Should I Renovate My Pool?
Do you have an existing pool and are in the market for a pool remodel? Our Denton pool services provide the very best in pool renovation. We understand that tastes, designs, and needs change, and we have the necessary skills and experience to bring your pool up to par and then some.
Reasons to renovate your pool include:
- Repairing natural wear and tear
- Upgrading essential pool systems
- Resurfacing and retiling concrete pools
- Changing the depth of the pool
- Including ledges and stairs
- Adding a hot tub
- Including water features
- Adding aesthetic updates to match your home
- Make your existing pool larger or smaller
Regal Pools Gets the Job Done
When you decide on our Dallas, Denton and Collin County pool remodeling services, you will meet with the owner of our company to discuss your details, needs, and requirements in detail. This personalized attention guarantees that your considerations are prioritized as we modernize your pool to fit your needs.
We love helping customers turn their existing pool into something that excites them for years to come. The value of an enjoyable, updated pool can breathe new life into your home. Our vast expertise can guide you in the right direction and we offer creative remodel solutions you may not have considered before.
If you’re a pool owner, then you may already know that a good old-fashioned pool remodeling is due every 7-12 years for standard white-plaster pools. Not only will this keep your pool functioning at its best, it will keep it looking great.
If your swimming pool is more than 15 years old, or is starting to look a little “dated” to you, then you might be interested in a pool remodel or renovation. This can be a simple face-lift, or it can be a whole lot more. No matter how old your pool is, it can be updated and renovated to look like a stunning masterpiece that will save you time and energy, and turn heads for years to come.
Tropic Island Pools utilizes the latest and most modern pool technology available. Choose from different interiors, coping, special lighting, decking, and water features. The structure of the pool is set but you would be surprised at how many ways you can change the design. Add cascading waterfalls for that lagoon appeal or possibly a spa as a therapeutic way to reduce stress.
Popular Reasons Dallas Residents Remodel
- Add new pool features
- Update plaster, decking, and tile
- Improve energy efficiency
- Create an entertaining space
- Create a fitness environment
- Apply new pool finishes
- Convert pool to saltwater
- Replaster for a new warranty
In the last 10 years, the industry has made tremendous strides in minimizing the amount of maintenance required for a swimming pool. So while you’re changing the look of your pool, you have a lot of other options too:
- Chlorine free systems
- Energy efficient heat pumps and solar heaters
- Energy efficient pumps, filters and plumbing
- Ozonators (to reduce the use of chlorine)
- Mineral systems (to stabilize the water)
- Salt water based chlorine generators
- Computerized automation systems
- Built-in automatic pool covers
- Robotic cleaners
On the beautification side, some of your new options include:
- Long life aggregate-based interior finishes, such as PebbleTec
- Waterfalls, water curtains, rain walls, weeping walls
- Water arches, fountains, bubblers, aerators, scuppers
- Natural stone or custom acrylic decking
- Built-in tables, underwater seating
- Tanning ledges, beach entries
- Mosaics and all-tile finishes
- Fiber optic & LED lighting
- Raised gardens, grottos
- Fire woks, fire pits
- You can even add a built-in spa, a vanishing edge, or convert to a perimeter overflow swimming pool.
Designing Your Custom Pool
To get started with your pool project, it helps to first answer a few questions. The answers to these questions enable our Design Consultants to create a design perfectly tailored to your families’ needs and lifestyle:
- How would you most like to use your pool?
- Would you like to use the pool to swim laps or your kids challenge their friends to water volleyball or basketball?
- Will you host gatherings that would require multiple seating areas?
- Would you enjoy the therapeutic relaxation of a nice hot spa?
Pool Shape, Size and Special Features
- Consider how the features of your property may influence the size, shape and type of your pool.
- What style of pool best suits you and your family?
- What will be the view/focal point from the windows inside of your home?
Make Your Dream Pool a Reality
- Our first meeting takes place at your home. We will listen to your dreams, desires and ideas.
- We also discuss any applicable technical considerations such as property access, city permits, neighborhood approvals, and your budget.
- Make a copy of your survey or plot plan for your Design Consultant. This makes us aware of any easements or restrictions in your property.
