Your beautiful inground pool has been a dependable pal for years, always there when you need a refreshing dip or a stress-relieving splash. But whether you have a gunite, fiberglass or concrete pool, time can take its toll. Pressurized water, disinfecting chemicals, the freeze and thaw cycle of mother nature all cause leaks, cracks, peeling and flaking over time.
At Neave Pools, we get a lot of questions from customers about their aging inground pools. What options are there to give an aging pool surface a second wind?
Whether you’re replastering a gunite pool, upgrading to new energy-efficient equipment or in need of an inground pool liner replacement for a vinyl pool, a few renovations can make your aging backyard pool look like new.
Gunite Pool Restoration
Is your gunite pool plaster stained and looking worn? Does it look bare or thin in some spots? Have you felt rough areas of the pool walls or floor on your bare skin? If there are more than a few rough areas, it’s likely time for pool resurfacing.
Consider New Plaster
Bare spots in the plaster can let pool water through to the structure of the pool and can affect its integrity. While these bare spots can be patched, it doesn’t look great, and one bare spot is usually soon followed by another. Gunite pools typically need resurfacing after 10 to 15 years.
Follow-up notes: Once you have new plaster on your pool, pay close attention to the water chemistry. Proper pool chemistry is essential following replastering so that your new pool finish won’t stain, and will last as long as possible.
New Pool Tile And Coping
Dirty, worn-out or missing tiles and crumbling coping are surefire signs of a pool’s age and need to be replaced. Pool coping is the edging placed around the top edge of the swimming pool. It separates the pool structure from the pool decking.
If some tiling is missing or cracked and coping is disintegrating, it’s likely that water is damaging the pool’s underground structure. The repeated freezing and thawing of winter expands any cracks and can lead to serious deterioration.
New tiles come in a variety of materials, finishes, designs, and styles. There are several options for new coping, too, including poured concrete, precast concrete, and natural stone.
Vinyl Pool Renovations
If you have a vinyl pool, the liner may need replacing after 10 to 15 years. Take a look. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur to the vinyl liner. Damage to your pool’s structure can cost you a considerable amount of money if you don’t deal with it promptly.
Inground Pool Liner Replacement
Is your liner fading? Discolored? Does it seem to be shrinking around the edges? The combination of sun and chemicals take a toll on your liner.
Is the water level too low? It’s easy to ignore a small tear or hole, but a leaking liner means water is getting into the underground structure of your pool, where it can do serious damage.
The good news? Liners have improved since your pool was built years ago. Liners are stain and scratch-resistant now, and easy to clean. And there are greater design options, too.
5 More Inground Pool Renovations
Is your pool eight, nine or 10 years old? You’ll be amazed at the improvements in pool equipment since then. Many electrical components are far more energy efficient now. If you’re using out-of-date technology to maintain your pool, chances are you’re spending more than you need to on maintenance costs.
By improving the heaters, filters, sanitation systems or even the lighting, you can expect to save money by reducing your operating costs and electricity bills.
Here are a few new innovations to keep in mind:
- High-performance variable speed pumps — they can typically cut energy costs by up to 90% over traditional methods
- High-efficiency filters
- Smart monitoring systems that automate chemical injections and pool pump operations
- Smart automated sweeps and vacuums that work quickly to keep your pool clean.
- LED lighting options that consume less electricity and last much longer than traditional lights
And with the advent of smartphones and handheld devices that connect wirelessly, the operation of your pool can be brought right to your fingertips, anywhere you have a connection to the Internet.
Let Neave Handle Your Aging Inground Swimming Pool Renovation
We all age, and your pool is no different. The best thing you can do for your aging pool is to have a pool service professional conduct a thorough inspection. An expert will check all the primary equipment — pump, heater, filter, drains — for leaks, malfunctions, and operations. They’ll inspect the liner or plaster, the tile and coping for signs of aging that can lead to problems.
The certified service technicians at Neave Pools can assess if a repair is best, or if replacement is your better option. After that, the pool builder pros at Neave are happy to share their best maintenance tips. Proper pool maintenance and water quality can extend the life of your pool.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool contractor consultation.