Everyone has a vision of their very own relaxing pool retreat. To successfully turn your vision into reality, you’ll need to take it step by step – rushing through the process or handling tasks haphazardly often results in a subpar pool project.
Here are some of the important steps and things to consider when installing a pool or remodeling your area.
Professional consultation and assessment
- The consultation phase is one of the most important steps when designing a pool area. Professionals will evaluate your land and discuss design options that fit your requirements and preferences.
- It always helps if you have a clear vision in mind. Be sure to determine an ideal budget, and let your consultant know the reason behind your investment.
- Remember to trust the opinion of the professional you’re working with. They know what to look for when evaluating an area for an installation or remodeling project.
- Sunlight and proper pool chemistry are main factors that can damage your pool finishes. Be sure to regularly check chemical levels in your pool, and keep a detailed log of the results.
- If one section of your pool deteriorates, expect other areas to follow. Avoid patching, as it never guarantees a sturdy bond between old and new materials.
- Many pool owners assume resurfacing will take up a lot of time, thinking it can take weeks or months. Typical resurfacing only takes about three to four days.
Variety of choices for finishes
- Plaster – Has the shortest lifespan, but can last for a long time when properly maintained. It is very affordable, but the least customizable as well.
- Pebble – Made out of pebble aggregate, it’s one of the most durable pool finishes available.
- Glass – A vibrant, smooth, and durable pool finish. Very low maintenance for the owner.
- Stonescape – Very versatile, as stonescapes are available in a variety of colors and textures. Gives a pool a natural look.
- A well-designed deck can conceal a pool’s less attractive features by drawing the eye to other features.
- Designs can be made out of a variety of materials, including pavers, wood, composite decking, or natural stone.
- Annual pressure washing is recommended if you want to keep your deck in pristine condition. Use deck sealers to protect custom finishes, and to avoid staining from dirt, leaves, etc.
- Using a light, neutral colored paver can make pool areas appear larger, reduce heat by reflecting sunlight, and complement outdoor décor.
- Large pavers are best for pool areas, as it can enhance the size of any space.
- Pool paving is a tricky task, as pavers are installed around and inside the pool. Hiring a paving expert is recommended.
- Use low-voltage lighting to help you save on electricity bills, while also adding a softer look to your outdoor living spaces.
- Floating lights are an easy-to-use and affordable option for pool lighting. They are powered by rechargeable batteries and are available in different styles and colors.
- LED lights are an environment-friendly option that can last for around 30,000 hours, compared to about 5,000 hours for incandescent bulbs.
Need help with remodeling? Get in touch with us by calling 813-948-9091 (Lutz) or 813-345-8596 (Land O’ Lakes).