Smart Options for Renovating Your Pool
Spring has finally arrived here in south Louisiana, and traditionally this is the time of year that many people start to think about home improvement projects. But when it comes to the pool, sometimes people make the assumption that you are stuck with the existing look and feel of the pool, even if you don’t like it.
The fact is there are lots of options when it comes to renovating your swimming pool. Even small things can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the pool and backyard area, so let’s take a closer look at your options:
Easy Renovation Options
Especially with an older pool or even an older home, changing up things like landscaping or lighting can have a major impact. Below are some of the easier, but impactful changes you can make to your pool area:
- Landscaping – replacing or upgrading existing landscaping goes a long way to changing the look and feel. This might include switching out plants and shrubs, or modifying the shape of the garden surrounding the pool. It might also include the addition of new trees and even the addition or the removal of a section of lawn.
- Lighting – Many homeowners achieve a “wow” effect with a pool makeover simply by replacing dated, faded lights with today’s high-tech LED lights. You can choose from a variety of styles and colors and even put on a Vegas-style light show right in your own back yard.
- Better Control& Equipment – Something as simple as installing a remote control system for your pool might help you get additional enjoyment out of it. Control systems such as i-Aqualink work remotely, and allow you to control your pool equipment directly from your phone.
More Involved Changes
The above changes can quickly change the look and feel of your pool, but if you really want to change things up, consider the following options:
- Convert to Saltwater – many homeowners report getting tremendous enjoyment from switching their pool from traditional chlorination over to saltwater.
- Install Rock Water Features – adding a water feature will not only change the visual appeal of the pool, but also the acoustical effect as rippling waterfalls provide a soothing sound to enjoy while relaxing. Water features can be visually stunning, and add both height and depth to any pool layout.
- Replace Coping & Tiles – Replacing the coping and tiles surrounding the pool can completely change the look and feel. With so many options to choose from in natural materials, the only limit you will have is your imagination.
- Repair / Replace Plaster – Fixing cracks in your plaster is important for any pool, but many homeowners choose to change the color of the plaster in their pool during a renovation. In addition to the traditional white color, many people choose darker, more natural colors for their new look and feel.
- Change Entrance or Shape – Some homeowners choose to alter the shape of their pool, or even change the entrance or depth of certain sections of the pool.
How To Get Started
As with most home improvement projects, it’s best to meet with a professional to discuss your ideas early on in the process so that you get a good idea of what your options are and what your budget might need to be. A few specific tips include:
- Get an inspection – before you set your heart on changing the shape of your pool, it’s best to have a pool professional inspect your pool area to assess the condition of your pool, take measurements and get a thorough understanding of your project requirements
- Get a 3D rendering – Ask for a graphic design in 3D which will show you what the changes will look like when completed.
- Ask for a written estimate with options – Make sure to get all prices in writing, and that the estimate is itemized to clearly show the cost of materials, labor and equipment.
- Ask about warranty information – Certain equipment or services may be eligible for a warranty. Make sure to ask what your options are so that you can make an informed decision.
If you have any questions about potential renovation of your swimming pool, please contact us today and one of our pool professionals will be happy to answer your questions, schedule an inspection or offer an estimate.
You can also stop by and visit our showroom where you can browse many types of materials as well as see demo pools which may have some of the features you are looking for.