How Much It Costs to Resurface a Swimming Pool

Katy Willis
Written by Katy Willis
Updated February 24, 2022
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Highlights

  • Swimming pool resurfacing costs vary between $1,000 and $30,000.

  • DIYing your swimming pool repainting project can cost as little as $1,500.

  • Expect to pay about $6,500 per 1,000 square feet for high-end options.

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How Much Does It Cost to Resurface a Pool?

The national average cost to finish a pool measuring 1,000 square feet is $6,500. You could pay as little as $1,000 per 1,000 feet or as much as $6,500 per 1,000 feet. However, your specific cost depends on the size and type of pool, the finish you want, and your location. In virtually all cases, swimming pool resurfacing costs can quickly add up, leaving you with that sinking feeling. 

Cost of Resurfacing a Pool Near You

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Below is the average cost to resurface a pool per 100 square feet in various cities: 

  • Houston: $330

  • Los Angeles: $390

  • Manchester, NH: $350

  • New York City: $470

  • Orlando, FL: $330

  • Portland, ME: $360

  • Salt Lake City: $330

  • Seattle: $380

Pool Resurfacing Cost Breakdown

When planning a pool refinishing project, it's a good idea to get a sense of where your money is going so you can see if there's anywhere you can save or where you've got room to spend a little more for a better or more durable end result.

Drain, Clean, and Refill

Getting someone to drain your pool costs between $175 and $225, plus another $250 for cleaning. Once the refinishing is complete, you'll need it refilled, which costs around $55 per 5,000 gallons

Labor Cost to Resurface a Pool

On average, it costs between $45 and $65 per hour for labor to refinish a pool. However, this is dependent on your location and the complexity of the job.

Materials Cost to Refinish a Pool 

Plaster, if applied properly, lasts 10 years and costs $4 per square foot, while pebbles—one of the most durable aggregate options—have a lifespan of 20+ years and a cost of $10 per square foot. At the top end are tiles, with glass tile being the most costly at around $25 per square foot. However, they have an indefinite lifespan.

Pool paint costs around $1 per square foot, but has its drawbacks. It doesn't have a high-end look and won't last as long as other materials, with a lifespan of just two to five years. Even with perfect water chemistry, good quality epoxy paint, the hardest-wearing pool paint, won't last longer than seven years before it needs reapplying. 

Overall, the cost of materials to refinish your pool varies significantly based on quality, lifespan, durability, and rarity. 

Cost to Resurface a Pool by Finish Type

If you've got a high-end swimming pool, you’ll want to show it off in the best possible way, so you need a finish that really sets it apart. But, if your pool is more for fun family time than hosting an elegant poolside event and you're working with a tight budget, you need a solid finish that doesn't break the bank.

Cost to Repaint a Pool

Painting a pool surface is the lowest upfront cost option available at around $1,500 per 1,000 square feet, including labor. It's a quick and easy job and a good choice if you decide your pool needs a facelift before your upcoming party. However, note that pool paint finishes only last 2 to 5 years. Epoxy pool paint can last up to 7 years. Paint is also more susceptible to damage from poor water chemistry, which can further shorten its lifespan.

Cost to Replaster a Pool

Replastering a pool costs $5,500 per 1,000 square feet on average, including labor. Good-quality plaster, when properly installed, should last around 10 years, assuming you maintain healthy water chemistry.

The standard color is white, but some contractors will give you the option to add pigment in hues of blue, gray, or black. Adding pigment may result in an additional charge but allows you to create a custom look.

Cost to Resurface a Pool With Aggregate Finishes

The average cost for polished and rough aggregate pool resurfacing, including quartz, pebble, and crushed stone, is $6,500, including labor. Aggregates have a long life span, with quartz lasting around 12 years and glass beads lasting more than 20 years.

Cost to Refinish a Pool With Tiles 

If you want to resurface the whole pool in tile, expect to pay around $30,000 per 1,000 square feet. If you want the high-end look of tile but want to spend less, go for tile edging to make a statement but something less costly, like colored plaster, below the waterline. 

  • Porcelain tiles: $4 per square foot plus labor at $45–$65 per hour

  • Ceramic tiles: $6 per square foot plus labor at $45–$65 per hour

  • Glass tiles: $25 per square foot plus labor at $45–$65 per hour

Tiles are the most expensive option because the installation process is so labor-intensive, but they're also the longest-lasting, with most tiles lasting around 20 years, and glass tiles even longer than that.

How Much Does It Cost to Resurface a Pool by Type? 

After installation, resurfacing is one of the highest swimming pool costs you'll face, and how much it costs depends on the type of pool you have. Each pool type and finish has different time, labor, and material costs. Vinyl pools generally cost the least, with concrete (often called gunite) pools costing the most to resurface. 

