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Swimming Pool Remodel: Insulation and Resurfacing

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20 June 2018

If you ask me, nothing beats apristine summer afternoon spent by the poolside. The only problem is that to have a beautiful and functioning pool, you need to maintain it regularly. Over time, the surface of the ground and walls enduresa real siege from chemicals and water elements. What is more, a lot of heat can get lost. Thus, it is time to spruce up and enhance your personal oasis to ensure years of sublime water bliss. Just know that resurfacing and insulating your pool are time-consuming and potentially expensive endeavours.So, take a deep breath before diving in.

Back in shape

Maintenance is an unavoidable by-product of enjoying your pool. One of the related tasks is taking your time to resurface the pool. This is a must in case the surface looks tired and aged. Keep an eye on signs of wear, as well as cracks, discoloration and stains—this kind of evidence should always prompt you to take action. But, before you jump into it, see whether you need to do repairs and prep the surface. Note that depending on the type of materials your pool is made from, this is either a DIY project or something professionals should handle.

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In any event, it is a big task that calls for sound planning and budgeting. Therefore, calculate the costs and time needed to finish everything. A lion’s share of the costs stems from materials used, but I would not skimp here. A simple coat of paint does not last long when constantly exposed to water. Go for epoxy coating and durable swimming pool paint that can withstand heavy beating over the years to come.

Apart from the paint, you need the following tools: pool primer epoxy, pool topcoat epoxy, power washer, sandpaper, mask, underwater pool patching, roller and paintbrush. You also have an opportunity to do pool tile resurfacing, which adds extra expenses. There are also several different stages in the process. You first drain the pool and clean it. Next, you prepare and prime the surface. Finally, once the primer is dry, you can apply the finishing touches and witness the beauty once more.

A tight envelope

Pools are massive consumers of energy. After all, you need to heat them, as well as maintain water circulation. To mitigate the impact on the budget, you should consider insulating it. At first, this may seem like a costly investment, but think in the long-term. First of all, a layer of insulation helps your pool maintain temperature gained from natural sources and minimizes heat loss through walls. This reduces the energy requirements when it comes to heating.

The amount of money you can save depends on the climate– the difference between the temperature of the water and temperature of the ground/air. So, if you want to preserve heat or slow its loss, you can invest in a swimming pool cover. It adds a layer of insulation and decreases heat loss that is the result of temperature drops and wind effects. There is a wide array of products to choose from and you need to make a decision based on the size, shape and the type of pool you have.

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I would also infuse the walls and the ground of the pool with better insulation. A sturdier envelope reduces heat loss during the entire season, both when the pool is active and inactive. One of the most popular options is a DIY project of attaching bubble wrap to the outer surface of the walls. It is quite easy to install and it does provide a more stable and constant temperature. A more expensive alternative would be to go for rigid XPS insulation boards. They are much more efficient and also serveasa permanent solution.

Test the waters

Having a swimming pool is a blast, but it does not have to melt your budget or wreck your nerves. Due diligence is the key here. You should beware of wear and tear that your pool endures. Assess the condition of the surface. If need be,restore the pool to its former glory by taking on a resurfacing project. Gain protection from unwanted heat loss and take energy efficiency to the next level. Do not let anything spoil your fun and entertainment:accept nothing less than a picture-perfect, fully-functioning water sanctuary.