Unbelievable Pool Remodel Tips & Ideas
Having a swimming pool at your home makes for some truly enjoyable summers. And while you love your swimming pool and your whole backyard oasis, you may be realizing that it is about time for some upgrades. There are numerous renovation options to choose from, so which is right for you? We have compiled a list of 9 great ways you can upgrade your pool in order to help give you some inspiration.
1. Re-plaster the pool’s interior
Eventually, after wear and tear have taken their toll, chips, mottling, color changes, and other deterioration can happen to your pool’s interior. Not only are these damages unsightly, but they can even be dangerous.
It’s important to understand that if your pool is lined with the traditional white marcite plaster, it might be time to consider an upgrade. This type of finish generally only lasts 8-10 years.
If it is time to re-plaster your pool, consider other options such as a slip-resistant finish which will deliver long-lasting color and a more unique appearance.
2. Replace dull or damaged tiling
A simple and common pool restoration is to upgrade the tiling that surrounds the interior perimeter of the pool. Known as the tile line, this feature is highly visible both inside and outside the pool.
Over time, these tiles can become dull, or they can be damaged from scratches and chips. There are thousands of design options out there to update this tiling. If you are looking to give your backyard spa a revamp, a fresh tile line in a color that fits your new aesthetic is an easy upgrade to consider.
3. Re-do the coping
The coping is the material that surrounds the edge of your pool and sits between the pool structure itself and the deck. Over time, this material could start to deteriorate. Loose, cracked, or crumbling border pieces should be high on your list of potential renovations. It’s more than just about looks, these damaged pieces can also be a safety concern.
There are many coping material options to choose from, so when making this upgrade keep in mind your personal style as well as special features such as slip resistance and crack resistance. Replacing an outdated or damaged border will immediately brighten up the look of your pool, making it look almost brand-new again.
4. Install a water feature
If you are looking to create a new, soothing focal point for your backyard oasis, consider adding a water feature. From waterfalls to fountains and sculptures that spout water, there are no shortage of stunning options. It is important to keep in mind though, how much additional plumbing might be necessary when choosing a water feature.
If you are trying to keep it simple when updating an existing pool, some of the easiest additions are faux or natural rock waterfalls and deck-based jets that arc into the pool surface.
5. Add a pool mosaic
If you are looking to visually upgrade your pool, a pool mosaic should be at the top of your list. These gorgeous, fully-assembled, additions are a simple, and wallet-friendly way to add some fun, sophistication, or personalization to your pool. Pool mosaics are produced from the highest quality glass or ceramic tiles and can withstand any wear and tear.
There are hundreds of designs available to brighten up your pool. Popular designs include dolphins, turtles, and fish but if you’re looking for something more unique, why not consider a lobster or an alligator. You can also get a custom pool mosaic for a design that is wholly your own.
6. Reduce the depth of your deep end
In the past, it was quite common for most pools to have 8-foot deep ends—regardless of the pool owner’s actual necessity. However, shallower pools tend to be much more popular these days. These shallower pools can often be more enjoyable because they provide more space for people to stand and play. In addition, with less water needed, shallower pools will save you time and money to heat, circulate, and sanitize.
You can make your pool’s deep end more usable by reducing just how deep it is. Consider reducing the depth of your deep end to a more common 4 or 5 feet and you will instantly have a much more functional pool.
7. Install a slide or a diving board
If you are looking to create a space that is a bit more active, you can maximize your fun with a pool slide, diving board, or a diving rock. These are reasonably simple additions but there are many factors to consider when installing.
It is important to keep in mind that these accessories are not necessarily possible on every existing pool. Safety is the highest priority, so the depth, size, and layout of your pool need to be considered. If your pool is a good fit, however, these additions will make your backyard oasis a more fun and active place.
8. Replace or update your deck
If your patio is looking a little worse for wear, the solution may be a brand-new deck. Over time it is common for your decking to crack, chip, or become discolored. It also may be the case that the original decking material is outdated or the shape and size of the deck doesn’t fit your needs anymore. Replacing your deck can solve all of these problems at the same time.
When choosing a new deck surface, consider all of your material options. The most popular include brick, poured concrete, stamped concrete, concrete pavers, natural stone pavers, spray deck, and custom stone masonry. Each of these has its own benefits, so it is important to choose the material best suited for your space.
9. Add a pool enclosure
Living in a tropical climate is definitely a luxury for many reasons, though the bugs that come along with this can be a huge nuisance. If you are being bothered by bugs while trying to enjoy your time in and around your pool, a pool enclosure is an excellent option.
You can enclose your entire pool area with a screen room that will help keep out pests, which will protect swimmers and sunbathers alike. These days, you can even find enclosures that do double-duty by also reducing the intensity of the sun’s rays providing additional protection for you and your loved ones.