If your swimming pool is more than 15 years old or is starting to look a little “dated” to you, then you might be interested in a pool renovation. This can be a simple face lift, or it can be a whole lot more. No matter how old your pool is, it can be renovated to look like a stunning masterpiece that was just built yesterday. Here are seven ways to renovate or restore your pool:
Resurfacing an in-ground concrete pool restores beauty and comfort to cracked or roughened surfaces and extends the pool’s functional life. For pools with a vinyl interior, a replacement liner in a new pattern can transform your pool overnight. Fiberglass pool owners can also consult with an APSP member professional for the product that will make your pool look like new.
2. Add a Water Feature
Add something extra to your pool area with a creative waterfall. Imagine a natural-stone waterfall made with stones collected from your region of the country with water cascading over them into your pool. Many companies also offer natural-looking artificial stone waterfalls for a fraction of the price of natural stones. Waterfalls are the perfect complement to lagoon-style or free form pools, and they also can add visual interest and beauty to more standard shapes. Add a full rock wall complete with cascading water to one end of your pool and enjoy the illusion of relaxing at the foot of a mountain. For a romantic feature, create a private rock cave hidden behind your new waterfall. Underwater seating ledges can make your case even more appealing!
3. Add a Hot Tub
One of the best pool area remodeling projects to promote health and wellness is the addition of a spa. Hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in the hot tub, consists of three main healing ingredients; heat, buoyancy, and massage. Together, they create an experience that is both relaxing and healthy. Hot tub hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure.
Water is so pure and simple, yet it can do the most amazing things. Whether you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, having trouble sleeping, or are just plain stressed out, spending time in hot tub spas can provide therapeutic benefits for just about everyone.
4. Install New Tile
Just as a new backsplash transforms a kitchen, new tile can set the tone for your beautiful new look. By selecting from the vast tile options available, you’ll make the most dramatic improvement in appearance for the greatest value.
5. Enhance Your Surroundings
Consider a new or updated pool deck. You can extend the look of interior flooring to experience an outdoor family room with man-made or natural materials. Stain existing concrete. Or brush up dated, cracked or stressed concrete patios with a thick overlay and new finish. Add a sound or media system, or even an outdoor kitchen or fireplace for greater enjoyment.
6. Consider New Lighting
A well-lit pool with an interesting lighting design is a must-have feature for your pool remodel that makes it even more appealing. When planning your pool lighting design, take your yard, landscape and pool size and design into consideration to highlight the best features. The shape of the pool is a notable factor, as curvilinear pools require more land analysis than rectangular ones. The color of the pool’s interior finish also influences lighting decisions. For instance, how will the color rendering of the lamp be represented? Also, take into account the texture of the pool’s interior. Different lighting sources can produce a variety of shadow effects based on the nature of the surface material, which can sometimes highlight subtle imperfections.
7. Think Technology
New automatic cleaning systems have units that “walk” along with your pool floor. These newer systems require practically no supervision. And you can still swim while the system cleans your pool. Digital controls make operating pool equipment easier than ever, letting you control lighting, heating, and cleaning with the touch of the button or with your tablet or smartphone. And upgrades like a salt chlorinator system or a solar cover and heater can improve both functionality and efficiency.