Fiberglass Pool Resurfacing Cost

Fully resurfacing fiberglass pools costs an average of $6,500 per 1,000 square feet. If, however, you just want a new gel coat with a painted topcoat, which is enough to cover minor scratches and dings, you'll pay around $1,000 to $1,200.

Available finishes for fiberglass pools:

  • Paint

  • Aggregate

  • Tile

Concrete/Gunite Pool Resurfacing Cost

Concrete/gunite pools cost around $6,500 per 1,000 square feet, but this is dependent on the finish you choose. Choosing pricier materials, and those that need a lot of time or labor to install, can quickly rack up costs, so make sure you speak to a local pool repair pro for an accurate quote.

Available finishes for concrete/gunite pools:

  • Paint

  • Plaster

  • Aggregate

  • Tile

Vinyl Pool Resurface Cost

With vinyl pools, you don't technically resurface them. Instead, you replace the whole liner, which will set you back between $1,000 and $3,500 per 1,000 square feet.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Pool Resurfacing?

Many variables determine how much resurfacing your pool will cost. Remember to account for pool size, pool type, and the finish you want. 

Pool Size

The bigger the pool, the more it costs to repair. For example, resurfacing a concrete pool costs roughly $6,500 per 1,000 feet. So, if you're lucky enough to have a 2,000-square-foot pool, you're looking at a total resurfacing cost of $13,000

Pool Type

Vinyl pools cost the least to resurface, as technically you’re not resurfacing them, but actually replacing the liner. Concrete and fiberglass pools are more costly because of the time and materials required for the refinishing.

Finish Type

Tiles are beautiful and incredibly durable, but they're by far the most expensive. So if you want a completely tiled pool, be prepared to invest a significant sum. However, a tiled finish is easy to repair; If a tile breaks, you can just get that one replaced. 

Tip: If you want the beauty of tile without the sticker shock, you can just tile above the waterline and use a more affordable finish below. 

Paint is the lowest-cost, but least-durable option. Plaster is a good middle ground because it’s reasonably durable and cost-effective. Aggregate adds a luxury look and, while pricier than plaster, costs much less than tile.

How Much Does It Cost to Resurface a Pool Yourself?

Expect to save $45 to $60 per hour on labor costs by DIYing your pool surface—but most DIY pool resurfacing isn't a good idea for the average person. The only full resurfacing option that's realistic for a homeowner to do themselves is repainting, and even that requires a certain amount of skill and experience. 

If you want to hire a local pool resurfacing professional but also want to minimize costs, you can take care of the draining, cleaning, refilling, and water rebalancing yourself. You'll save approximately $200 for draining the pool and around $250 for a thorough clean. 

However, remember that you'll increase your water utility costs for the refill plus the cost of pool chemicals if you choose to rebalance the water yourself. 

These tasks are time-consuming and the savings are minimal, so unless you're certain you have the time and skills required, you'll likely be better off doing something fun and leaving pool refinishing to the professionals. Plus, if you botch the job, you'll end up paying more to fix your mess and complete the refinish than if you'd hired a pro to begin with.

However, most homeowners can patch small areas of their pool surface using DIY kits that cost less than $50. The same goes for replacing broken or missing tiles. No need to re-tile the whole area or get a pro. With minimal know-how, you can easily replace a tile or two.

FAQs

How much does replastering a pool cost?

You’ll pay between $3 and $5 per square foot. The final cost depends on the size of the pool and if you want the plaster dyed. 

How do you know when your pool needs resurfacing? 

It'll be pretty obvious when your pool needs resurfacing. Look out for these telltale signs: 

  1. Plaster flakes or peels

  2. Surface stains

  3. Rough plaster surface

  4. Discoloration in the plaster

  5. Cracks in the structure of the pool

  6. Rust stains

  7. Lost pebbles

  8. Rebound cracks in the pool steps

  9. Fiberglass failure

How do I calculate how much plaster I need for my pool?

Helpfully, most plaster products list how much surface area they'll cover per package. But you still need to work out how much square footage you've got to replaster. It's a simple formula, though. 

Measure the length and width of one side of your pool, and multiply them to get the square footage of one side. Multiply that by 2 to account for the opposite side, assuming you have a rectangular pool. Now repeat for the other sides. And then again for the floor. Add the square footage of each side and the floor together, and you've got your total square footage. 

How often should I replaster my pool?

A good plaster finish should last between 5 and 10 years. However, how well you maintain the correct chemical balance of the water impacts the lifespan of your pool's finish. It's one of the main reasons that proper pool maintenance is so important. After all, the cost to maintain a pool is much less than the cost to repair a pool.

How long does it take to resurface a pool?

While your pool’s size and materials you use play a big role, expect it to take five to seven days to resurface your pool. If you live in an area prone to bad weather or in a remote location, it may take up to 14 days. 

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