With Summer coming you may be thinking about updating an aging pool with a couple of renovations. Greg Mulvey from Classic Pools and Landscaping, a Best Of HomeStars Award winner, tells us about the top five most popular pool renovations.
Adding a waterfall to your pool’s landscape is a very popular reno and costs between $6,000 and $10,000. 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.
Replacing a concrete deck
The concrete deck surrounding an older pool is often cracked, uneven and an aged 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)
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
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
A sign that your pool’s plumbing may need replacement is if you are losing about 1-inch of water per day (that’s the equivalent of having your garden hose running for one hour!).
The solution? Normally a contractor will change the skimmer and the plumbing lines.
- New plumbing lines: $1,200
- New skimmer: $1,000