- Get inspired! Find your favorite style pools and water features on our website and browse your other favorite sites such as Houzz or Pinterest
The right pool tiles can really transform the look of your pool and give it a unique, custom appearance. Blue Science can help you choose the shape and color of a pool tile layout in any area of your pool. Some people dream of a bright glossy set of blue tiles to line the wall of their pool. Others want the more neutral strong look of earth tone tiles strategically placed around their pool space. Whatever your vision, we will bring it home.
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Tile is typically found around the perimeter of a pool or spaat the waterline. Other applications include raised walls, spa spillways, and even trim or spotter tile on benches and steps. Some pools are completely surfaced in tile. Changing your tile can completely transform the look of your pool and hardscape, whether you prefer a decorative look or a look that blends into the surrounding features.
There is a wide range of tile looks and pricing, depending on the material chosen (porcelain, ceramic, glass, etc) and the manufacturer. There is quite a wide availability of choices in the standard selection, those in the lowest pricing tier. Equally as important as tile selection is the materials used to set and grout the tile. We use the highest quality of thin-set mortar and grout materials, and we use the appropriate one for the type and size of tile you choose. This helps insure the integrity of the installation and the lasting beauty of the tile, given the pool is maintained properly.
Really wanting to transform your backyard appearance and create an entertainment area?
If your decks are in such bad shape that sections are falling away from the pool or damaged beyond remedy then upgrading your pool’s deck is a must and Blue Science knows decks. Poured concrete, decorative concrete, colored and stamped concrete, custom stonework, pavers, travertine, you name it and we have your pool ideas covered.
Remodeling Pool Decking
Your pool deck and tile design can be the backdrop for the entire poolscape. Whether you want a clean and modern look, an intimate courtyard feel, or a beautiful natural environment, your deck can showcase your backyard oasis. There are many beautiful deck finishes and textures well-suited to your particular surroundings. Choose from flagstone, interlocking pavers, and many other options such as textured concrete or stain. The deck and tile around your pool or hot tub helps to create the setting you’re looking for, so it’s an important choice for the overall look and feel you’re trying to achieve.
Many pool owners will spend more time on their pool deck than actually inside their swimming pool. During a pool remodel, it is important to choose a decorative concrete, stone, or wood pool deck that is inviting, beautiful and provides a safe non-slip surface for sunbathing, entertaining, playing and hanging out. Choosing the right swimming pooldeck is just as important as choosing the right size and shape of your swimming pool. One thing to remember when choosing a deck: if you have a pool with a liner, remember to leave access to the liner so that when it needs to be changed the deck will not have to be cut or removed.
While glazed tile is too slippery for pool decks, unglazed tile adds a touch of elegance to the backyard. Square tiles are the most common, but you can find different shapes and sizes from specialty dealers. Tile is available in many designs to replicate wood, marble, stone or brick. Some tile is self-adhesive and can be put on concrete surfaces, wooden decks, or bare ground that has been prepared and made smooth. Because tile isn’t difficult to install, you can make your existing deck larger if you have space. Tile can also be laid in concrete or by using traditional grout.
Pavers come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and colors. You can use the same size or mixed sizes to create patterns of your choosing. Concrete Pavers, Brick Pavers, and Travertine Pavers are some of the most common pool deck pavers. Each of these materials is suited for pool deck paving because they can endure the effects of the pool water. One of the key features that pool deck pavers create is safety. Pool deck pavers are used for the aesthetic effect and texture it brings to the pool deck area, while at the same time pool deck pavers have a high wear and tear resistance and have a non-slip surface that will last a long time. Pool deck pavers are so versatile giving you many options for the patterns and design possibilities. Pavers can create a range of looks to suit any pool deck.
Stones for pool decks are available in many sizes, shapes, and colors. They are great for adding a natural aesthetic to your yard. Stone decking is the most popular choice for homeowners who have designed a natural-looking swimming pool with boulders and cascading waterfalls. It is extremely durable and can work with any architectural style. Stone finish is also a very convenient option due to its durability. The stone finish pool deck resurfacing is done by embedding large stones, finely cut into a layer of concrete. This type of pool deck resurfacing is probably the best type of finish, as it not only looks good but has many advantages over the other methods of pool deck resurfacing. Another great advantage of this surface is that it provides natural friction. This natural friction proves to be very useful, as it is almost slip-proof.
