The Steps & Costs Involved in Renovating Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 11-07-2009 in Articles

Want to renovate your pool but don't know where to start? This article will outline the costs and process involved in a step by step order. Lets look at the 18 main steps to renovating your pool, these 18 steps can vary of course, judging on whether you are installing a water feature, waterline tiles, coping or swim jets, etc.


1. Pump Out
2. Remove Hydro Valve
3. Inspect Soundness
4. Identify And Remove Drummy Marblesheen/Surface
5. Remove Old Coping/Waterline
6. Create Angle Channel
7. Lay Coping/Waterline
8. Grout, Silicon & Seal Coping/Waterline
9. Acid Etch/Sparrow Pick Holes Into Interior
10. Pressure Wash
11. Patch Drummy Areas
12. Apply Bonding Slurry Coat
13. Apply New Interior
14. Acid Expose New Interior
15. Clean Site And Remove Rubbish
16. Install Hydro Valve
17. Refill Pool
18. Chemically Rebalance Pool


The costs involved with Pool Renovations vary between $5,000 to $10,000, depending of course what you are getting done, the quality stone/tile you are getting, as well as the interior finish.


When deciding to renovate your pool, it is best to call and speak with a company first, to see if they offer what the options you are looking for, some will not travel to certain areas, have the same colour options you may be after. Also if you are looking to have your pool ready for the summer months, look at possibly calling up a few months/weeks before the summer rush, to avoid being disappointed.


Once your pool is renovated it is important to remember maintenance. A properly renovated, treated and maintained pool can easily last another 20 years before having to be touched again. The main things to remember after your pool renovation are the two very important steps below:

1. If refilling your pool from your tap, do not stop the water until the pool is completely full. If the water is intermittently stopped at intervals throughout the filling process, it is likely there will be a ring at the waterline which will be difficult if not impossible to remove.

2.After the filter has been started, the pool should be brushed twice daily for the first week and once daily for the next four weeks. Plaster residue accumulates in all newly pebbled pools and produces a cloudy appearance until cleared by the pool filter system. This is normal but, if not removed, the residue will harden and discolour the surface.


Pebblecrete is the most widely used and popular interior for pools today. It has come a long way in recent years, now being available in various colours and styles, commonly in a small 1mm pebble for a smooth finish.

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