How long after filling my pool can we swim?
This depends on what type of pool plaster finish you choose and if there were additional upgrades to your backyard/pool. But, rule of thumb is after the pool is clean and the water is chemically balanced.
Do I have to replace my pool filtration equipment when I have my pool re-plastered?
No. However, with all of the increases in electrical and natural gas prices, upgrading your pool filtration and heating equipment can save you a lot of money. If your equipment is rusting or if you had copper stains on your old plaster, you should really consider upgrading your equipment.
Can you add a spa to my existing pool?
Yes. We can add a spa to your existing pool or build a new separate in ground spa.
My maintenance company representative said that my pool needs to be modernized. What do they mean?
He is probably making reference to the tile, coping and plaster. However, he may also be referring to the pool filter, heater and pump. The new pool equipment is very cost effective as to energy savings. Rebates from utility companies as well as reduced energy bills all pertain to the modernized and improved pool equipment manufactured today.
Do I have to have my pool plastered with white plaster or are other colors available?
The pool plaster industry has come a long way from the "white only". Although white plaster is still the most popular, we offer 6 different swimming pool plaster finishes in over 50 different colors. We can also do custom colors, to match other popular pool plaster finishes. We offer highly engineered preblended pool plaster finishes which use state-of-the-art high strength mineral & chemical technology.
What are the facts about Pebble Finishes?
The pebble finish produces a spectrum of colors as the sunlight changes throughout the day. A pebbled pool finish is intended to duplicate the natural appearance of a lake or stream bed and therefore color variation is a desired result. Water has a tendency to reflect hues and tones depending on sunlight and time of day.
The surface of a pebble pool is described as "orange peel" smoothness with indentions. The stones are naturally tumbled resulting in a bumpy non-abrasive surface.
The natural stones used will vary in size, color and appearance as they do in natural settings. These natural differences are normal and give the final product a variegated appearance.
After your pool is pebbled, we will return (usually the next day) to clean the surface of the stones with an acid wash. This process is to brighten the overall appearance by exposing the stones and removing the "milky" look. Keep in mind that even after this final wash, the natural beauty of the stone will not be seen until the pool is full of water.
Stones will come loose during the curing process (the first few weeks.) This is not a failure and is to be expected. You will possibly loose 1-2 pounds of stones, but keep in mind that there are several thousand pounds of stones and cement inside the pebble plaster finish.
Proper chemical balancing of your swimming pool water is very important. Follow the instructions of your builder or pool maintenance company.
Daily brushing of the newly pebbled plastered surface is necessary as to remove any plaster dust that has acclimated. DO NOT enter the pool until it is completely full of water.

How long should I run my pool pump each day ?
Most pool filter systems are sized to circulate and filter the water twice in a 8 hour period. We recommend that you run your pool pump a minimum of 8 hours in the summer.
Should I run my pool pump during the day or night ?
The sun draws chemicals from the pool so most experts agree you should run your pool pump during the hottest time of the day.
How do I figure out how my pool’s water capacity?
Here are some formulas for estimating total gallons and pool capacity.

Rectangular or Square Pools:
Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5
(Example): 20 x 40 x Pool with an average depth of 5 feet
20 x 40 x 5 x 7.5 = 30,000 gallons

Round Pools:
Diameter of Pool x the diameter of the pool x Average Depth x 5.9.
(Example): 20' round pool, average depth 4'
20 x 20 x 4 x 5.9' = 9,440 gallons

Oval Pools:
Length x Width x Average Depth x 5.9

Free Form Pools:
If possible, divide pool shape into combinations of the above configurations and add together for total gallons. If this is impractical, calculate as nearly as possible the square footage of surface area of the pool, multiply this by the average depth and multiply this total by 7.5, the number of gallons in each cubic foot. If the pool has sloping sides, multiply total gallons computed by 0.85. In many instances, the pool contractor can provide the capacity of your pool.

Why Should You Use Plaster?

1.PLASTER IS A TIME TESTED PRODUCT: Plaster has been used as a swimming pool surface coating for the past 50 years. This experience has shown that plaster is a durable surface that can stand up to the environment of proper pool water chemistry. There is no other pool surface on the market with this time tested history.

2.PLASTER IS ECONOMICAL: Plaster is the most economical pool surface. Its initial cost is well below more expensive options. In addition, the average plaster surface can easily last 15 to 25 years, which makes Plaster one of the most economical components of a swimming pool. That's value for your investment.

3.REPAIRABLE AND FORGIVING: Taking care of your pool takes time and attention. As time goes on and mistakes are made, a pool surface can become stained, discolored, and/or damaged. Stains on a plastered pool can be chemically removed or sanded off. A plaster surface can tolerated several of these procedures in its lifetime.

4.PLASTER IS LONG LASTING: The secret to long life of any pool surface is properly maintained water balance. Improper water balance will destroy any pool surface and in many cases, void the warranty of that surface. A plaster surface, in a properly maintained pool, can last 15 to 25 years.

5.PLASTER IS NON-TOXIC AND ECOLOGICALLY SOUND: There is a lot of concern today about toxic products. Pool plaster is made from some of Mother Nature's finest materials. Plaster, being a cement product, is part of the largest segment of the construction industry. The backbone of construction and the world, is cement.

6.PLASTER IS AVAILABLE IN A VARIETY OF COLORS: Pool Plaster is available world-wide. You need not worry that your pool surface will become obsolete. Plaster can be done in a wide variety of colors to create any appearance desired. The color is not just surface coating but continuous through the entire material. In addition, options are available for different finish techniques including

3M COLORQUARTZtm and exposed aggregate, that allow for great variety in obtaining a desired pool appearance.

Do plaster finishes use more chemicals that a pool with a different surface?
NO. Chemical usage is a function of the water not of the pool surface. Conditions such as water temperature, air temperature, wind, humidity and pool usage are the significant variable in chemical use - not the pool surface. If anyone tells you different, ask them for documentation.
Does a plastered pool finish encourage the growth of algae, especially the dreaded black algae?
NO. As anyone knows who owns a fish aquarium, algae is a function of water, not a function of pool finish. Algae sticks to glass in an aquarium, so it will stick to ANY pool surface. If your pool is properly sanitized you won't have algae. If you have algae, you haven't sanitized your pool properly. It's that simple.
Is the water in a plaster finished pool colder than a pool with a different surface?
NO. It is well documented that 95% of the heat loss of pool water occurs from the water surface. Only 5% of heat loss is from the shell. No pool surface will eliminate this 5% loss, and if it could, the difference in water temperature would be less than one degree.
Do plaster finished pools leak?
NO. Most pool leaks occur in the skimmer throat where the tile grout meets the plastic skimmer. Plaster finishes are water tight and will prevent water loss through the shell. If the shell structure of the pool cracks due to ground movement or other cause, any pool finish will crack.
Does the surface of refinished pools fail after a short time?
NO. The procedures for replastering pools have evolved dramatically since the early days of replastering. Modern procedures assure that the new plaster will bond to the underlying material. As with any product, there are companies who do a good job and stand behind their work and bad companies who sell you on a low price and are not around when it fails. Consumers encourage the bad companies by only being concerned about price. Choose your plaster applicator the same as you would any service company based on reputation, referral, references, length of experience, etc.
Reyes Pool Plastering & Replastering
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