Budget-Friendly Pool Renovation Ideas

Does your swimming pool feel a little stale to you? Perhaps you bought a house that already came with an inground pool or you built it years ago and your tastes have changed. Whatever the reason, a total pool overhaul might not be financially practical. Thankfully, there are several smaller pool renovation ideas and upgrades that fit into a variety of budgets. Here are a few ideas.

Water Features

Although these are certainly not the most inexpensive pool renovation options, it is often reasonably easy to add features like fountains, waterfalls, cascades, sprayers, and spas to an existing pool design. Usually, for a reasonable installation fee, you can energize a tired pool area with motion and sound. Do note that water features can increase the cost of maintaining your pool by using extra electricity and increasing water volume and rate of pool water evaporation.

Check out our full list of water feature ideas.

Salt Water System

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Salt water systems are becoming more and more popular as a way of servicing swimming pools. These systems use salt to create chlorine in the water so you don’t have to add it via traditional methods. Salt water pools generally cause less irritation to the skin, eyes, and hair. Not only do you save money by not having to buy expensive chemicals, but your pool’s surface lasts longer, as well.

To lean more, read our guide on converting your pool to salt water.

LED Lighting

There is no more cost effective way to quickly and easily transform your pool into an unique backyard sanctuary. LED lights can be installed below the water or anywhere in the pool area, and they come in all different colors. Additionally, they are much more energy efficient than flood lighting or other traditional pool lighting, which helps offset the cost of installation. They make it simple to add your own sense of style to your poolscape.

For more, check out our recommendations for the best pool lights.

Automation Systems

Like all other technologies, pool technology is constantly evolving, and most of the newer gadgets can be retrofitted to older pools. These high-tech systems make having a pool far less work. Some equipment to consider includes robotic cleaners, automatic pool covers, and all-in-one pool automation systems which often can be controlled by an app on your phone.

Thinking About Resurfacing Your Pool?

Resurfacing a pool isn’t cheap, but it is a solid and long lasting way to use your remodeling budget. Since pool surfaces need to be replastered every 10-15 years, this is a way to aesthetically enhance your swimming pool while taking care of a necessary repair. Aggregate finishes come in different colors and incorporate stones, shells, or other materials that can completely change the look of your pool, and, in turn, your entire backyard. Be sure to read my guide on when to know it’s time to resurface your pool as well.

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