Quick Overview – How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Pool?

On average, homeowners pay anywhere from $4,000 to $17,000 for a pool remodel. For pool resurfacing, the most basic form of pool remodeling, you can expect to pay on the lower end of those figures. A complete pool remodel cost around $12,000 to $17,000, and can go up from there, depending on the features you choose for your new pool.

Find yourself wondering: How much does a pool cost? Or, how much does it cost to remodel a pool? What are the best pool ideas?

If any of the above questions have crossed your mind, you’ve come to the right place. Every remodeling project requires a decent amount of decisions and setting an appropriate remodeling budget. That said, we are here to provide a step-by-step guide for rolling out a pool remodel with as little stress and headache as possible.

Once you finish your pool remodeling project, the end result will blow your mind (without blowing a gasket in your head). Let us help you take the hassle out of your renovation – by showing you how to complete it with ease.

Let’s swim on into it!

Before Starting the Pool Remodeling Process

Before you start the remodel, make sure to choose the materials you’ll want used in the project.

It’s important to solidify this decision before pool remodeling starts, as changing your mind on materials in the middle of a renovation will set contractors back, causing work to fall behind schedule. Of course, as the homeowner, falling behind schedule is frustrating. But for the pool contractor, it can be a big deal – as contractors often schedule jobs one after another, and a setback can cause them serious issues. If you choose to add a pool deck or decking, energy efficient filters, a tanning ledge, waterline tile, a waterfall, and/or shrubbery in the surrounding area, your backyard oasis should embody all the things you love about pools and spas.

Research pool ideas, as well as remodeling ideas, look into adding a pool deck, hot tub or spa, all things associated with your dream pool. Compile a list of your dream pool renovations. From there, rule out any pool ideas that won’t work within your space, narrowing your list down to your top favorites. You can talk with your pool contractor regarding which idea may work better for your remodel. But in the end, you can select any design that you feel will create a backyard oasis. Contractors are skilled and equipped with plenty of experience re-working pools, they can create anything you want done. However, you need to keep in mind that if you choose a pool design that is significantly larger than the pool you currently have, the cost of your remodel will be much higher. Also, take the size of your backyard into consideration when designing your dream pool.

You and the pool contractor you hire will go over remodeling plans, pool service, design elements to incorporate, and set expectations – mapping out the estimated start and completion time. Generally speaking, these expectations are just estimates and may vary depending on several factors, such as unexpected circumstances, bad weather or unplanned events. The best way to prevent your pool renovation time frame from getting off track, is to (as stated previously) choose a plan and materials, and stick with those decisions!

By understanding and applying these tips, you and your pool contractor will be much less stressed, stay on track, and know that you’re on the same page regarding all aspects associated with your swimming pool remodeling.

What to expect during the pool remodeling process?

Below, we’ve listed the various remodeling services pool contractors carry out during pool remodeling projects:

Step 1: Drain the Pool

Unless your current pool is (quite frankly) ancient, you’ll have what’s known as a submersible pump located at the bottom of the pool. It is connected to a hose which leads out to the street, usually near a drain. The purpose of a submersible pump is to suck the water out of your pool, in order to empty it.

The pool draining process can take anywhere from 6 to 15 hours, depending entirely on the size and depth of your swimming pool. Same scenario goes for spas or hot tubs, if they are a part of your pool renovation, they can be drained the same day as your pool.

Step 2: Chip and Prime

Now that your home swimming pool is empty, contractors will proceed with the chipping and priming process.

Homeowners who have requested tiling, whether around the parameter of the pool or tile design work at the base, this is the step where that tiling gets done. As you can imagine, the chipping process is arguably the loudest of all pool remodeling steps – and you can expect it to take an average of half a day to complete. Pool contractors will then clean up the gunite shell, and remaining areas.

Want to know what a gunite pool cost? On average, turn-key gunite pools cost between $50,000 and $100,000.

Step 3: Tile and Coping Installation

Of course, as the homeowner, you get to choose new pool tile for the remodel (if you’re doing tile work).

Contractors apply the grout, and the entire tile installation process takes an average of 1 to 2 days, depending on the number of tiles required and/or the level of difficulty your tile design requires. Keep in mind – if you’ve opted for a plaster finish for your newly-renovated pool, the tile trim on the steps won’t be applied until the last day of the plastering process.

Step 4: Surface Application / Pool Plaster

At this point, contractors will mix plaster with pebble into the proper consistency, then the mixture is applied using large hoses. Pool contractors are experts at hand troweling the surface of your pool after the surface mixture is applied, leaving a perfect texture all throughout the new swimming pool. Surface application takes approximately 5 to 7 hours to complete.

Step 5: Pebble Work Application

The pebble application work is fairly simple, and should only take a few hours.

After the surface application is completed, contractors apply the pebble material you’ve chosen prior to starting the swimming pool renovation. Afterwhich, contractors spray an acid wash over the entire surface of the pool – officially signifying the start of the pre-filling step.

Step 6: Filling the Pool with Water

After the pool plaster and pebble wash is in place and completely dry, it’s time to fill up the pool with water.

Homeowners absolutely must be present as contractors begin, and all throughout, the pool fill up process. This is essential, as the pool will form a permanent water line on the inside of your new pool if it only gets filled halfway, or ¾ of the way to the top. You MUST fill your new pool up to the very top (or the skimmer opening).

You may control the flow of water by either turning it up (to speed up the water flow), or turning it down (to slow the water flow). Depending on the size and depth of your renovated pool, the filling process can take anywhere from 12 to 50 hours.

Step 7: Chemical Balancing

The next step will hinge entirely on whether you’ve chosen a plastered pool, or a pebbled pool. With plastered pools (as opposed to pebble), it will take several additional days to complete, as plaster is more sensitive than pebble. Due to that fact, plastered swimming pools require the water’s pH level to match that of an acidic state for a longer time period than that of pebble based pools.