FAQ – Pool Renovations

Can OceanBlu handle my entire pool renovation project?

OceanBlu has the capability to manage, both by the utilization of its employees and by the selective use of other contractors, just about every facet of the pool renovation process. We specialize in specific aspects of pool construction and when other areas of expertise are needed we rely on relationships built up over the last ten years to supply the necessary services. Our goal is to establish efficient integration of these services to provide you with a swift and professional pool remodel experience.

How long will it take to remodel my pool?

The length of time a pool will be under construction for renovation is directly related to the extent of the work we are performing. Pools that are being refinished with plaster or an upgraded finish can be operational in ten days or less. Pools that require tile and coping or are being extensively remodeled require additional construction time. Be assured that when a project commences OceanBlu will make every effort to consistently move the job along and complete your project in a timely manner weather permitting.

My old plaster looks terrible. Would I be able to paint or acid wash my pool to make it look better instead of incurring the expense of a resurfacing?

Painting the inner surface of a swimming pool is, at best, a short-term solution to improve the appearance of a pool. OceanBlu is frequently asked to remodel pools that were painted only a short time previously. Additional charges are often necessary when resurfacing painted pools due to the difficulty in removing multiple layers of paint. Older pools that are acid washed will initially appear bright, but often become very rough to the touch due to the increased porosity in the plaster caused by the acid.

What else should I consider doing to the pool at the same time as it is being resurfaced?

  • Upgrade finish such as Diamond Brite, Durazzo or RiverRok: It is far more durable than plaster and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Tile and coping: The time to replace tile and coping is before a new pool finish has been applied.
  • Cantilever decks: You can give your pool a new look by cutting back the cantilever deck and installing rock or brick coping around the edge of the pool.
  • New decks: Consider replacing your decks in conjunction with your pool renovation. If decks and the pool are being remodeled together, this gives us the opportunity to set your new pool coping and tile absolutely level since we are not inheriting existing decks that may or may not be level.
  • Plumbing and electrical under the decks: If decks are being replaced, this would be the time to consider replacement of plumbing and electrical runs. Copper plumbing and galvanized electric runs should be replaced with non-metallic pipe.
  • Skimmer: Whether or not decks are being replaced, your skimmer should be evaluated for possible replacement. Certain skimmer designs are problematic.
  • Floor cleaning system: Floor systems are sometimes of little value in terms of cleaning the pool. We are able to cover over the cleaning heads and install a “sweep” type pool cleaner that is often more effective.
  • Pool light: A pool light that looks fine in the old pool sometimes no longer looks that good against the new pool finish. We offer upgrade lights with color variation capability. We can also assist in verifying that your light circuitry meets current electric codes. For example, many older installations do not have GFI shock protection.
  • Fittings: Unless otherwise directed we will replace only “standard” type fittings. “Screw-in” type fittings are replaced only when specified on the contract.
  • Wallsteps: Plastic wallsteps are often in poor condition and should be replaced prior to the pool being refinished.
  • Pool/spa suction: Inlet suction in your pool/spa can be especially hazardous to children. It is important to review how water is returned to the equipment pad and consider “split-suction” in some cases.
  • Trim tile: Trim tile is eliminated when a pool is refinished. If you wish to replace trim tile on your steps and benches, it must be specified on the contract.
  • Equipment: If decks are being replaced and the electric run travels under the deck area, this may be the time to consider future power requirements at the equipment pad. Adding a pool sweep booster pump, for example, may require power in excess of the power service to the pad.
  • Pool control system: We are able to install a controller that can mount on a wall in your home or we offer portable controller units. You can even control your pool / spa using a phone from any location.
  • Chlorination / cleaner system: We are able to install state of the art chlorine generation and ozonator systems for your pool eliminating the need for chlorine applications.
  • Our intention in listing the above is to provide you with a checklist of items that are sometimes overlooked when a pool renovation is contemplated. Your OceanBlu Renovation Specialist will be happy to discuss further with you any pool upgrades you may be considering.

May I remodel my pool during the winter?

Remodeling a swimming pool during the winter has a number of advantages. Obviously, pools are generally not used in the winter and your family will not be without the use of the pool during the swim season. Since the pool renovation business is somewhat cyclical, it is also easier to obtain desired scheduling when we are not in the busy season.

Why is Diamond Brite, RiverRok and Durazzo more expensive than plaster?

Diamond Brite, RiverRok and Durazzo utilize naturally tumbled pebbles and specifically formulated cement, which is more expensive than standard plaster. Installation with Diamond Brite, RiverRok and Durazzo is a process that requires each installer be trained, certified, and subject to continuing education in the field. In the event you choose one of these finishes for your pool you may expect a longer service life and less maintenance required as compared to traditional plaster.

Can OceanBlu handle my entire pool renovation project?

OceanBlu has the capability to manage, both by the utilization of its employees and by the selective use of other contractors, just about every facet of the pool renovation process. We specialize in specific aspects of pool construction and when other areas of expertise are needed we rely on relationships built up over the last ten years to supply the necessary services. Our goal is to establish efficient integration of these services to provide you with a swift and professional pool remodel experience.

Why choose OceanBlu?

OceanBlu has the resources and the expertise to provide the latest in materials and construction techniques for the upgrade of your pool to meet all of your remodeling needs. Our company is a leader in the ongoing development of pool renovation technology and has enjoyed a long history of satisfied customers. We fulfill all insurance requirements for a construction business, including worker’s compensation insurance, general liability insurance, and automobile insurance.



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