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Swimming Pool Remodeling Overview

Swimming Pool remodeling is a general term used when describing making certain changes to the pool at one time, such as a combination of resurfacing, tile and coping replacement would be considered a pool remodeling project. Certain items can be replaced or re-finished individually, and some can not.

For example, you may not be able to replace only the pool coping without damages to the pool tile and, you can not replace only the pool tile without creating damages to the interior surface.

In-ground Pool Renovation is a term used when making vastly larger and more extreme change to the pool or spa such as changing the shape, adding a spa to an existing pool, or other considerably large improvements.

THE POOL REMODELING PROCESS

As most swimming pool renovation projects go this all happens in stages. The overall process of a swimming pool remodel project is basically the same major steps with a few other details included, depending on the scope of work. Our approach to the pool remodeling process starts with an expert background in engineering and construction with over 20 years in the field service. Our mission is to show you the realistic design opportunities that may be hiding within your current pool design layout.

 

You can (and should) combine other pool repairs & upgrades that need to be addressed or added at the time you do anything major like remodeling. In this project, in just a few weeks our team was able to change the total look of this pool but also make some minor improvements along the way.

 

  1. Drain down and prepare the pool for the work
  2. Demo & remove the old out dated waterfall
  3. Clean up the area and prepare for the new materials
  4. The considerations are important, and the signs that you need to make some major improvements might be obvious but some may not.

Pool Interior Surfaces

  • Standard pool interior pool surfaces
  • Performance pool interior finishes
  • Resurface inside of pool

Tile & Coping

  • Standard pool waterline tiles
  • Accent tiles
  • Premium glass pool tiles

Decking Surfaces

  • Cool Deck / Spray Deck Textured
  • Overlay textured
  • Flagstone, Tile, or paver decking surfaces

SWIMMING POOL RENOVATIONS & RESURFACING

For inground pools there are several main categories that can be included with a pool remodel project, such as:

  • Interior
  • Beam
  • Decking
  • Equipment

These categories include items within that you may be able to repair or remodel individually.

Pool Interior

The material inside of your in-ground swimming pool is what keeps the water from soaking through the concrete structure, and also is the finishing surface that is to feel nice and look good. There are varieties of swimming pool surface plasters to choose from with colors ranging from white to black and every shade of blue in between. When considering to remodel your pool, resurfacing the interior can be done as a single job or combined with other work.

 

Pool Beam

At the water’s edge sits the pool coping, usually brick, travertine, flagstone and the waterline tiles which are usually ceramic, and some being glass tiles. If you have missing, broken, cracked pool tiles it may be time to remodel. You should not replace the pool tiles without also including pool resurfacing.

 

Decking

We can help you add some more patio space, or simply change the look of your existing pool deck.

  • Cool Deck
  • Travertin Pavers
  • Concrete Pavers
  • Stamped Concrete
  • Stamped Overlay Concrete

Pool Equipment

Pool equipment can be repaired until the parts for them can no longer be located. Old pool equipment is usually replaced with updated and more energy efficient models like variable speed pool pumps, and cartridge filters or digital control systems. Many of our clients choose to upgrade their main pool pumps to variable speed because of the large savings in energy use to operate the pool each year.

Our techs are always on the look-out for broken or weakened coping stones, cracks in the pool interior plaster, and leaks on the equipment pad to make sure any issues are caught before getting out of hand.

 

Sometimes we are contracted to remodel an old swimming pool just because the owner does not like the way it looks. Taking a proactive approach to the overall integrity of a swimming pool is also important. Most of the signs that an in-ground pool needs a major repair or renovation include the following:

 

Included with each of our weekly pool maintenance plans our techs will always visually inspect your pool and equipment to make sure everything is running top notch before it turns into a large pool repair or remodeling project.

How soon can you swim after plastering pool?

How soon can I swim in my new pool?

At this stage of the pool project you are close to the finishing line and it is crucial that you (or your pool professional) perform a ‘pool start-up’ procedure without the interference of any bathers in the pool.

new pool plaster filling process

This part of the process is going to be the same for new pools as it is for how soon can you swim after re-plastering an existing pool.

