The most common reason for embarking on a pool renovation project is to reclaim space or update the shape and style of the pool. An old pool may show signs of fatigue and need a facelift to bring it back to life, or the pool may have been designed in isolation, not considering its relationship to the home or alfresco spaces.
When undergoing a pool renovation, the first step is for a qualified landscape architect or designer to assess the current pool to suggest modifications to provide a more aesthetically pleasing and functional pool.
Cosmetic changes may include reducing the size to utilise space in the landscape, re-tiling, re-plastering or lining. The most important thing is to make the pool an asset within the overall landscape.
Resurfacing your pool makes an old and outdated pool look modern and new. In addition to the aesthetics, the surface of your pool is essential for maintaining the structural integrity of the shell. The surface acts as a waterproof coating preventing water from allowing concrete cancer to develop within the reinforced concrete shell. The surface also ensures that chemicals stay in the water and prevents them from being absorbed into the shell.
Painting your pool is a cost effective method to make an old pool look new and rejuvenated. Pool paints come in a variety of different colours and offer a hard, smooth, easy to clean surface without nooks and crannies for algae to lodge in, unlike other rough, porous surfaces. Pool paint has a life span of between seven to ten years.
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Vinyl liners are a popular choice for many pool owners since they come in a wide variety of colours and patterns. In addition, they are extremely cost-effective and comfortable to walk on for your feet. On top of this, special additives are available to prevent fungus and algae growth, and this fact makes vinyl easy to maintain. That is not to say that this pool lining does not have its downside. While vinyl is durable under most conditions, rips and tears can occur in these liners, which will call for periodically replacing them. The additional expense of this may negate their affordable price.
Replastering your pool is a great way to give it the facelift it needs, and with so many different colours to choose from, you can completely change the look and feel of the overall space. Unfortunately, though, plaster doesn’t last forever. Depending on how much you use your pool and how well you clean and maintain it, pool plaster can remain viable for anywhere from seven to 20 years.
Tile is one of the most durable pool finishes and offers an array of design possibilities. Tiles are often applied to the pool’s waterline, floor, or steps to provide a colourful accent; but they can also be used to finish the total interior of a pool. Tile’s glossy appearance makes the most of water’s reflective properties and are adored for the artistic look and upscale glamour they lend to pool designs and other water shapes.
It is a common myth that a tiled pool is considerably more expensive than a plastered pool, however, this is not true. In most cases, the difference is negligible. To find out more about the benefits, read our blog article – Why tile my pool?
Changing the depth and overall “footprint” or shape of a pool are two of the most common projects undertaken to overhaul older pools. It doesn’t matter what size or shape your current pool is, it can all be altered to create a new, modern pool that is functional and aesthetically pleasing. The design options are endless and limitless!
Pool covers are a cost effective and convenient way to save water, chemical and heat evaporation. They also will save you time and money when it comes to the maintenance of your pool. When it comes to the type of pool blanket and the method of installing it, there are a variety of options available.
Pool blankets can be made of either a lightweight bubble plastic or insulating foam material, both types float on top of the water. They can be installed manually, with the assistance of an above ground roller or by using an underground blanket box (manual and automated options available).
Hard pool covers are made of interlocking slats that rest on the surface of the water, and can support the full weight of an adult. A reel operates the slats, automatically covering and uncovering the pool at the push of a button. These covers also provide a great safety aspect.
The surface around the pool is critical. Ensuring the surface underfoot is soft and does not attract too much heat is important. Natural timber under shade is a great solution and a soft travertine stone paver is great in the areas exposed to a little more sunlight. All of this needs to match with your home and overall design style you are trying to achieve.
Travertine pool pavers will give your pool area a natural look. They are a natural limestone material and are slip resistant. Unlike other pavers such as concrete and brick, the travertine pool pavers remain cool under foot. Due to their long-lasting capacity, a range of colours and patterns, slip-resistant, and warm tone, they go well with any pool.
Concrete Pool Pavers materials are strong, smooth or textured and durable. They are made in different colours and styles. The best paver advantage of using them for pool paving is they are salt resistant, when you select the correct range.
Brick Pool Pavers are rarely used as pool pavers today but are always a good option for salt resistance & slip resistance. Clay brick pavers are the most durable of all paving around sale chlorinated pools. One of the big advantages of using them is that they don’t crack or fade due to continuous exposure to the sunlight.
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Aggregate is ideal for pool surrounds. Removal of the top cover delivers an attractive skid resistant surface that gives a glimpse of the natural stones underneath. There’s a vast range of colours and different compositions of crushed granite, earthy mixes of pebbles and sands.
Decorative concrete is versatile in design and composition. It can be shaped into stylish curves or the regimental straight lines of premium tile work. The top layer of the concrete may have a brushed-through, or a stamped pattern effect, or can be even further honed to give the appeal of a premium polished floor.
Adding grass around a pool adds colour and texture and softens the overall hardscape. Natural grass does not absorb heat like stone, brick, concrete, and other man-made surfaces making it more comfortable on bare feet. It does of course need constant maintenance and be durable enough to withstand chemical splashes.
Timber decking is a very flexible and attractive material to use around your pool and provides a much cooler surface to walk on when compared to concrete or tiles. Timber generally provides a very good non-slip surface and when installed correctly, ensures excellent drainage. The natural colour of the wood can also provide a stunning contrast to the light and vivid blues of a pool, enhancing its visual appeal even further.
Adding a water feature to your pool can add a whole new element to your project. When choosing the feature itself, consider the scale of the pool and the surrounding garden. If it’s too big, it will completely dominate the space and too small it will look like it was just “plonked in”. You also need to take into account the size and orientation of the equipment needed to operate the feature and how to conceal it to achieve that clean, seamless look. Some options for water features include; water walls, water blades, water spouts, water jets, fountains and water decks.
A well-located pool can add a month of swimming time either side of summer through passive solar heating of the pool. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and other supplementary alternatives need to be considered. Fully understanding initial and lifecycle costs of the various heating options (most commonly solar, gas and electric) and their size and space requirements are worthwhile prior to installing your pool. Screening and positioning of these along with the pool pumps and filtration away from your pool living areas and alfresco spaces is recommended.
Lighting within and around your pool is critical to its success. Not only does it create an atmosphere within the pool space, it adds to the feel of the whole garden and home, sometimes visually extending your home at night. For energy-efficiency, try LED lights. They are easy to maintain and are cost-effective to leave on for extended periods of time.
It will keep you and your family safe, and in some cases, add an element of privacy. The type of fence you choose depends on your aesthetic preference. Fencing options typically include glass, aluminium and masonry walls. Glass has a luxurious feel that allows the fencing to disappear and showcase the pool as the feature. Aluminium and steel fencing are a more cost-effective solution, and if placed correctly in the right garden can fit well.
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With so many elements to consider when undertaking a pool renovation, it is quite easy to feel a little overwhelmed.
Why not take advantage of a complimentary consultation with our in-house Pool specialist who can provide you with expert advice on all the options available to you.
TDL Pools specialises in clever pool designs, merging innovation and practicality in a way that reflects your individuality and sense of style. A swimming pool that is sympathetically integrated into your backyard, adds new flexibility to your homes living and entertaining areas.
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