Looking to remodel your pool? Here's what you need to know.
Updated: Jan 12, 2021
Are you thinking of getting a pool remodeled?
It may be the right time, depending on your situation. Let’s take a quick look at some of the steps that go into remodeling your pool, and whether now is the best time to get these processes started.
Is it time to remodel?
Most pool owners and remodelers will tell you that the best time to remodel your pool is during the fall or winter, or in between October and April. The swimming pool is being used a lot less during this time compared to the hot summer months. You also generally have fewer rainy days, so you don’t have to worry about your project getting pushed back over and over. It’s also a good time when you see cracks or damage in your pool, or if your pool is needing repairs frequently. The pool may have aged to the point where looking into a full renovation may be the best choice for your wallet.
What are the steps to remodeling your pool?
The first step of a pool renovation once your contractor is ready to begin will involve draining your pool. After the pool is finished draining, the contractors will prep the pool. This process can involve chipping any loose material and grinding transition areas. This step is usually dusty and the loudest process, taking one day or longer to complete.
The next step would be to install tile and can take typically 1-2 days. A bond coat is also applied to ensure a good bond of the new finish. After this, a plaster crew of 4-5 men or more will mix and apply the quartz or pebble finish.
The contractors will begin to trowel the surface, which can take up to 6 hours. After the finish has cured enough the pool will be acid washed and water will be added immediately. You’ll want to be close when filling up your pool so you can keep an eye on it, which can take typically 1-2 days, depending on pool size. After the pool is completely full, a technician returns to install jet covers and add initial chemicals including acid and stain preventative. It is recommended to have a professional do the initial care for the first 30 days.
The work is done. What do you double-check?
Make sure when filling the pool up that you don’t stop the water to ensure you don’t get water lines when filling. Test the water and ensure the acid levels are where they need to be, and don’t allow anyone into the pool until the acid levels are balanced. Once that’s done, and the calcium dust is filtered out, you can begin adding chlorine. Small cracks or loose pebbles are normal but always check for any that look concerning and bring them up with your contractor.
How much is this going to cost?
With pool remodels, costs can vary depending on job size, materials, and scope of work. Average size pool 15 x 30 with tile can range from $6,000 - $8,000. The cost, scope of work, and your needs can be discussed with your pool contractor as they outline the job to your specifications.