Is the sparkling pool in your backyard beckoning all to jump in, or is it keeping your summer outdoor party from getting started?
“Our swimming pool is 10 years old. The Pebble Tec has held up great, but I can’t say the same about the tile and grout. It’s the one thing I’d really like to replace,” said Temecula homeowner Beverly Nault.
Whether replacing existing plaster and tile or remodeling an entire pool, there are many things a homeowner must take into consideration before launching into a pool renovation project.
“There is no such thing as a simple re-tiling job,” said Daniel McCullah, owner of Ultimate Pool Remodeling in Riverside. “When tile is removed, plaster often gets cracked. This is the time for a homeowner to have (the) entire pool resurfaced, made new, and often can be completed within a few days.”
As with typical construction projects, time lines and budgets for pool remodels hinge on several factors, according to MuCullah.
When launching into a pool remodel, talk to an expert about:
Equipment – if your pool is over 10 years old, chances are an upgrade is in your future.
Plaster – Should upgrade to Minipebble, Bead Crete, or just re-plaster and paint?
Coping – is it time to fix or replace?
Tile – Are any tiles missing? Or is your existing covered in calcium?
Decking – While the pool is being resurfaced, this could be an excellent time to replace or resurface.
Plumbing – Repair and maintenance can end up saving you on water headaches.
“If you desire is to replace your coping, tile, and plaster, you can typically expect your swimming pool and spa remodel to be complete within two weeks or less. However, if your vision includes remodeling your swimming pool and your entire back yard with new concrete decking, plumbing, and equipment, then the job could take several weeks to complete,” according to the Ultimate Pool Remodeling website.
When foreclosures and emptied pools come into play, pool resurfacing is often only part of the solution.
“Often we’ll find pools are left empty, which is the worst thing for plaster,” McCullah said, “And equipment in foreclosure houses is usually gone. We replace all equipment, repair or replace decking, anything to do with pools.”
Families in search of a pool renovation company should have a clear understanding of their budget constraints, the warranty of the company being hired, and receive multiple quotes by different licensed companies, he said.
“And always use a contractor who is licensed and insured, because if a worker gets hurt during a project, you would be responsible,” McCullah said.
As with any construction project, homeowners should conduct their due-diligence when searching for a contractor. This can include researching both licensing, online reviewers, Facebook following, and research with the Better Business Bureau.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.