Renovating a swimming pool is an essential operation, as it tends to wear out over time. Depending on the state of your pool, this kind of service will be more or less important and more or less expensive. To better support you in your project, let’s discover the budgets you will need to plan for each type of pool, for the coatings and for the equipment.
When should you renovate your swimming pool?
Like everything in your home, a pool ages over time. Wear is felt over the years until it becomes sufficiently extensive to require the intervention of a professional who will renovate the pool.
There are three main types of grounds for reparation:
- A worn coating: the liner or tile shows signs of wear. The first tends to form folds and relax; it must be changed on average every 15 years. The second separates from its support or breaks.
- The accessories are defective: over time, the filtration system, skimmer, pump or nozzles malfunction.
- The layout of the basin must be modified: if you plan to change the appearance of your pool by adding stairs or changing its volume, you will be forced to carry out localized renovations. Take the opportunity to completely renovate it if needed.
The budget for renovating a swimming pool is very variable. It depends on your pool, its shape, its composition, its condition, the type of renovation to be made, but also the prices charged by the professional according to the service provided. On average, this budget varies between 70 and 250 euros per square meter.
Renovate a swimming pool
Renovating a shell swimming pool is possible, but it is essential to call on a professional, because this operation requires specific materials and know-how. On the other hand, it is rare to be able to limit yourself to only a small part of the basin, so you will probably have to consider overall work.
There are three major problems for shell pools: osmosis, gelcoat renovation and crack repair.
The osmosis problem
As part of osmosis problems, blisters filled with acetic acid form on the pool’s gelcoat layer and can pierce the hull. As soon as they multiply and are clearly visible on the surface, it is advisable to intervene without waiting too long.
The repair consists of sanding, cleaning and then sealing the blisters before applying a new layer of sealant to the entire hull, then finishing with a new gelcoat.
Applying a new gelcoat
The gelcoat is not related to the waterproofing of the swimming pool. This is a surface layer that gives the hull a smooth and very aesthetic appearance. It tends to wear out naturally and needs to be reformed every 10 to 15 years.
This type of renovation consists of sanding and then applying a new layer of gelcoat. It is rare to be able to do only a partial renovation, most professionals will advise you a complete renovation for a better result.
Repair cracks in a pool
Some shell pools can crack depending on the movements of the surrounding terrain. If these cracks are deep, they can cause leaks and compromise the entire structure of the pool.
This type of renovation consists of sealing the cracks with resin and glass mat. A new layer of gelcoat is then applied.
Renovating a shell swimming pool will cost you between 800 and 5,000 euros on average.
Renovate a concrete swimming pool
This type of pool remains the easiest to repair and can be partially renovated without risk of complication.
Several types of operations can be done: repairing cracks and enlarging the pool.
The repair of cracks
It is common for concrete pools to crack over time, which can lead to leaks. Sealing cracks effectively is essential to preserve the structure of the pond and to prevent water from escaping.
This type of renovation consists of enlarging the cracks and cleaning them. A specialized putty for damp environments is then applied before finishing the coating.
Expansion of a concrete swimming pool
It is the only type of pool that you will be able to enlarge, reduce or of which you will have the possibility of modifying the size. You can even revise it completely if you get tired of your pool or if you acquire an old pool that you want to redesign.
The renovation of this type of pond costs 50 to 1,000 euros per square meter.
Renovate a wooden swimming pool
This type of semi-buried or above-ground swimming pool needs regular maintenance due to the fragility of the material and the permanent exposure of the pool to the vagaries of the weather. Exposed to humidity and temperature variations, wood swells, shrinks, splits, cracks and changes color.
To restore the wood of the swimming pool to its natural luster, there are sobering products that clean the wood and prepare it to resist humidity. A saturator will restore its shine by preventing dulling or graying if applied once a year.
replacement of wood
When the maintenance of a wooden swimming pool is not carried out regularly, the wood deteriorates and it may be necessary to replace certain parts. This type of renovation must imperatively be carried out by a professional so as not to compromise the structure of the pool.
The renovation of a wooden swimming pool is invoiced between 100 and 3,000 euros per square meter.
Renovate a pool liner
When the structure of the swimming pool is not compromised, it is enough to renovate the coating. This type of renovation is the most frequent, because the coating, whether liner, gelcoat or tiles, is the most exposed. Also, it needs to be changed every 10-20 years. It’s not just about aesthetics; Failure to renovate a liner can damage the pool and cause leaks.
The renovation of the liner
The liner is placed on the pool support. This waterproof bag is made of welded PVC layers that adapt to all pool shapes.
If your liner is simply punctured, you can simply repair the hole with the appropriate equipment, without having to empty the pool.
If, on the other hand, it is worn and if it forms creases, you will have to have it completely changed by a professional. To do this, the old liner should be dismantled and the PVC support completely cleaned before sealing the worn areas and fitting a new liner.
Count 3,000 to 15,000 euros for a new liner.
Swimming pool tiling renovation
Changing your pool tile is easy, especially if you’re using the same pattern. Broken or loose tiles can be replaced very simply.
If you want to change the aesthetics of the pool or replace an aging tile, it is possible to retile the entire pool.
Renovating the tiling of the swimming pool costs on average 20 to 50 euros per square meter, excluding the price of the installation.
Renovation of swimming pool coating
Some concrete pools have a painted coating that wears off within two years and needs to be reapplied by a professional. Count around 30 euros per square meter.
Renovate pool equipment
The basin itself is not the only one to wear out over time. The various equipment that surrounds the swimming pool and which contributes to its operation is also altered.
- The pool deck: the beach is the part that surrounds the swimming pool on all or some of its sides. It is generally arranged to embellish the pool and to collect the garden furniture. In wood, concrete, paving or whatever the material, it can be renovated when it is worn out to preserve the pool and your comfort. Allow 100 to 1,000 euros per square meter depending on the type of work.
- The pool cover: whether you have opted for a tarpaulin, a shutter or a shelter, you will be forced at some point to renovate the protection in order to preserve the quality of the bathing water, the safety of the space and the temperature of the pool.
- La filtration : defective filtration will not allow you to preserve the quality of the water in the pool, to guarantee the elimination of bacteria and germs or even to prevent the formation of algae.
- Heating: an old heater wears out faster and faster. It is not effective in heating the pool comfortably and it consumes a lot of energy to achieve a disappointing level of performance.
If you want to take advantage of a renovation of your pool to add accessories, now is the best time. Adding steps and lighting costs around 200 to 800 euros. To make your old-fashioned pool a modern infinity pool, count 6,000 to 10,000 euros on average. As for the installation of massage jets, it is possible for a budget of around 1,000 euros.