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Southern Pool Plasterers, Inc. Frequently Asked Questions

Why is plaster so popular?

Advantages

  • Superior Bonding
  • High strength and rapid curing Extremely etch resistant
  • Ease of application
  • Aggregate exposure easily controlled
  • Pumpable

What is it?

Traditional plaster is the oldest and most common pool finish. White Cement and Marble Sand are combined with water to create the plaster for the pool's interior. Plaster installation is highly specialized and applied by true craftsman who trowel the plaster to a smooth finish. Southern Pool Plasterers, does not cut any corners with the materials that are used to produce the pool plaster. We use only the best white high performance cement and the whitest and purest crushed marble sand available on the market today.

The most common finish used on gunite pools is plaster and is the final step to complete your pool. Plaster gives the pool a smooth waterproof finish and provides a non-skid walking surface on the bottom of the pool.
 
Though most pools are finished in white plaster, a mixture of white cement and white marble dust, other colors are increasing in popularity and are available at an additional cost. To ensure long-lasting quality and a smooth finish, Southern Pool Plasterers, applies two coats of plaster which is then hand-troweled numerous times for the desired finish.
 
Upon completion of the plaster, your pool is filled immediately in order for the plaster to cure underwater. Shortly thereafter, your pool is ready for use providing many years of pleasure and enjoyment.

Why You Should Use Plaster?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Diamond Brite and exposed aggregate that allow for great variety in obtaining a desired pool appearance.

Why choose Southern Pool Plasterers, Inc?

A swimming pool is a major investment that adds significant value to your home and provides unlimited hours of pleasure and excitement. Southern Pool Plasterers, Inc. is committed to personally assisting you with all of your pool remodeling needs ensuring it is a pleasant experience completed in the shortest period of time possible.
 
Southern Pools understands that your pool area should be more than just a place to swim. It is the centerpiece of your backyard and should be an oasis for fun and relaxation. Our experienced crews can create a pool environment that is inviting to the eye, yet fully functional at the same time. We offer simple resurfacing, which takes about 3 days from start to finish. Yet also customizing in other details such as tile, coping and fiber-optic lights. We don't stop there, adding waterfalls and sheer descents is all done by our in house employees too.
 
Our long-term employees are the best in the industry and will handle every detail of your remodel with great pride. We will provide you with competitive pricing and complete your work in a timely manner. We will remove all construction materials from your property each day and thoroughly clean all construction debris at the completion of the project. Our no - deposit contracts assures everything in the contract and in our ads to be true!

How long does it take?

Standard pool refinishing take 3 days from start to finish, If you are doing tile ad another The longest a job would go on if you are doing a complete remodel would be on the average 11 days.

Do you take credit cards, or finance?

We take cards, but we do not offer any financing.

What do you do?

Our thorough preparation of your pool insures that the new surface you choose will properly bond and adhere. It goes as follows:
  1. Drain pool, using all our own equipment.
  2. Prep entire pool, cut and chip under the tile and remove hollow areas.
  3. *Bond coat pool. Bond coat is a primer made by SGM to ensure roughness of the old surface for correct bonding of the new finish. This process may be omitted if sand blasted. ** See sand blasting below.
  4. Apply two (2) coats of ________, chosen color is ________, manufactured by ________, offering a ________ year warranty.
  5. Wash down pool, replace main drain cover and immediately begin filling your pool. Please allow water to run continuously until proper level has been achieved. Please call office so “fire up” date can be arranged.
  6. Water filtration tanks for city water are included.
  7. Start up chemicals with stabilizer for a One Time visit are included.
*Bond Kote Description: SGM Bond Kote is a specially formulated two part cementitious coating, designed to be used as an ideal substrate to mechanically bond pool plaster over existing plaster finishes.
 
**Sand Blasting: This process is the ONLY process we must "sub" out. We do not make any money from this you are to pay the sand blaster upon his completion. We do know him very well and are able to assist in draining and scheduling but again this is "sub contracted". This process usually takes one to two days total.

What is pool popping?

It is when a pool comes out of the ground. When a pool is empty, it is like an empty boat- the ground water pushes it up, some pop, others crack or shift. We are covered for this in our insurance.
 
Please note we do everything we can to obviously prevent this. It is not as common as you may believe. But do to water tables changing constantly in Florida it is possible. This is why home owners NEVER should drain their own pools. Whomever drains the pool is responsible.

What’s the difference in the dark colors?

They are a dyed surface. Very beautiful. However they have been known to fade, or the colors may be uneven this is not considered material or labor failure.
 
Do not let that alarm you- that is seldom and the visual difference really warrants the additional cost.

When is the best time to resurface my pool?

Any time of year, is fine. Keep in mind however you should not use a pool heater for 30 days after resurfacing. Your personal schedule for the use of the pool, and holidays as well as other events should be the biggest thought. Trying to push a pool, before a schedule event makes it tough and stressful for all of us.

Can I only change the tile?

It is possible, to replace tile without resurfacing. I personally will advice you that that is a difficult job. We would have to discuss the option is we would even do that after viewing the pool.

What material would you use?

I have been fortunate enough to resurface 2 pools for myself, both times using Premix.

Are filtration tanks needed?

If you have well water- ABSOLUTELY! I use them on city water too, but not all companies do, if they are servicing the pool also, it doesn't seem to be a problem.

Do you have a labor warranty?

Yes! All labor goes from 1 to 5 years.

Do you have all employees or do you 'sub'?

Every one is an employee, most have been with us since the beginning, they are all devoted to us and you, They are the reason we have come this far and how I began this company.

How long have you been in business?

Since 1999.
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