Eventually, any pool surface will wear out and require resurfacing. There are many more options for today’s pool owners than in the past and a solution to fit any budget. Pool owners should carefully weigh the cost against the overall durability and available budget when planning their pool resurfacing project. Each type of material has an average estimated lifespan, but longevity is dependent upon regular maintenance and care.

White Plaster

A white plaster finish is the least expensive option and the most common. White plaster lasts 5-15 years and has the shortest lifespan. It lacks the durability of other materials, but it’s also the easiest to repair if it’s chipped or damaged.


Resurfacing with concrete creates a highly durable surface, but lacks much in regard to aesthetics. Its durability is one of the reasons it’s so popular for public pools since a concrete pool has the potential to last for up to 50 years. Cracks and imperfections can be easily smoothed over and repaired. Concrete can also be painted in a variety of colors.


Also known as a pebble finish, the surface is a mixture of plaster and rock or quartz pebbles. Pebble finishes have the longest lifespan and can last for 15-20 years. It’s highly durable, stain-resistant, and available in a multitude of colors. It creates the appearance and feel of a stream or lake bed. Aggregate provides a non-slip surface that’s also low-maintenance. Aggregate is more costly but has a lifespan of 15-20 years.


When money is no object, tiles are an aesthetically appealing and versatile choice that can last 5-10 years. The specially manufactured tiles are designed to withstand pool chemicals and the ravages of UV rays. Tiles are available in multiple sizes, a myriad of colors, and styles that can be used to create intricate designs if desired.

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