Do you think your swimming pool is in dire need of a renovation? Or is it just in need of resurfacing or replastering?


Before you answer that question, you need to know the difference between them. It is the only way you can determine what you need to do for that swimming hole in your home. We all know that changing anything about this will cost you money. If you want to be smart with your finances, you want to make sure that you will only work on what is necessary. And if there is a need for a total renovation, you want to be aware of that need so you will not waste time trying to fix the little things when it is really not enough.

Difference between resurfacing and replastering VS renovating

The truth is, your swimming pool has several components. Identifying which ones require changing or improvement will determine if you need a total renovation or if a resurfacing or replastering will suffice.


When you only need to work on the interior surface, that is when resurfacing and replastering comes into play. This includes the walls and the floor. Now, this might not be as expensive as a total renovation but the work and price that it entails will still depend on two things – the size and the type of finish that you want. There are those who wish to make the surface of the pool creative by having mosaic designs at the bottom and walls. Some just want it to be simple. Others want to focus on the floor and leave the walls as is. Replastering also includes the tiles, cap around the edge and the decking. The details will make a huge difference on how big the home project that you are about to embark on will be.


On the other hand, if you know that there is work needed to be done beyond the interior surface, that means a bigger renovation might be needed. There are other places to look into – like the lights, plumbing, fittings and various equipment that make the swimming pool function. You should also consider adding accents like a waterfall or a rock garden beside it. These can be apart of the renovation that you need to plan for.

What to consider for your swimming pool

Now that you know the difference between resurfacing and replastering or renovating, it is time to figure out what you really need.


Probably the first thing that you need to consider is the cost. Obviously, renovating covers more work so it is probably going to be more expensive. While it will cost you more, you need to keep an open mind about it. If there is a real need to change things, it is better to do it now to avoid aggravating the current damages. For instance, if there is a problem with the plumbing, you need to work on it and change the tiles or walls as you go along. Choose the materials and finishing that can last long – like plaster can last for up to 10 years but aggregate finishes can go as long as 25 years. This will cost you more but when you consider the long-term effects, it might end up saving you money.


The key is to stick to only what is needed – even when you are renovating. While you want to make the swimming pool as beautiful as you can, it is important to keep it all within your budget. A renovation or remodeling project can cost between $3,500 to $12,000. The more extravagant ones could cost even more. Consider your budget before you make a decision to ensure that this particular home project will not hurt your finances and will still make everything as beautiful and functional as you want it to be.