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Some of the Common Myths and Misconceptions About Pool Plastering

A J Pool Plastering provides top-class pool surfacing and finishing services. Read on to dispel any doubts you may have about pool plastering. Contact us today to talk to our friendly staff.

Myths and Misconceptions

Do plaster finishes use more chemicals than a pool with a different surface?

No. Chemical usage is a function of the water and not of the pool surface. Conditions such as water temperature, air temperature, the wind, humidity, and pool usage are the significant variables in chemical usage, not the pool surface. If people suggest an alternative method, you may ask them for documentation.
Does a plastered pool finish encourage the growth of algae, especially the dreaded black algae?

No. As anyone who owns a fish aquarium knows, algae is a function of the water, not a function of the pool finish. Algae stick to the 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 in 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 the 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 region where the tile grout meets the plastic skimmer. The 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 for any other reason, 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 over a period of time. Modern procedures assure that the new plaster will bond with the underlying material. As with any product, there are companies who do a good job and stand behind their work, and there are bad companies who sell you products and services at a low price and are not around when the product fails. Consumers encourage the bad companies by only being concerned about the price. Choose your plaster applicator the same as you would choose any other service company. Always base your decision on the company's reputation, referrals, references, years of experience, etc.
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Contact the National Plasterer's Council at 949-459-8053 for information on a member in your area, to verify membership, and for information on the care of your newly plastered pool.

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