Common pool filling & start-up questions

  • How soon after filling a pool can you swim?
    • After the pool is full it usually takes up to 1 week before the pool is ready for you to swim.
    • The shortest timeline we have seen for swimming after filling a plaster pool is 5 days.
  • How long after plaster can you fill a pool?
    • Generally, a plaster interior pool must begin hydration right away, so it will begin filling the same day it is installed.
  • How long does it take to plaster a pool?
    • Depending on the size and skill level of the installer it can take anywhere between 4 to 8 hours to plaster an inground pool.

Pool Interior Finishes Curing Time

Pool interior surfaces will need special tasks performed to properly cure for the best overall results of color and exposure, as well as to help aide in starting off with a smooth surface that feels good on your hands & feet.

Typically, pool plaster interior is hard on the surface within 24 hours, but takes up to 30 days to fully cure 100% through.

For best results you should follow the NPC standards for swimming pool startup after installing a new interior surface. Not following the recommendations can disqualify your pool from a pool interior warranty, and could result in unsightly blotches during the 30 day curing process.

the curing time of gunite pool plaster

Although you can expect to swim within 2 weeks, you need to take special care of the pool interior during the first 30 days.

There are a lot of surfaces available. Depending on what your pool builder installed, you should follow the pool start up directions from them specifically, but here are some general guidelines to follow.

BRUSHING

The more brushing, the better. No matter if you have a smooth quartz or regular pebble finish, this part of the start-up process will ensure that the surface exposes all of the small details evenly. Brushing the new pool finish at least twice per day is recommended.

You should not skimp out on this part of the process or else you will not have the absolute best results. Most manufactures of pool interior finishes recommend the brushing take place 2x per day for at least 4 or 5 days.

CIRCULATION

Circulating the water during the start-up process is highly important. When the brushing begins, there will be some residual material, some call “plaster dust” that will need to be filtered out. The water used in filling the pool for the first time is not treated for a pool, and when chemical changes are made the circulation system must be on to propagate the chemicals properly.

CHEMICALS

The recommended chemical ranges for initial plaster pool startup are different than the normal maintenance ranges. Depending on the surface you have installed will determine how your pool will be chemically treated initially.

Dark colored pool finishes are temperamental and require a high degree of attention and usually need a very low pH range to expose the finish evenly followed by a pH neutralization period. If you have a dark colored pool finish you will most likely be doing what is called an ‘acid startup’ or something similar.

Light colored pool finishes are easier to deal with in terms of chemical adjustments and monitoring but should be done with care.

In any case, you are going to need to do a LOT of brushing, and the pump should run for the first 3 days continuously.

This procedure can take anywhere from 1 week (for basic plaster surfaces) or up to 30 – 45 days (for dark-colored finishes). Don’t worry, you will not have to wait an entire month to swim in your new pool. Within about 1 – 2 weeks (depending on your choice of pool interior) you can dive in!

Even though you can swim after 2 weeks, you may still need to keep certain things in mind such as:

  • Keep the auto pool cleaner out of the pool for at least 15 days, and 30 days in some cases.
  • Do not use a roller vac on the plaster surface for at least 15 days.

swimming pool plaster start up process complete

After the initial brushing curing and filtration along with the chemical adjustments which you should continue monitoring. The first week of starting up a new inground gunite pool is the most critical time for making sure you get the desired end result. Once you are past that point the pool is open.

Do not rush this time when filling up your pool and the startup sequence thereafter. Below we have included a link to a swimming pool chemicals guide for everyday use that should help you keep pool chemical levels in correct ranges.

when the new pool is finally ready

Just filled the pool with water, now what?

Take a moment to download the swimming pool maintenance PDF guide so that you know what to do after the pool is filled with water and it’s time to swim. Keep browsing our website for even more information on caring for your swimming pool.

SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE POOL CARE GUIDE PDF

Homes For Sale With a Swimming Pool

Homes for Sale with Pool & Spa

Are you looking forward to finding a new home with a swimming pool? We can make a few recommendations that can help you identify and asses a home with pool you may be considering purchasing.

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Purchasing a Home with a Swimming Pool

The best way to live anywhere is with a backyard swimming pool! Many homes include swimming pools that have already been installed by a previous owner and are in high demand for the areas & neighborhoods.

There are a few key points to consider and inspect prior to buying a home with a pool & spa. As of 2019 there have been large spikes in the number of new homes built and new swimming pools installed into an already highly popular and demanding housing market.

