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How to Renovate Your Inground Pool

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Did you know that, according to Edison Financial, only 32% of the population in Canada is renting? Additionally, the homeownership rate in the country has gone up steadily for quite some time. Cities that have the highest millennial rates of homeownership include Edmonton and Calgary.

If you’re one of the many homeowners in Canada, something you might have been wondering about recently is renovating your inground pool. However, you might not be sure how to do this, which can be stressful.

Fortunately, in this article, we’ll review how to renovate your inground pool. Finally, you can complete your inground pool renovation and enjoy your pool like never before. Read on to learn more.

Tips on Pool and Pool Area Renovation

In this section, we’ll go over the tips on pool and pool area renovation. This way, if you’re asking, “How can I best refurbish my inground pool?” the process will go as smoothly as possible. This is important because this renovation can be quite challenging to carry out if you don’t know these tips.

Pool Renovation

There are several different things you have to do when you renovate an existing pool that’s indoors. These include setting the budget, inspecting the area, must-haves, shapes, and trends, and converting your pool to saltwater. We’ll review each of these now in detail.

Set the Budget

Often, people think that an inground pool installation can be so expensive that it isn’t a smart financial choice. However, if you do it right, having an inground pool can actually drive up the value of your home. To do this right, create a budget that’s realistic.

Consider the fact that pool remodelling will cost somewhere between $10,000 and $100,000.

Think about your finances so you can figure out what you can afford. Additionally, create a buffer of 20% for unexpected costs.

Inspect the Area

Before you start coming up with inground pool ideas for your renovation, you should contact a professional and have them come by your home to inspect the area. This way, you can ensure that there aren’t any structural or ground issues that will impact the renovation process.

Must-Haves, Shapes and Trends

When deciding on how to renovate your inground pool, think about what your must-haves are. Do you want it to be an area for your kids to enjoy and splash around in? Or do you see it more as somewhere to exercise? Or to relax?

This will help you decide what changes to make to your inground pool.

You should also think about the shape of your pool. For example, if you plan on swimming many laps, you’ll want a long rectangle-shaped pool.

Additionally, think about any popular trends related to swimming pools that you might be interested in including when completing your renovation.

Converting Your Pool to Saltwater

If you’re interested in converting your pool to saltwater, this will require you to install a chlorinator that’s specifically for saltwater, as well as to add salt to your pool water. This will be 90% less than what’s present in oceans.

How It Works

An electrode (salt cell) will be installed in your inground pool’s plumbing. When the saltwater passes from the inground pool through the electrode, there will be an electrical reaction that occurs. This reaction will create chlorine.

You won’t need to add chlorine to your pool because of this process, which is what differentiates these pools from ordinary pools.

What To Know

The cost of saltwater chlorinators falls somewhere between $900 and $2,000. Additionally, they need to be replaced somewhere between three and seven years every time. For this reason, you have to weigh the costs of that versus putting chlorine in your pool to decide if you want a saltwater chlorinator.

Additionally, it’s smart to check pH and chlorine levels each week, put in a zinc anode to prevent corrosion, and choose a saltwater system that’s designed for a pool that’s 30% larger (at least) than your pool.

Pool Area Renovation

In this section, we’ll review what you should consider when completing your pool area renovation. This way, you can ensure that you complete the renovation having considered all the right necessary factors.

Things to Consider

Things to consider when you’re completing a pool area renovation include the price point, maintenance, slip resistance, and materials. We’ll review each of these in detail now so you can make sure you complete your pool area renovation right.

Price Point

Because some of the materials you need for renovating your inground pool can be pretty expensive, it’s smart to compare the different prices so you can find the best ones. This said, remember not to go over your budget no matter how nice you want your pool to look.


You should also consider how much money and work you plan on putting into the maintenance of the pool. If you’re planning to move soon or redesign it later, then there’s no need to invest too much. However, if you’re planning to enjoy your pool a long time, it’s worth spending a bit more on maintenance.

Slip Resistance

A slip-resistant, textured pool area will help in preventing falls and slips around the pool. Patterns that are stamped add texture. However, remember that decks that are unsealed won’t have a slipperiness level as high as those made of polished concrete.

There are also coating options for pool decks that have additives that are skid-resistant.


When it comes to choosing the materials for renovating your inground pool, you should think about the climate. For example, if there are freezing temperatures in your area, you need to invest in materials that will offer protection for your pool in the wintertime.

In this case, it would be best for you to invest in a grout concrete foundation instead of a sand one.

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Now that you’ve learned about how to renovate your inground pool, you might need additional information. Maybe you want to learn about pool design ideas to consider. Or maybe you’re looking for a pool repair and renovation company in your area.

If you are looking for someone to repair your inground pool, we at HB Pools can help.

We’re experts when it comes to pools, and we offer repair services. To learn more about our services, check them out now.

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