Just like a roof or a driveway, time can eventually take its toll on your swimming pool. Cycles of freezing and thawing, pressurized water and disinfecting chemicals can cause wear and tear over time. Luckily, getting your pool back in top shape isn't too difficult of a task. To get your pool back to looking as good as new, all you need is a resurfacing treatment. But how do you know if it's time to resurface? Here are the top three signs you should look out for:

1. Stains

Stains come in all different types of colors, shapes and sizes. If you have a stain in your pool, it is likely caused by either chemicals and mineral, natural debris or algae.

Chemical and natural debris stains can usually be taken care of with a pool cleaner. Algae stains, however, are more serious.

Algae stains are typically red or green in color. If repeated attempts to remove these stains are unsuccessful, you likely need to resurface your pool, especially if you suspect it might be toxic.

2. Texture

While stains can be a serious eyesore, you probably don't notice the texture of your pool when you're swimming laps or lounging in your floatation device. However, the texture of your pool can help determine if you need to resurface it or not. If your pool surface feels abrasive or rough, or if the gunite is breaking through, then you definitely need to resurface.

Sunset Pools & Spas, a company which offers pool resurfacing in Chicago, has added that, “It's important to note, also, that even if your pool isn't that old, the texture can still deteriorate quickly. Quick deterioration can be caused by unbalanced pH levels, unexpected damage or heavy use.”

No matter the cause, you'll want to address the issue immediately. This is because once the material starts to deteriorate, things are only going to get worse.

3. Leaks

Do you feel like you are constantly having to refill your pool? If so, it may be time to resurface it. Worn out or damaged pool surfaces tend to leak water much more than new pool surfaces. And just like a deteriorating texture, a pool leak only gets worse with time. Addressing the problem immediately is the best way to ensure the damage doesn't get worse. Plus, a leaky pool is only going to make your water bill higher and higher as you try to constantly keep up with refilling it.


It only takes one of these signs to indicate that you need your pool resurfaced. Luckily, pool resurfacing only takes a couple of weeks, so don't hesitate to fix the problem right away!