Home & Pool Inspections

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It is highly important that the inspector you hire to perform the home inspection is either qualified to perform the swimming pool inspection or works with a competent & qualified swimming pool inspection company. Potential issues with the pool may not be evident upon a glance by a home inspector, and this is where it is suggested that you work with a pool company that can perform the inspection and add to the home inspectors report before you purchase the house.

Previous home owners may use cosmetic repairs to cover up major issues, and you don’t want to buy into a new home that had all of it’s problems covered up so they could sell it. The same goes for and includes the swimming pool.

Even if your home inspector will include the swimming pool, we have found that most are not as educated on the standard construction methods specifically for swimming pools in Montgomery County, and this is where you can begin to get mixed information. So if you receive an inspection report that includes the pool from a home inspector, we strongly suggest that you get a second opinion assessment from a pool company local to the area.

Now, not all swimming pool companies are the same, and some pool companies may even try to sell you on things you do not need. So we also suggest that you practice discernment when reading the inspection reports from both the home inspector and pool company.

What to look for when buying a home with a pool

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Inspecting home with pool

You can get a feel for the home you are considering buying from viewing the property, and there are some very obvious signs of distress that one can see just by taking a look. So, here are a few big things to look for when viewing a potential home purchase (with or without your home inspector)

  • Pool and equipment in Working order
  • Clean and blue or clear water
  • Pool circulates and filters water correctly
  • Pool cleaner installed and functions properly
  • No obvious leaks on pool equipment, no excessive noise coming from pool equipment
  • Think about safety, pool fences, gate latches, self closing gates, etc
  • Most pools in Montgomery county must have fences, but not everyone follows this rule
  • No major cracking on the pool decking, coping, tiles or otherwise in or around the pool
  • No cracks inside the pool shell structure (if there is a visible crack inside of the pool you will want to pass on purchasing that home, it will become nothing but costly problems in the near future)

Additional Factors to look at – Home for Sale with Pool

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Appraisal of Home with a Pool

  • Appraisal typically adds roughly around 10% of the amount spent on the pool to home appraisal and compares that to the nearest local market values, and will also increase the amount of property taxes. (These are factors that play into the cost of a new home with pool when you are comparing the prices.) – If you are thinking about buying a home without a pool with the intention of installing a new pool, most advisers say to keep the pool budget less than 15% of the value of the home. So if you purchased a $300,000 home you would want to keep the budget for a new pool somewhere around $45,000 or less, anything you spend over that amount will be your own personal preferences and gains.
  • If there are many homes with pools in the neighborhood you are more likely to make a sound investment ( you don’t want to be the only home with a pool in the neighborhood because your market price is assessed based on the comp in your neighborhood and partially within the county.
  • Looks inviting and fits the property appeal
  • Landscaping that is nicely installed
  • Elements of privacy

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Related questions about homes with pools

Do swimming pools add value to a home?

According to houselogic

In some areas, adding a pool may increase your annual property taxes, but it won’t necessarily add to your home’s selling price. For that reason, try to keep your total building cost between 10% and 15% of what you paid for your house, lest you invest too much in an amenity that won’t pay you back.

Read more info from their article here: https://www.houselogic.com/by-room/yard-patio/what-to-consider-before-building-pool/

 

Conclusion & Final Thoughts

The art of finding the perfect home is not easy to master, that is why we rely on the expert information from real estate agents. Buying a home with a pool is great because there is no delay in keeping cool after moving into that new home. We want home buyers to be aware of the factors that play an important role in knowing if you are making a sound home purchase decision. We gather information about swimming pools and how it relates to purchasing a home from our own experience in providing pool service but also in our relationship with realtors who hire us to make swimming pool inspections.

As with any big life purchase, a home is something you should take your time to consider all of the details and how well the residence will hold up over time. No swimming pool lasts forever and will always need some type of TLC but you can know a good one when you see it if you know what to look for.

As Dave Ramsey puts it:

“if your heart is set on adding a pool, don’t look at it as an investment in your home, but in your lifestyle.”

We could not agree more, the reason for having a swimming pool is not to resell it, having a swimming pool means having an active and healthy lifestyle where you spend more time outdoors and with your friends and family – there is no price tag for these occasions and memories!

Read more on what Dave has to say about investing in your home & property here: https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/pool-increase-decrease-home-value

If you are driven by money, by all means follow the numbers strictly, but if you enjoy the lifestyle you do not need any other reason to justify owning a swimming pool!