How long does a pool finish last?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Pool chemistry and maintenance has a big effect on the life of the interior surface finish of a pool, so the average lifespans shown below are stated as a range instead of a single number. And, or course, there will always be a few outliers that fail sooner or last longer than expected.

• Plaster (Marcite) - 9 to 12 years, average 10 years

• Aggregate/Pebble Finish - 12 to 16 years, average 14 years

• Liner - 7 to 10 years, average 8 years

• Fiberglas Gel Finish - 14 to 18 years, average 15 years 

   Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful? 

    Also, we recommend Is the deteriorated finish of a concrete pool shell only a cosmetic problem?


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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about POOL AND SPA:

 Does an above-ground pool require a building permit? 

 Does an above-ground pool have to comply with code requirements for a swimming pool barrier?

 What are the pros and cons of vinyl liner vs fiberglas vs concrete in-ground pools? 

 Can a pool with green, cloudy water be inspected?

 Should I refinish-resurface my pool with paint or plaster?

 Why are pool pumps now required to be variable speed? 

 What are the clearance requirements for an overhead electric service drop that is directly over or near a swimming pool?

   Visit our POOL AND SPA page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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