After some time, you pool surface may need repairs. This might also provide the chance to evaluate your aesthetic preferences, and to choose a new look for your pool. Changing your pool surface can indeed spiff up the look of your pool and even your whole back yard, so take the time to become familiar with your three primary choices.
Plaster. This is the most common pool surface, and often one of the most affordable. The smooth, white surface makes your water look an appealing bright blue. Plaster works great for those of you who prefer a classic look to your pool, and for those who have children.
So, what’s the downside of plaster? Since the material is porous, it will require a bit more care to prevent stains and damage. Plaster lasts about five to ten years before it needs to be repaired or replaced, assuming you provide consistently good care.
Pebble. To create a pebble pool surface, we use a special mix of cement that contains a mix of very small pebbles. Since the pebbles are available in a range of hues, this pool surface can be customized to match your patio. Pool owners who value a more natural aesthetic often choose a pebble pool surface.
Is there a catch? Pebble surfaces are indeed a bit more expensive; however, this type of pool surface is less reactive to pool chemicals. That means it is generally more stain resistant and won’t damage as easily. In exchange for a larger investment upfront, a well maintained pebble pool surface can last fifteen to twenty years.
Also, because the pebbles might feel just a bit rough to young feet, this might not be the ideal surface if you have small children. But, that’s up to you. Some young families are quite happy with their choice!
Quartz. A quartz pool surface is composed of a polymer-modified cement with quartz aggregate mixed in. Some color variety is available, and the hard, smooth surface is quite durable and stain resistant. You can expect a quartz pool surface to last about seven to ten years, and it is considered a comparatively”low maintenance” option.
Keep in mind that small chips and some stains can be remedied. But if your pool surface has sustained considerable damage, or you’re simply ready for a new look, we can certainly guide you toward a new one that matches your maintenance and style preferences.
When you think, “swimming pool maintenance”, a smart phone is probably not the first tool that comes to mind. Typically, swimming pools and phones don’t mix! But when you’re away from your pool, or even away from home, your smart phone can actually become a helpful maintenance tool.
Many of us already own “smart home” appliances, such as security systems, that we can access remotely from an app. Now the swimming pool industry has recognized the value of this trend, and has hopped on board with apps of their own.
As you probably know, your swimming pool pump is the heart of your entire pool system. As such, it helps to monitor it regularly to ensure that everything is running smoothly. With an app that links to your pump, you can accomplish these goals remotely:
Maintenance. If you need to switch settings on your pool pump, you don’t have to wait until you get home. Just log in and override the pump’s automatic features, and adjust the settings accordingly.
Simplify your life. With a smart phone app linked to your pool’s pump, you won’t have to run outside and check the pump (or even be home). It’s one fewer thing you have to remember, and one time-consuming chore made easier.
Worry-free vacations. Between planning for pets and arranging flights and rental cars, planning for a vacation is enough of a hassle. When you can check on your pump remotely, you won’t have to worry about returning home to an off-balance or dirty pool (or paying someone to check it for you). This item will be crossed off your to-do list for all future vacations.
There are several different ways to link your smart phone to your pool’s pump, depending on the model of pump you own. Give us a call to learn more about this handy feature, and we’ll help you decide which app to use. And of course, we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you might have regarding swimming pool maintenance.