Time can take a toll on your in ground pool. But just because your pool is showing some signs of age doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for your beloved backyard entertainment source. A good remodel, repair or update can help breathe life back into it and extend its life by a decade. Here are a few suggestions:
New Tile And Coping
Cracked, worn or missing tiles not only make a pool look old, they are also a sign of a bigger problem: water could be leaking through and slowly damaging your pool’s underground structure. In the same way, pool coping (the top edging around the top a pool that separates it from the deck) can crumble over time, making your pool look old and allowing water to seep in and cause damage.
Replacing worn tiles and crumbling coping can add years of life to your pool – as well as give it a new look. Pool tiles are available in a variety of materials, finishes and styles. You have lots of creative and attractive options for new coping, too, including poured concrete, precast concrete and natural stone.
Vinyl Pool Lining
The biggest indicator of your pool’s age is the lining. It’s inevitable: the combination of time, sun and chemicals takes a toll on your pool liner, causing it to fade and shrink. But your pool’s lining is about more than just appearance. If the water level is consistently too low, a leaking liner may be the problem. And it’s a problem you can’t really afford to ignore – water is getting into the underground structure of your pool, where it can do serious damage. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur.
The good news? Liners have improved dramatically in the last ten years; they are now stain and scratch-resistant, easy to clean and are available in a much wider variety of design options. Refinishing your pool’s lining will not only make your pool look and work like new again, it can make it look better than it ever did.
If you’re using out-of-date technology to maintain your pool, chances are you’re spending more than you need to on maintenance. By improving the heaters, filters, sanitation systems or even the lighting, you can reduce your operating costs and electricity bills.
Even if your pool is structurally sound, you may want to upgrade its looks or add some fun features. You’d be amazed at the improvements in pool equipment over the last decade. Here’s just a few of the features available to give new life to your pool: fountains, waterfalls, hot tubs, children’s areas, zero entry beaches, swim-up bars, in-floor cleaning systems and LED lighting.