Aging pools are notoriously high maintenance and can be expensive to maintain and repair. Whether it be fixing cracks in pebble or plaster pool surfaces, replacing broken tiles, or improving your deck, the idea of making these repairs yourself can feel unapproachable. You might think that your only option is to overpay for a contractor to do it all. This misconception is what inspired us to create Pool Patch™, a line of innovative, do-it-yourself swimming pool repair products. You can achieve professional results on a DIY budget. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common repairs you may need throughout the life of your pool.and what pool repair products are available to address each issue. You can learn more about our line of products on our website.
Pebble Pool Repair
As the name suggests, a pebble or aggregate pool is a concrete pool with a pebble finish. The small stones seen throughout the finish are generally made of stone or quartz, though sometimes glass pebbles are also used. The finish can be coarse in texture with exposed pebbles or it can have a polished, completely smooth surface.
This type of finish is typically chosen over a plaster pool when durability is of greater importance than keeping immediate costs low. Pebble pools can feasibly last 10-20 years depending on the type of aggregate used. However, this doesn’t mean that it won’t ever need repair within that time frame.
Because the aggregate is encased in concrete, it will have the same concerns as other concrete surfaces. Cracks can occur over time due to temperature swings and the normal expansion and contraction processes associated with curing concrete. This is especially true on curved edges or wherever a pool wall meets the top of a pool entry step or even the bottom of the pool. But thankfully, we have the perfect solution to this common problem – the Pool Patch™ Pool Pebble Patch Repair Kit. You can see how simple our swimming pool repair products are by taking a look at the instruction sheet for this specific product, here, but an example of a repair made using our product is provided in the following video.
Pool Pebble Repair by Pool Patch®
Pool Plaster Repair
Plaster pool finishes are typically made from Portland cement and white marble powder. Plaster pools are arguably the most common type of concrete pools around. This is because the upfront costs of installing or resurfacing a plaster pool is lower than other finish options. However, plaster pools are also less durable than other types of swimming pools with the plaster finish typically requiring resurfacing every 5-7 years, but there are ways to repair and extend the life of your plaster, depending on the issue.
Plaster finishes in pools can experience a variety of problems that require repair, including crazing cracks, etching, scaling, spalling, and delamination. If any of these sound familiar, you might be considering resurfacing your whole pool, but there is a different solution that you should consider first.
The Pool Patch™ Pool Plaster Repair Kit may be just what you need to save you thousands of dollars and weeks, if not months, of your precious time. Our kit is ideal for DIYers and professionals alike, and is easy to apply, cures quickly, and provides a powerful bond once cured. You can see it in action in the video below.
Pool Patch – White Pool Plaster Repair Kit
Pool Tile Grout and Tile Setting Repairs
Pool tiles are typically set with mortar and grout along the pool waterline. Over time, the grout in between the tiles can crack or be slowly etched away by the movement of the water and whole tiles can crack or lift, or can even become completely dislodged. Pool Patch™ offers an excellent pool repair product for each issue.
If your pool tile grout requires repair, we recommend our easy-to-use Pool Patch™ Pool Tile Grout Repair Kit. The Kit includes our waterproof Portland cement-based grout made from specially graded silica sand and our liquid cement bonder. The mixture is designed to minimize discoloration and is designed for a variety of tiles including ceramic, glass, and porcelain swimming pool waterline and cap tiles. You can see how truly simple this kit is to use in the video, below.
Pool Patch – Pool Tile Grout Repair Kit
As for whole tile replacement or repairs, try the Pool Patch™ Pool Tile Setting Repair Kit. The Kit includes our polymer modified blended bonding cement which provides rapid curing and excellent adhesion and bond strength with minimal shrinkage.
Pool Deck Paints and Kool Deck Repair
Pool decks are typically constructed from concrete and stamped or textured and covered in pool deck paints or coated with a product called Kool Deck. Kool Decks stay cool during even the hottest, sunniest days. You can tell whether your deck is a Kool Deck by wetting down an area and observing how the water dissipates. If the water is absorbed into the deck, it’s likely that you have a Kool Deck. If the water runs off the wetted surface, you likely have a deck coated in normal pool deck paints or another product.
In any case, all pool decks can crack, chip, or fade and require repair over time. However, replacing an entire pool deck can be an expensive way to correct these issues. Instead, Pool Patch offers an excellent solution for your Kool Deck repair needs – the Pool Patch™ Pool Deck Repair Kit.
The Kit is made of our premixed pigmented concrete topping cement designed to minimize the discoloration caused by water exposure and direct sunlight. In addition, our Pool Patch™ Pool Deck Repair Kit contains a special acrylic-polymer latex admixture for a superior bonding to new or existing concrete decking.
Your concrete pool is quite the investment in terms of both time and money, so it’s important to know that there are swimming pool repair products available to keep your pool in tip top shape for the life of your pool. Pool Patch™ offers a variety of DIY-friendly swimming pool repair products that can help you do just that. Check out our website – poolpatch.com – to learn more.