How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Pool?
Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Swimming Pool
You would never settle for a kitchen stuck in the 1970s, but what about your pool? Like everything else around the house, a pool needs to be updated from time to time to improve both aesthetics and functionality.
There are about 1,000 ways to remodel a pool, from basic resurfacing for a quick facelift to major reconstruction that changes the look of your entire backyard. Your preferences, budget and the condition of the pool will determine the best option.
Because there are so many ways to remodel, prices are all over the place. You could spend just $500 to replace a broken part (if you count that as remodeling) or tens of thousands to resurface the pool, upgrade the plumbing and redo the patio.
About Swimming Pool Remodeling
Resurfacing or replacing the lining of a pool is perhaps the most common remodeling project. Concrete pools need be resurfaced every 10 or 15 years because they are prone to cracking. You can resurface the pool with basic concrete, or you can opt for a fancier finish such as quartz or tile to add color, pattern and texture. With vinyl pools, the liner needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years or so.
Upgrading plumbing and/or technology is also a popular remodel, particularly with older pools. This is often done in combination with resurfacing, but it doesn’t have to be. You might want to replace leaky pipes or upgrade to energy-efficient parts such as saltwater chlorination systems, variable-speed pumps and modern filtration systems. Or, maybe you want to add lighting and digital controls.
Finally, there are aesthetic improvements. This is where the possibilities are endless. You can add features such as waterfalls, rock walls, fountains, slides or diving boards. Build in a sun shelf, tanning ledge, beach entry or infinity edge. Redo the decking or patio, adding custom stone, brick or tile. You can even change the shape of the pool. Of course, most of these improvements fall into the high-dollar category.
Cost to Remodel a Pool
It is extremely difficult to estimate the price of a pool remodel because every project is different. The cost really depends on the extent of the renovations, and to a lesser extent the size of your pool and your location. The best way to get an accurate price is to seek multiple quotes from pool builders in your area.
That being said, the average cost is typically somewhere between $4,000 and $15,000. Basic resurfacing and repairs fall on the low end of that range, while resurfacing combined with plumbing and technology upgrades falls on the high end or above. Aesthetic improvements are all over the map when it comes to price, depending on what you choose. You could spend $100,000 or more for a complete transformation of the pool and backyard.
- Minor repairs to decorative stonework or tiles might cost $1,000 or less.
- Upgrading your filter and pump might cost $500-$1,500.
- A new liner for a vinyl pool costs about $3,000-$5,000, including installation.
- Basic concrete resurfacing costs $5,000-$10,000, although fancy features such as quartz or tile could push the price much higher.
- Redoing your patio could cost anywhere from $2,000-$10,000 or more, depending on size and they type of concrete. No surprisingly, decorative concrete is more expensive than plain concrete.
- Redoing a deck usually costs upwards of $15,000.
Choosing a Contractor
When you’re spending thousands of dollars on a pool renovation, you want to make sure the contractor you hire is experienced, honest and fair. Of course, you also want the best price possible. Here are some tips to aid you in the selection process.
- Look for a contractor that specializes in pool renovation, not just pool building(although some companies specialize in both). Pool renovation is a very different process than building a new pool - you need someone who is familiar with older styles of pools and how they function.
- Ask friends, neighbors and trusted acquaintances for references. There’s peace of mind in knowing the company has done good work for someone you trust.
- Get estimates from at least three contractors to compare costs. Eliminate any company that comes in suspiciously high or low. When you decide on a company, make sure you get a signed contract outlining the project cost (by the line item), as well as the project timeline.
- Do some background research on any company you’re thinking of hiring before signing a contract. Check references and the company’s track record with the Better Business Bureau. Always ask for proof that the company is licensed and insured - that way you won’t be liable for accidents. And be wary of any company that doesn’t have a website or an actual office.