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This photo shows how renovations can bring an older swimming pool up to date.Matt Gohlke
This photo shows how renovations can bring an older swimming pool up to date.
Matt Gohlke

Renovations can transform pool appearance

After a number of years, pools can become outdated and in need of a renovation. Some pool owners desire minor changes and some desire dramatic overhauls.

Because of the availability of new products and materials that weren’t available when the existing pool was constructed, oftentimes the pool looks better than it did when it was new. Virtually anything is possible when a willing homeowner is paired with a creative designer/craftsman.

Pool renovations can do wonders for the overall appearance of the backyard.

Renovations can include replacement of the tile or coping, resurfacing the interior of the pool with a dark finish that can give your pool a lagoon look, concrete deck replacement, or virtually anything else one can imagine.

In addition to these visual improvements, it is oftentimes a good idea to make mechanical improvements such as updating the filter, adding a heater or automatic cleaner, or adding computerized pool and spa control systems.

One of the most common upgrades that is recommended is the replacement of the pump with one of the new variable-speed energy-efficient pumps, which will pay for itself in energy savings.

Following are some tips in selecting a pool renovation contractor and how to finance the project.

Selecting a contractor

Finding a dependable, experienced contractor is the key to a successful renovation. Pool owners who have had a pool renovation done are often the best source of advice when trying to select a pool renovation contractor.

When obtaining estimates, ask the following of the contractor:

Do you have completed renovation projects that I can see?

Can you get me a list of referrals?

What type and length of warranty will you provide?

What is covered and what is not covered under the warranty?

Can you provide a copy of your liability and workers’ compensation insurance?

Who will supervise the job?

How long will the project take?

Who is responsible for cleaning up after the project is complete?

Financing a renovation

After the contractor has been selected, a pool owner must decide how to fund the project.

Very few people are in a financial position to pay for a swimming pool renovation project without borrowing money. Therefore, financing is a common method of funding these types of projects.

The two most popular types of loans that are available are a home improvement loan or a home equity loan.

Each of these types of loans has its advantages and disadvantages.

The Denton County area is blessed with fine lending institutions that are able to provide assistance and advice when it comes to financing.

By selecting the right contractor and financing plan, you will be ready to start the swim season this summer with a renovated pool that should provide many more years of enjoyment.