Many people look forward to warmer weather, especially if you own a swimming pool. When your pool starts looking a little worse for wear, it might be time for a renovation project. Swimming pool remodels are best done before summer.
When summer finally comes, you can start using and enjoying your “new” swimming pool. How comprehensive the renovation depends on the state of your swimming pool. Sometimes, you need minor changes to keep your pool up to date. Here are some of the most common options:
- Adding fire features like a fire bowl or a fire pit
- Adding water features like gushers or waterfalls
- Upgrading to energy-efficient lights and automation
- Removing or extending the deck
- Tile and coping replacement or repair
It is best to do your swimming pool renovation project sometime between October and April. By the time summer comes around, you can already use your swimming pool and start hosting summer parties.
When it comes to changing the size or shape of the swimming pool, some materials are easier to work with compared to others. Reshaping a concrete pool may require extensive excavation and backfill in certain areas. The cost of a large project can be similar to the cost of installing a new swimming pool.
Changing the depth of a swimming pool may be easier than changing its shape. Some homeowners want a deeper swimming pool to install a diving board or slide. Because there are safety concerns involving this, you can perform thorough research to determine the ideal depths.
The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals offers standards and specifications when it comes to deciding pool depths. Divers will avoid hitting the sloped ends of the pool towards the shallow sections.
Typically, the process involves excavating the bottom of the pool to make a deep end where it would be safe to dive, and you can also add a sloping ramp for easy access to and from the shallow areas of the swimming pool.
If you’ve had your pool for years or move into a house with an old swimming pool, you might notice that the surface has worn out. You may see cracks on the plaster, or you may find it discolored. These are a few signs that it’s time to replaster or resurface your old swimming pool.
Here are some of the popular options to choose from:
- Replastering with white or colored plaster
- Resurfacing with white or colored pebbles
- Resurfacing with different tiles
Resurfacing can give your swimming pool a fresh, new look.
Landscaping around the swimming pool is more than just choosing beautiful plants. Here are some considerations:
- Avoid fruit or flower-bearing trees. They tend to shed and make it harder for you to keep the swimming pool clean.
- Avoid plants with thorns like roses, bougainvillea, cactus, and succulents for safety reasons. You don’t want anyone running into these plants while wearing swimming clothes that leave a lot of skin exposed.
- Choose low-maintenance plants and keep them simple.
- Consult with a local nursery to become familiar with plants. Deciduous plants may look nice, but their maintenance will keep you busy. Evergreens will save you a lot of hassle when it comes to pool maintenance. They can also help you choose between native and exotic plants.
- Avoid trees with invasive roots. They can damage your pool’s structure over time.
- Avoid plants that attract bees. You never know if any of your guests might be allergic to them.
Pool Remodeling is Cost-Effective
The decision to remodel your swimming pool is a big one. You have to consider the time it takes to remodel and the impact on your surroundings and your neighbors as well. Finally, there is the matter of the budget – remodeling is not exactly cheap.
Here are some cost-effective ways to update your swimming pool without breaking the bank.
- Cracked or stained waterline pool tiles can make your swimming pool look unattractive. Replacing even just the waterline tiles can make a lot of difference. It instantly updates the look of the swimming pool for a fraction of the cost of retiling the entire pool.
- Adding water features like a waterfall is an easy way to make a statement. It’s a small thing to do but can have a huge impact on the overall look of your swimming pool.
Installing a saltwater treatment system can also change and improve your pool in a lot of ways. The cost of a new system will offset the future cost of maintenance. A saltwater pool uses fewer chemicals, which makes it safer for swimmers and requires less water testing. The water also stays warmer for longer.
Pool Remodeling Timeframe
The average remodeling time for your swimming pool can be anywhere between two to four weeks depending on the size of the pool and the complexity of the renovation. Elaborate additions could take as much as two months to complete.
Sometimes, builders would find more damage beneath the surface but these are not unexpected. These additional repairs could set you back by a few days.
A swimming pool renovation project might seem like an intimidating task but it will be worth it in the end. A remodeled swimming pool is usually easier to clean and would have additional safety features. You might even add features that can save you on water and electricity bills in the long run.