Greg Mulvey from Classic Pools and Landscaping takes us through the top five most popular pool renovations.
Adding a waterfall to your pool’s landscape is a very popular reno. There are two main types of waterfalls:
- Sheer descent: a sheet of water that goes over either a stone or brick wall
- Cascading: made of larger boulders and flat stones, typically done in a three-tier system where water comes out in two or three places.
#4 Concrete Deck
The concrete deck surrounding older pools is often cracked, uneven and an aged-looking shade of grey. To replace it, the concrete is ripped out and a sub-deck is poured around the pool. It is then faced with flagstone or interlock.
- Brick: $6,500 Flagstone: $10.000
- Concrete tearout: $6,000-$10,000 (depends on volume and if you can get a bobcat machine in the backyard to make the job easier, otherwise wheelbarrows need to be used)
#3 Pool Lights
Pool lights are a fun update to give to your pool, especially if you have already gone and torn up the concrete! Common options are:
- White pool lights: have a standard bulb, lights up the pool, and allows you to see everyone when swimming at night, making it safer for swimming.
- Coloured LED Lights: typically come in seven different colours, you can pick one or have them alternate creating a light show in the pool.
- White lights, $1200
- Coloured LED lights, $1700
- Additional lights are $600 per light
#2 Chlorine to Saltwater
While doing a pool reno most people will switch from a chlorine system to saltwater as it is easier on the eyes and skin and more comfortable to swim in.
After switching to a saltwater system it is important to ground the pool to prevent electricity and the corrosion of pool parts, caused by salt. To do this, a bare copper wire is placed around the entire pool and then is connected to the steel walls or rebar of the pool.
- Installation of saltwater system: $2100
- Grounding pool: $350
#1 New Plumbing
A sign that your pool’s plumbing may need replacement is if you are losing about 1-inch of water per day (the equivalent of having your garden hose running for one hour!).
Normally a contractor will change the skimmer and the plumbing lines.
- New plumbing lines: $1,200
- New skimmer: $1,000