The Ultimate Guide to Pool Resurfacing: Materials, Costs, and Benefits - Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling

The Ultimate Guide to Pool Resurfacing: Materials, Costs, and Benefits

Your pool is the centerpiece of outdoor entertainment, it’s a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation in your own backyard. However, over time, wear and tear can take a toll on its surface, reducing its aesthetic appeal and functionality. If your pool is showing signs of deterioration, then a swimming pool remodel through resurfacing may be in order. In this blog, we provide a comprehensive overview of pool resurfacing options.


When it comes to swimming pool remodeling, picking the right surface is crucial in enhancing aesthetics, durability, and longevity. Here are some popular options to consider:

  • Plaster: Plaster is one of the most common and affordable pool resurfacing materials. It is made up of a mixture of cement, sand, and water. Once applied it offers a smooth finish. It comes in a variety of colors allowing you to customize the look of your pool to your taste. Although plaster is cost-effective, it will require more maintenance and is prone to staining and cracking over time.
  • Pebble Tec: Pebble Tec is a more premium option and is made up of natural pebbles and a cement-like binder. This will result in a surface that is textured, more durable, and visually appealing. This option has better resistance to chemicals, staining, and wear, making it an ideal choice for long-term durability and aesthetics.
  • Tile: Tile is another popular option to consider when getting a pool remodel done. It is mainly used for waterlines, steps, and accents, but it can be used to resurface your entire pool. Tiles can be made of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and many other materials and are available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and patterns, allowing you endless design possibilities. This option is also easy to clean, resistant to fading and staining, and offers excellent durability.
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass pool resurfacing involves applying a durable fiberglass shell over the existing pool surface. This option is known for being smooth to the touch and non-porous, this means that algae growth is reduced and requires less maintenance. Fiberglass is also highly resistant to chemicals, staining, and UV damage, ensuring long-term durability and aesthetic appeal.

Cost: Budgeting Your Pool Resurface

Swimming pool remodeling costs can vary depending on several factors. Here’s a breakdown of the typical expenses:

  • Material Costs: Typically material cost is calculated based on the square footage of your individual swimming pool. To add onto the previously mentioned materials, here is a range of cost per square foot for each option:
    • Plaster: $7-$8 per square foot.
    • Pebble Tec: $11-$19 per square foot.
    • Tile: $8-$32 per square foot.
    • Fiberglass: $10-30 per square foot.
  • Labor Costs: Pool remodeling prices will also vary depending on the pool remodeling companies near you. Factors such as surface preparation, tile installation, and grouting can impact labor expenses as well.
  • Additional expenses: Resurfacing your swimming pool will most likely require additional work such as preparing the surface (sandblasting, acid wash, etc.) and post-install work such as repairs and maintenance.

Benefits of Swimming Pool Resurfacing

Swimming pool remodeling through a resurface offers several benefits, they are:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Pool resurfacing will give your pool a fresh look. Your pool will be transformed into a stunning focal point that complements your entire outdoor space. Whether you go with a smooth plaster finish, a textured pebble surface, intricate tile patterns, or a sturdy fiberglass finish, resurfacing your pool will breathe new life into your pool’s appearance.
  • Improved Durability: A high-quality resurface will give your pool higher durability and resistance to wear, chemicals, and UV damage. By investing in durable materials and professional installation, you can extend the lifespan of your pool’s surface and minimize the need for future repairs and maintenance.
  • Safety: A very important aspect of a pool resurface is safety. With a well-maintained pool surface, you reduce the risk of slips, trips, and injuries for users of your pool. For example, a textured surface such as Pebble Tec provides more traction, enhancing grip and peace of mind when swimming and having fun.
  • Increased Property Value: When you resurface your pool, it will enhance the appeal of your home and in turn, make it more attractive to potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your home.

One of the best pool remodeling options is a swimming pool resurface. It can revitalize your pool’s feel, beauty, durability, and value. By carefully selecting the right materials and effectively budgeting, you will see the benefits of resurfacing your pool. To get started on your pool remodeling with a pool resurface, you can get a free estimate by calling us at (619)375-4906, or contacting us by clicking here.

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has been serving the Southern California area since 1969. As one of only 50 licensed PebbleTec® applicators in the entire United States, Gardner Remodeling is the premier pool contractor in San Diego County, LA County, Orange County, and Palm Springs.

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling specialize in all aspects of pool remodeling, including pool finishes, pool tile, pool coping, pool mosaics, plumbing and electrical work, and both commercial and residential swimming pools. Feel free to look at our pool remodel before and after pictures.

To meet with an outdoor specialist and get a free estimate, call us at (619) 375-4906. You can also contact us by clicking here.