How it Works – The Process of Resurfacing Your Concrete Swimming Pool: Step 3 – Bond Cote
This is our third blog in our series diving deeper into the main steps in resurfacing your swimming pool. We have had a short hiatus from our regular blog posts for the holidays but are very excited to continue this series covering the basic steps of pool resurfacing! As a short recap: there are five main steps to resurfacing a swimming pool (or spa), 1) draining the pool, 2) prepping the pool (which would include repairs and tile work, if any), 3) Bond Cote, 4) applying the interior finish, and 5) filling the pool. Our last blog delved into the second step of the process, prepping the pool which included a brief look at some of the different changes pool owners may elect to make to their pool, such as adding features, new tile, or making repairs. This week, we’ll dive into step three, Bond Cote.
Once any needed repairs are made, changes constructed (or deconstructed), and new tile has been set, the Bond Cote is applied. Bond Cote is like insurance for your pool finish. The Bond Cote is applied to the interior of the pool on all the surfaces where the new finish will be applied. The Bond Cote helps the new pool finish to adhere properly to the underlaying layer of pool finish, creating tighter bond. Additionally, on a remodel as the interior wares unevenly, applying the Bond Coat will help to ensure a more uniform texture and surface.
Bond Cote is so critical to the pool refinishing process that pool finish manufacturer’s will not warranty their products if the pool owner does not utilize the Bond Cote before applying the new finish. Without Bond Cote, the pool finish has a greater likelihood of failing. The best example of a pool finish failure is when the finish delaminates. Delamination occurs when the new surface separates from the underlaying layer or layers. While delamination may occur for a variety of reasons such as age, improper chemistry, exposure to the elements, etc., it is much more likely in cases where the Bond Cote was not properly applied.
Next week we’ll cover the fourth step of the pool refinishing process. In the meantime, please feel free to check out our social media. Please “like” Advanced Pool & Spa on Facebook, follow us on Instagram to see some of our current work, and feel free to browse our blog for other pool related topics and to look through our gallery for more photos of our work. Advanced Pool & Spa has the experience to assist you with all your residential and commercial swimming pool and spa remodeling needs!