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A Homeowner’s Guide to Pool Remodeling

Has your swimming pool seen better days? Or have you seen some great pool upgrades that you want to incorporate into your backyard?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it’s time to start thinking about an update. Not sure what to expect when it comes to pool remodeling? We’ve got you covered!

Signs It’s Time to Remodel

Not sure if you’re ready for a remodel? Upgrading our pool might seem like a big undertaking, but it’s easier than you might think and can really enhance your life.

Some of the biggest signs that it’s time to remodel are:

  1. You have a leak.
  2. Your pump, filter, and/or plumbing are outdated.
  3. Your pool style is outdated.
  4. Your decking, tiles, or lights are worn out.
  5. You have a bigger budget and want luxury features.
  6. Your pool isn’t big enough for entertaining.

If any of these apply to you, don’t despair. A simple remodel can fix your problems and give you the pool of your dreams!

Most Common Types of Remodel

There are many different types of remodels to consider. While your pool design should be custom to your needs, we suggest browsing through lots of pictures for some inspiration.

Changing the shape of your pool can make it much more attractive, and the options are virtually limitless. You can also customize the bottom by adding mosaic tiles to create an interesting design.

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You may also consider adding upgrades like a:

  • Spa area
  • Water features
  • Fire pits
  • Waterfall
  • Sun shelf
  • Pool slide

Adding color-changing LED lighting can also make a major difference for extending your backyard entertainment time into the night. While you’re creating your new pool design, you may also consider updating the decking and adding some gorgeous new pool landscaping.

The Remodeling Process

The first thing you’ll need to do is find a great pool contractor. This is the one decision that can make the difference between a stressful remodel and one that is smooth and easy.

Your contractor will help turn your ideas into reality and ensure that the project disrupts your life as little as possible. They’ll map out exactly what the project will look like, give you an estimated start and completion date and provide an accurate estimate.

Once the project starts, it will typically follow these steps.

1. Drain the Pool

The first step is to drain the pool by placing a submersible pump at the bottom. The water will run out into the street, and you can usually expect the pool to be empty within six to twelve hours.

2. Chipping and Priming

Next, the contractors will take care of chipping the pool’s surface and priming it.

This process is usually the most disruptive, as it’s quite noisy. Luckily, it usually only takes about half a day, and the contractors will thoroughly clean up after themselves when they’re done.

3. Tiling

Once the surface is all primed and ready, it’s time for the contractors to add the new tiling you’ve picked out and apply the grout. Depending on the number of tiles and the size of your pool, this usually takes a day or two.

If you’ve decided on a plaster finish, then, on the last day of the plastering process, they’ll add tile trim to the steps.

4. Surface Application

When it’s time to apply the surface, the contractors will usually bring in trucks holding the plaster or pebble mixture. It’s then pumped into the pool using large hoses and hand-troweled. This process usually takes about four to six hours from start to finish.

Once the pebble application is completed, the surface is finished with an acid wash. This usually takes a few hours.

If you’ve decided on a pool with colored plaster, you’ll want to be home at the beginning of this stage so you can confirm that the color is right before the contractors begin pumping it into the pool. It’s likely that the shade will be perfect, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  

5. Adding Water

Now, it’s time to add the water! It’s important that you’re home during this process. If the water is turned off too soon, water lines can form inside your new pool.

Depending on the size of your pool, it may take anywhere between 12 and 48 hours to fill completely.

6. Chemical Start-Up

Lastly, you’ll need to add the chemicals to your water, so it’s pH-balanced and safe for swimming. If you have a pebble-based pool, then this process should only take a few hours. Since plaster is more sensitive, you can expect it to take longer – in many cases, at least a few days.

You may want to consider hiring a professional pool maintenance company to routinely check your pool’s water chemistry and make adjustments as needed. If you prefer to DIY, make sure you have test kits or strips available right away so you can monitor your chemistry.

Once your pool has been running for a while, it should stabilize, but you may need to be more active early on. You’ll have a much better experience if you keep up with this.

Is Pool Remodeling in Your Future?

Now that you know the basic steps to expect from a pool remodeling project, are you ready to take the next step? If so, start dreaming up what would make your pool the perfect backyard oasis, then contact us for an estimate.

Not sure where to start? Give us a call, and our pros will help you redesign your ideal new pool.