Pool-side personal touches include selecting from a variety of materials, cuts, and settings to complete the border between your pool and decking or landscaping. Like tile, coping allows you to customize the look of your pool. There is a wide variety of materials available for coping installation. Several factors will dictate which material is best to use for each renovation situation. These include the thickness and width of the existing coping or cantilever deck (which can be cut and removed to make way for coping), cost, and the overall look you have in mind. Flagstone coping is in many cases less expensive than limestone coping and is installed where a customer desires a more rugged, freeform look. Limestone and travertine are used where clean, smooth lines will complement the shape of the pool and the type of tile installed.
Regardless of which you choose, expert installation/repair is a must in order to preserve the integrity of the coping and the materials surrounding it.
REASONS TO RE-PLASTER:
A standard question customers ask is, “How do I know when it is time to re-plaster my pool?” The answer is both subjective and objective. Three questions will help you make this important decision.
DO YOU EXPERIENCE WATER LOSS OR SEE AREAS OF DELAMINATION?
Water loss can occur based on any number of problems, but in this case, let us focus on a few specific issues. First, cracks in a swimming pool structure can show up through the plaster surface. We will make recommendations regarding cracks on a case-by-case basis. Also, water can leak through many of the penetration points around a pool (pool return inlets, light fixtures, etc). If your pool is losing water from somewhere other than plumbing, resurfacing may be a viable solution combined with other work. Delamination is an industry term that simply means the plaster is separating from the surface beneath it. This occurs because of inadequate preparation prior to resurfacing. We use the plaster manufacturers’ recommended product and procedure for preparation, which usually protects against delamination. If you are experiencing either water loss or delamination, we can recommend a course of action suitable for your specific situation.
IS YOUR SURFACE SO ROUGH THAT IT HURTS SWIMMERS’ FEET?
As plaster ages, or because of improper chemistry, its surface becomes rough via etching or scaling. When the pain on the feet is unbearable, it may be time to consider re-plastering. Our typical method of “start-up” (care for the first several days of plaster life) allows for a smooth-but-not-slick surface designed to add years of life to the plaster and make for a comfortable swim experience.
DO YOU LIKE THE CURRENT LOOK OF YOUR POOL?
Whether the previous plaster choice was not your style or the surface and water chemistry were not properly maintained, aesthetic appeal is the final reason to resurface your pool. Consider your pool a blank canvas on which you can, within reason, customize the look of your pool. Contact us today to speak with a renovation specialist about Diamond Brite® Quartz Aggregate finishes, one among a wide variety of beautiful and resilient options that may suit your taste in color, style, and overall cohesion with the rest of your outdoor living space.
Re-plastering preparation and material selection is the difference between a plaster job you will enjoy for years to come and one that will deteriorate prematurely or break loose from the subsurface.
For gunite or concrete pools, plaster is the most desirable finish. It comes in several forms and a multitude of color choices. When applied properly, and barring underlying structural problems, plaster provides a barrier between the structure of the pool and the water in which you swim.
Southernwind is committed to building you a quality pool that will bring you years of pleasure and add to the value of your home. That’s why we’ve created this rigorous construction process. We’re proud of our product and our company operations, and strive to be the most professional company in the industry.
The Southernwind Pools Construction Process
1. Layout and Dig
7. Tile and Coping
In this first phase of construction, the basic shape of your pool’s shell is painted on the ground in your yard, the hole is dug, and excess dirt is removed. The hole will be slightly larger and deeper than the finished pool, as the pool shell wall and bottom will take up some of this area.
2. Pre-Plumbing/Interior Plumbing
It’s now time for the installation of all interior/underground plumbing. We will dig trenches as necessary and place high-grade NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) approved “Schedule 40” PVC pipe and fittings in place. For the time being, they will be “stubbed out,” for completion after the “shotcrete” phase is complete.
