How to Update an Old Pool

Has your swimming pool seen better days, or are you thinking about remodeling or revamping your outdoor area to create the pool of your dreams? In this guide, we’ll discuss how to update an old pool, providing practical tips and inspiration for new designs. 

How to tell when your pool needs remodeling or resurfacing

Swimming pools don’t last forever, and they often bear the brunt of general wear and tear and exposure to adverse or changeable weather conditions. If it has been a long time since you had your pool installed, or you’re worried about the condition of the pool, it’s wise to consider maintenance and repairs, including remodeling and resurfacing. Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Flaky, peeling plaster
  • Heavy surface staining and discoloration
  • Rough, uneven plaster
  • Cracks and crevices in the plaster
  • Cracks and holes in the structure of the pool
  • Rust
  • Sudden, unexplained fall in water level

When you have a pool at home, it’s always beneficial to ensure you keep up to date with basic maintenance and that you keep a close eye on the surface of the pool and the external structure. If you spot any of the signs listed above, it’s advantageous to seek advice. Cracks, peeling and staining tend to get worse with time and intervening early can save you money in the long term.

If you seek advice from a reliable contractor, they will assess the condition of the pool and provide recommendations. Surveys will reveal the extent of any damage and evaluate performance. If there are issues, you can address them, choosing to resurface the pool or embark upon a remodeling project. 

Finding a reputable contractor

If you are planning a pool remodel, or you have concerns about cracks, stains or peeling plaster, you’ll want to work with only reputable, trustworthy, and experienced pool contractors.

Before you make any decisions about who you want to remodel, resurface or redesign your pool, take time to undertake extensive research. Ask neighbors, colleagues or friends and family members for recommendations, read verified reviews and client testimonials and get a series of quotes.

Discuss ideas with contractors, go through individual plans and quotes and look at examples of previous work. Take your time to compare prices and design ideas. 

Popular features for a modern pool

If you’ve decided to update or upgrade your swimming pool, here are some highly sought-after features you may wish to incorporate:

  • Tanning ledges and sunbathing decks
  • Swim-up bars
  • Integrated planters and garden features
  • Waterfalls and bridges
  • Customized spa areas and hot tubs
  • Sheer descent water features
  • Boulders and rock displays
  • Grottos and caves
  • LED lighting
  • Raised decking
  • Fire features
  • Tiered spas

The features you choose for your pool remodel will depend on several factors, including the size of the pool, the size of your yard, your budget and your personal preferences.

You may be looking for a chic, smart, traditional pool or you may be keen to embrace al fresco entertaining and go all-out with spas, bars and colorful lighting. Whatever your requirements, you can discuss ideas and plans with a remodeling company and start working on designs together. 

Give your pool an update

Whether you’re noticing signs of wear and tear or just want to modernize your pool, it’s beneficial to seek expert advice and to consider resurfacing or remodeling your pool.

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