What You Should Know before a Swimming Pool Remodel



Swimming Pool Remodel

When considering a swimming pool remodel, there are a few things you should consider before contacting a pool service company.

What’s the Difference between a Pool Remodel and Pool Maintenance or Repair

A severe pool maintenance or repair issue, such as a structural problem, could lead to a pool remodel; but typically, repair issues are just that – replace a part or repair a small problem.

A remodel is a major undertaking in comparison, taking many weeks to complete in some instances. It generally consists of aesthetic changes and/or equipment upgrades.

When Is It Best to Do a Pool Remodel?

The obvious choice is to do a remodel during the swimming off-season. In South Florida, the swimming season is typically between the months of April and October. At either end you have less desire for swimming if you don’t have a water heater. Even with one, especially if you have children, they are more excited about getting into the pool in late spring. After having the entire swimming season behind them, children will not mind as much having a remodel in the fall.

Additionally, many pool service companies consider the late fall their off-season. That means a more focused remodel by the company, fitting you in faster, since their business slacks off during this time. Thus, you have a mess in your backyard for less time and the pool will be ready to use in the spring.

Lastly, a fall remodel impacts your landscape less than when all the plants and shrubs are in full bloom. It is also a good time for planting new perennials and shrubs for spring blooms to complement your pool’s remodel.

What Options Are Available in a Pool Remodel?

In a remodel, the sky is the limit, depending on space limitations, needs and desires.

Equipment Upgrades. This could include upgrading equipment to newer models that are energy efficient and automated. Just replacing older equipment ensures less repairs and longer use.

Automated mechanicals can be programmed. You no longer need to manually turn them on and off. Timers can be used for pool pumps, heaters, lighting and waterfalls. Your pool oasis can be ready right before you wish to use it.

You may wish to opt for an automated solar pool cover, allowing you to use the water heater less and eliminate the manual opening and closing of the cover.

Converting your chlorinated pool to the new saltwater chlorination makes the water easier on the eyes, hair and skin of the swimmers. They use much less chlorine, meaning no unpleasant chlorine smell and a more comfortable swim experience.

Solar powered equipment and accessories are environmentally friendly and require less effort on your part.

Safety Additions. In 2000, Florida passed new codes for residential swimming pools. If your enclosure, gate or access door does not meet these codes, a remodel is a good time to upgrade to these new safety features.

Even with an enclosure, with small children, elderly or mobility-challenged individuals in your family, you may wish to install safety alarms to alert you inside the house when the water is disturbed excessively, indicating someone has fallen into the water.

For anyone with issues of getting into and out of the water, disability access features can be added, using specialty ladders, lifts and ramps.

Upgrading or adding anti-entrapment drain and light covers is essential.

Adding more lighting in and around the pool gives a safer evening swim or party experience.

Structural Upgrades. You would be surprised at the many upgrades you can do to the structure of your pool, especially if you already have damage to the pool surface. Here are just a few:

  • Resurfacing or a new pool liner, using the newer available materials.
  • Add an aggregate texture to the top layer of concrete or paint for a non-slip surface.
  • Upgrade to some of the newer, attractive tiles that add more natural light below the water surface.
  • Change the shape, depth or style of the pool.
  • Add an integrated spa or hot tub.
  • More landscaping with plants and shrubs to add an oasis feel and privacy from neighboring homes.
    Ask your pool remodeling company for other suggestions.

Pool Deck Upgrades. If you are tired of the old pool decking, upgrade to the newer marble or brick pavers, or a spray deck material. Don’t forget to update the pool coping (the area between the pool and the deck), as well.

Accessory Additions. Like structural upgrades, adding and updating accessories gives what seem like endless choices. Here are just a few:

  • Resurfacing or a new pool liner, using the newer available materials.
  • Add an aggregate texture to the top layer of concrete or paint for a non-slip surface.
  • Upgrade to some of the newer, attractive tiles that add more natural light below the water surface.
  • Change the shape, depth or style of the pool.
  • Add an integrated spa or hot tub.
  • More landscaping with plants and shrubs to add an oasis feel and privacy from neighboring homes.
    Ask your pool remodeling company for other suggestions.

Pool Deck Upgrades. If you are tired of the old pool decking, upgrade to the newer marble or brick pavers, or a spray deck material. Don’t forget to update the pool coping (the area between the pool and the deck), as well.

Accessory Additions. Like structural upgrades, adding and updating accessories gives what seem like endless choices. Here are just a few:

The most important of these remodeling tips is to choose the best pool remodeling company.  They should:

  • New railings and ladders
  • A diving board, slide or exercise swim jets
  • Waterfalls or fountains – in the pool or the surrounding area
  • Fire features – there are many from which to choose
  • Lighting in the pool and out – the new LED lighting can change colors for a light show, and operate with automated wireless controls

Choose the Right Pool Remodel Company

The most important of these remodeling tips is to choose the best pool remodeling company.  They should:

  • Have a good, local reputation without major customer complaints.
  • Be licensed by the state of Florida.
  • Willing to discuss the entire process from start to finish with you:
    • What does it entail?
    • What equipment is involved?
    • Will the remodeling company be liable for any damage to the property?
    • Noise levels and during what hours? (Let your neighbors know ahead of time)
    • How will it impact you and your family’s life? Your neighbors?

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Know what you wish upgraded or changed before the remodeling begins. Changing your mind after it starts only causes delays and may not be able to be done.

Plan ahead to accommodate the remodeling process, and it should go smoothly for you, your family, and your neighbors.

Contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches today to discuss all your pool remodeling needs.

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West Palm Beach, FL 33403

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