Average time depends on scope of work and delays: 7 to 14 days.
Our tile crews will install your pool’s waterline tile and skimmer(s). Additional work may also be performed during this phase by a different set of crews if rock is used in your pool’s design.
If your pool design includes a rock waterfall that is inside the pool, this can be installed after the tile has been installed, and completed prior to the deck phase.
If your pool design requires a retaining wall at the edge of any part of your deck, it will be constructed at this time. If your design includes a turn-down wall, it will be poured as part of the deck fabrication.
3. Steel and Inspection
After your pool has been dug, we will line the hole with reinforcing “steel rebar” to add the strength required for your pool’s Shotcrete shell. We will attach a ground wire to this steel for later use in grounding your pool equipment.
After installing the steel rebar, we will notify your municipality that the job is ready for a “steel-and-ground inspection.” An inspector will review your pool plans and inspect the job site to make sure everything is up to code. We will then schedule the Shotcrete phase.
Average time: 1 day.
Our crews will pneumatically apply the concrete that makes up your pool’s shell and steps. If your pool design includes any swim-outs, fountains, or a Shotcrete spa, those elements will be part of this phase as well.
Average time: 1 day.
Our crews will remove the forms used to shape your pool, and haul away any trash that is left in the area. (This step often occurs at the same time as step #6 – “Plumbing.”)
5. Post-Shotcrete Cleanup
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Average time depending on inspections/weather: 3 to 5 days.
Our plumbing crews will install your pool pump, filter, and gas heater (if part of your pool design), and dig trenches to lay pipe from your pool to the pool equipment. Any pipes for water features such as sprays, fountains, or rock falls will be installed, along with pool return lines and skimmer(s). While our tile crews install the actual skimmer, our start-up crews will install heads for any water features in your design during later construction.
We also run the conduit used for your pool’s lighting system and install lights and light fibers if your pool has fiber-optic lighting. In accordance with your municipality, there will also be a series of inspections.
Average time depends on scope of work and delays: 1 to 3 days.
Our electric crews will run the conduit for the main electric supply used by your pool equipment. They will also install lighting and any wiring necessary for your pool. This step often occurs in parallel with “tile and coping” and/or “deck installation.”
Your pool design may include may include any number of different deck materials. Additionally, each municipality has its own requirements for deck inspections, including termite treatments, forming inspections, etc. If your pool design requires a retaining wall at the edge of any part of your deck, we will install it BEFORE constructing your deck.
Our crews will form the shape of your deck and any planter areas, then run any drains included in your pool’s design. Any steel required by your municipality will be set and connected to the ground wire attached to your shell’s steel.
After the deck is formed, we will notify your municipality so they can inspect the deck, if required.
Once any inspections have been passed, we will schedule the pouring of your deck’s concrete. Once the concrete has been poured, we will apply your chosen rock or tile finish to the concrete deck.
9. Deck Installation
10. Safety Protection Inspection
(Must pass before we can add the interior finish.)
Before applying the interior finish to your pool and filling it with water, you must have the appropriate alarms and/or fences in place, in accordance with building codes set forth by your municipality. We will inspect the pool area to ensure the barrier protection is up to code.
Average time depending on finish: 2 to 3 days.
In this stage, we will carefully prepare the concrete surface of your swimming pool, and then apply your pool’s finish and fill the pool with water. Your finish will actually take several weeks to cure, even though you will be able to swim sooner than that.
11. Interior Finish
After the pool is full of water, one of our technicians will put necessary chemicals in the water to help achieve the best possible finish for your pool. We will also install any special features such as spray heads, fountains, or computer controls at this time.
This also starts the FREE 90 day period where we will maintain your brand-new swimming pool for you.
During this phase, we remove any trash that was created during the construction of your pool, and also complete the final grade of your yard.
In this step, we will show you how to use the features of your pool and equipment, as well as give you the opportunity choose from a variety of maintenance and service packages that allow you to enjoy your new pool hand free as you deserve.
14. Pool Orientation
In most communities, an inspector from your municipality will inspect your pool area to ensure it is safe to use and everything has been properly completed. Your pool is now ready for you to enjoy!