One of the most distinctive aspects of Westlake Village is the presence of pools in every household. Despite having a good beach nearby, most of the people who can afford to have pools keep one because in the scorching heat of the summers not many would like to venture out. A pool thus works wonders not just to keep the heat at bay but is also a favorite spot amongst the kids and the elders alike to pass time. With time, if not properly maintained these very pools lose their sheen and none of us would like to see that happen to the spot where we spent and still continue to spend loads of time. Thankfully there are options available to restore our pools to their former glory.
The All Time Favorite – Painting
Painting as a way of renovation of pools has been the all-time favorite. There are a number of reasons behind the same. To begin with these paints can be used with any type of water and do not react with the pool equipment. Next one needs to bear in mind the kind of paint that one wants to use. Depending on one’s use there are two types of paints – epoxy and acrylic. In case of epoxy paints, the pool needs to be completely dried for 3-5 days after which it can be painted.
For painting, the pool first needs to be drained out completely after which it needs to be washed with Tri-Sodium Phosphate. After this the pool is etched with acid and then washed with TSP once again. Once this is done, the pool is dried and the paint can be applied. On the other hand, acrylic paint can be used on a damp pool but the problem with them is that they do not last long. As for the drying up time, acrylic paint dries up quickly but it’s the acrylic paints which outlive acrylic paints.
Before beginning to paint, one needs to remember that all parts of the pool cannot be painted and thus those parts of the pool which are not to be painted are taped so that the rest of the pool can be painted without any hassles.
A typical pool painting, be it using epoxy or acrylic, lasts for around 7 years. Despite lasting for a lesser number of years, it is a lot cheaper than plastering.
The Long Lasting Solution – Plastering
This is a costly proposition and meant for those who want to do some long term planning. The biggest advantage that it provides is durability as it typically lasts till 15-20 years. The reason behind this is the ½ inches thick layer which can bear more stress than a skinny layer of paint. As in the case of painting, the pool needs to be dried when plastering. After this a group of professionals take over and proceed with the necessary steps from acid etching to plastering. Thus a onetime investment is all it takes for one’s pool to outlive the ones which are renovated using paints.
Before coming to conclusions regarding which one is the best, one should take a moment to consider both the options properly as both have their own set of pros and cons because in the end it’s a question of how much time and money one wishes to invest which determines which course of action should one opt for.