Does your pool look a little worse for wear? Do you want to include a pool renovation in your landscaping
and outdoor renovation plans? It sounds like a good idea, but pool renovation
specialists warn that it's not a job to be taken lightly. If a pool renovation is on your "to do" list of home improvement projects, plan ahead so you know what to expect.
What is a Pool Renovation?
Pool renovators agree that many homeowners are taken by surprise when they ask for quotes for a "pool makeover" or "spruce up" and learn that a pool renovation can be much more than just a cosmetic job. If a pool is old enough to need an external makeover, it's probably old enough to need more extensive repairs and renovations than meet the eye.
The first thing a pool renovator will do is thoroughly examine a swimming pool. They will look for signs of external and internal aging, including:
- Equipment such as pumps and heaters,
- Skimmers, and
- Tiling and grouting.
If extensive repairs and replacement are needed, the time to do it is while the pool is being renovated. Otherwise, more cosmetic jobs like re-tiling the pool interior can be a waste of time and money.
How Much Does Pool Renovation Cost?*
In some cases, a pool renovation can cost almost as much as the price of a new pool. This is because removing old tiles, repairing the pool shell and replacing plumbing and equipment is time-consuming. If it looks like that will be the case with a customer, the pool builder often asks them if they are happy enough with the size and shape of their existing pool. Is it worth saving a few thousand dollars or would you rather replace your pool?
If a pool owner is happy with their existing pool, there are a couple of things they can do:
- If the plumbing, hydraulics, heating and other mechanical components of the pool are in good shape, relining the pool with additional coping is the least expensive option.
- If more extensive work is needed, building a new pool in the existing pool is cheaper than starting over from scratch.
Prepare for the worst before you get quotes from pool renovation businesses
and you may be in for a pleasant surprise. That worst case scenario of a renovation costing nearly as much as a new pool is not the norm. Let's say you have a pool that would cost $50,000 to buy and install new. If your existing pool only needs cosmetic resurfacing and some repair work, your renovation might cost only $5,000. If more extensive work is needed, it might cost as much as $25,000, but even that is only half the cost of a new pool.
An even cheaper way to renovate your pool is to have it resurfaced. Three ways pools can be resurfaced are with paint, fibreglass or a special vinyl lining. There are pros and cons to each of these techniques, so ask pool resurfacing
companies about their costs and benefits before you make your decision.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.