automation. The plaster and tile were workable, just old and a bit unsightly. This year we had more plaster damaged by the freeze & power outage, so we decided it was time to replaster.
 

sohnsat

New member
Mar 16, 2021
3
Centerton, Arkansas
Hey Chuck,

Just wanted to say thank you for replying and giving me some real life confirmation that google's data is right for someone within Arkansas distance. I was able to call around to some adjacent states, get some bids over the phone with my measurements and pictures, and secure a much better arrangement of $15,000 for the pool+tile. It isn't the average because they have to travel with all the stuff here, but unfortunately in this market it's what I am stuck with. Much better than $19,000 at least.
 
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