Home Renovation Series: cost-effective pool renovation tips and designs

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Having a swimming pool at home is extremely convenient –⁠ you can take a dip and cool your body down whenever you feel like it. But in order for your pool to stay safe, stylish, and fully functional, you need to do pool renovation every few years.

In this instalment of our home renovation series, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about updating your swimming pool. We’ll start with the telltale signs it’s time for a renovation. We’ll also share some cost-effective pool renovation tips. Then, we’ll end with some interesting pool designs to inspire you.

Let’s begin!

pool renovation with landscaping

Signs it’s time for a pool renovation

A well-maintained and attractive pool isn’t just for display; it makes your outdoor space more functional. It even boosts the value of your home. Here are some reasons you should consider giving your swimming pool an update:

1. The swimming pool is leaking

If you see that the water level inside your swimming pool has been going down, that’s a sign that your pool is leaking. Pools can get leaks in any of the following parts:

  • Skimmers
  • Valves
  • Drains
  • Jets
  • Fixtures

In case you’re unsure if there’s a leak, you can schedule a leak detection service from your local pool maintenance company. If it is, you can get the problem fixed while renovating your swimming pool. 

2. Visible deterioration

Swimming pools with obvious signs of wear and tear are not only unappealing, but they’re also a safety hazard. Here are some visible signs to watch out for: 

  • Loose tiles
  • Worn out decking
  • Faulty electrical components and lighting
  • Discolouration, tearing or staining on the vinyl pool liner
  • Cracked surfaces
old swimming pool

3. The design is outdated

Pool trends come and go. If your pool still contains old and unsightly tiles, outdated water features, or unattractive decking, then it’s time for a pool renovation. Similarly, if the surrounding landscaping is no longer complementing your pool design, then you should consider a full makeover.

At Superdraft, we can match you with a skilled building designer who can help you update your pool. We can also help you find a reliable builder who can bring your ideas to life. 

4. The size and depth aren’t right

People’s needs change as time passes. Having a 3-metre deep pool may have sounded cool when you and your spouse were just a couple, but having a pool that deep isn’t safe for kids. It may also be wise to add childproof pool fencing.

Another reason to renovate your pool is if it’s no longer big enough for your family or guests. There’s nothing worse than hosting a backyard pool party but realising that the pool isn’t big enough for everyone.

empty swimming pool

5. The mechanism is old and inefficient

Swimming pools with mechanical parts that are past their lifespan need a replacement. Here are some parts you may need to replace:

  • Pool pump: Pool pumps need to be replaced every 8 to 12 years or if they’re creating rumbling/screeching sounds. Bronze or cast iron pumps have also been phased out in favour of composite metal ones.
  • Pool heater: If your heater is more than 10 years old, it’s a good idea to upgrade it to a newer and more energy-efficient model.
  • Pool filter: Pool filters should be cleaned at least every six months and should be replaced if the caps are visibly degrading

6. It’s due for resurfacing

Mineral buildup and temperature variations can stain the topmost layer of swimming pools, causing them to deteriorate. To restore its appearance, it’s best to hire a professional for pool resurfacing.

Generally, plaster or cement pools need to be resurfaced every 3 to 7 years. Meanwhile, fibreglass pools can stay for as long as 15 to 30 years.

LED swimming pool renovation

Cost-effective pool renovation tips

Not every home renovation project has to break the bank. Here are some cost-effective pool renovation tips:

Change the waterline tiles

Blue square tiles were popular back in the 1980s and the 1990s, but these waterline tiles can easily make your pool look dated. Updating them will give your pool a more contemporary feel.

Update the pool surrounds

Changing the pool surrounds is a budget-friendly way to enhance the look of your pool area dramatically. Consider changing the pool surrounds to stone paving, timber, or grass.

Replace the coping

Pool coping is the section that often gets worn down due to salt and chlorine exposure. Replacing it can improve the appearance and functionality of the swimming pool.

Install LED lights

LED light fixtures under your pool can make it safer and more energy-efficient. Depending on the fixtures you choose, you can also change the colour of the LED lights depending on the occasion.

Add a modern water feature

Adding a distinguishing water feature can give your swimming pool a wow factor. These days, you can find sleek and modern fountains that give your pool a nice contemporary look.

sleek water fountain in pool

Pool renovation design ideas

1. Install an expansive pool deck

Install a large pool deck with lounge chairs so you can sunbathe to your heart’s content. Make sure to use wood that’s naturally resistant to water and mould. Some materials you can consider are teak, Brazilian ipe, or pine.

2. Pool renovation idea: add a walkway

Adding a walkway in the middle of your pool means you don’t have to go around every time you want to reach the other side of your backyard. If you have a guesthouse or a patio on the other side, for example, adding this feature would make the space a lot more convenient.

3. Create a complete outdoor entertaining area

The area surrounding your swimming pool is just as important as the pool itself. Consider adding a pergola or a gazebo so you and your family can comfortably stay outdoors.

pool renovation with patio

4. Build a roof during pool renovation

Converting your outdoor pool into an indoor one is a smart investment. That way, you can continue to use the swimming pool, no matter what the season. It also provides added security in case your swimming pool is connected to the neighbour’s lot.

indoor swimming pool

5. Infinity pool renovation

Infinity pools never go out of style. If you’re lucky enough to have a grand backyard view, extending your swimming pool all the way to the edge can give it a stunning appearance.

infinity pool

6. Surround it with natural stone

Installing natural stones around your swimming pool can make it feel like it’s a natural swimming pool. Complement it with some landscaping, as well.

natural stone swimming pool renovation

7. Pool renovation idea: create your own tropical oasis

Even though you don’t live in the tropics, there are ways to make it seem like your backyard is a tropical paradise. Choose greenery that mimics the look of tropical plants, like European fan trees.

How much does pool renovation cost?

Pool resurfacing can cost about $9000*. Meanwhile, a complete pool renovation can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000*, depending on the extent of work needed.*

To get a clear idea of how much you’ll need to spend on the project, ask us for a free quote.

*Figures are only rough estimates.

Get started on your pool renovation project

Updating your swimming pool doesn’t just enhance its appearance; it’s also a great opportunity to upgrade its mechanism and improve its safety features. Whether you’re just making simple cosmetic updates or doing full repair and renovation, Superdraft can help. Using our platform, you can:

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