The fun of having your own backyard swimming pool is incomparable. You can have a refreshing dip during the scorching heat of the summer or host a pool party with your friends and family. Owning a pool though entails responsibilities that should not be taken for granted. It is important to have a good maintenance schedule and always keep a keen eye on the condition of the paint on your pool. Here are some tips to help you keep up with the paint job on your pool.
- Budget. Determine how much money you are willing to spend for the paint of your swimming pool. The costs of available pool paints in the market are reasonably priced and easy on the pocket. It is a good idea though to have an allocated budget before you purchase your paint and painting materials.
- Keep records. It may have been three, four or even eight years since the last paint job on your pool. The important thing is that you should remember what type of paint was previously applied to your swimming pool. To avoid having any unwanted chemical reactions between paints, it is important to use the same type of paint. If you do decide to upgrade the paint type of your pool, be sure to read the label first if the paint will react positively to the current paint on your pool.
- Color. Swimming pool paints come in an assortment of colors from the standard shades of white to deep aqua to custom made color combinations that may have all the colors of the rainbow. In deciding which one to use, you should consider the colors around your yard and your landscape and decide on the color shade that will best compliment your surroundings.
- The new pool. For first time paint application, first decide on the paint type that is most appropriate for your pool. The most durable would be the epoxy paint which when applied can last from 7-10 years. However, you may need to shell out additional dollars as epoxy paint is a bit pricey. Rubber base paints are less costly and can last 5-7 years. The easiest paint to apply and the cheapest would be the water base acrylic paints. Then again, you have to keep in mind that using water base acrylic paints would need re-painting after every 2-3 years.
- Read the label. Before you start any actual painting for your swimming pool, read the label first and follow the safety guidelines on the package. Always make sure that you are in a well ventilated area. There are paints that require you to add thinning solutions, always make sure that you add just the right amount.
A swimming pool is a worthy investment for you and your family. Keeping that investment in perfect condition only requires you to have a regular maintenance schedule and a paint job every once in a while. If you put a bit of thought into it, caring for your pool shouldn’t be a difficult task at all.