When to Plaster Pool Resurfacing with Fiberglass

If your pool is becoming rough to the touch, has staining, chipping, flaking, spalding or showing signs of wear and it’s hard to manage your water chemical balance, it’s time to resurface! As plaster ages and becomes more porous, pool chemicals migrate to the steel rebar used as structural support for the pool, which often causes rust spots to appear and algae blooms become almost impossible to get rid of. In short, your pool becomes a maintenance nightmare instead of an enjoyable asset.

Pools need replastering more often today because plaster materials have changed. Plaster mixes, prior to the mid 1970’s, included asbestos fibers to improve the initial application and strength. Plaster of this type could look decent for up to 20 years before having to resurface.

Since today’s plasters don’t contain asbestos, they do not last as long. Manufactures have improved plaster products to allow for a typical warranty of 2-5 years, depending on the product. These reasons are why we recommend fiberglass resurfacing and plaster pool resurfacing as an excellent choice for lower maintenance and longer warranties.


Most traditional plaster pool is composed of white cement mixed with limestone or marble sand. A new plaster surface will give you 5 to 8 years of good service, depending on chemical maintenance and is usually the least expensive resurfacing option.


Quartz is a plaster surface mixed with quartz aggregate that adds reflection to the pool water. Quartz creates a very hard, non-porous, stain-resistant surface that is more durable and longer-lasting than plaster and is available in a variety of colors.

Quartz is priced slightly higher than traditional plaster. You can expect a new quartz surface to give you up to 10 years of good service.


Pebble pool surfaces are plaster surfaces mixed with pebble aggregate. The pebbles comprise the majority of the pool surface, with obvious advantages. It is the most stain-resistant and durable surface available.

You can select from many appealing colors. The texture is reminiscent of a mountain stream or lake bed and produces a wide variety of water colors. Pebble surfaces are on the upper end of the price scale.

When selecting any finish for your refinishing pool, pay close attention to the coarseness of the final product. Many aggregate finishes look beautiful, but can be rough on feet and bathing suits. The longevity of any pool resurfacing is determined by pool usage, environment, chemical balance and proper maintenance.

Refinishing Pools with Plaster vs. Fiberglass