Or perhaps the same home, but you haven’t used the pool in quite some time for whatever reason. Starring at your inground swimming pool that’s in disrepair all season is no fun. Luckily, now is a good time to start researching and making plans for that old pool by either bringing it up to code, replacing it, or removing it.

We discuss these three options for your inground pool: renovate, renew, or remove.

First, determine what condition your pool is in.

The initial state of your inherited pool greatly influences your renovation choices. If your pool is mainly unkept but functional, a deep cleaning might suffice. Check the pool’s surface, pump, filter, and surrounding areas. If they’re in good shape, simple maintenance like pressure washing and pool shock might restore it. However, it’s best to consult with a professional for tasks like acid washing a concrete pool’s interior.

What if the pool works, but the parts don’t?

Pool equipment, like pumps and filters, can deteriorate, especially when exposed to water and freezing temperatures. If not winterized correctly by previous owners, the machinery might be damaged, including pipes and fittings. Be prepared; major equipment can be costly. If the damage is extensive, consider whether renovation or a complete replacement is more feasible. In such cases, contact a trusted pool maintenance company for help determining what is best for you.

When the pool’s plumbing thrives, but the surfaces dive?

Regardless of maintenance, gunite/concrete pools require resurfacing every 10 to 15 years, costing upwards of $10,000 based on size and intricacy. Improperly cared-for concrete pools might need earlier resurfacing. Vinyl liners have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years, and replacements by professionals typically start at $4,000. DIY replacements are risky and not advised. While fiberglass pools don’t usually need resurfacing, restoring a neglected finish can be expensive, with costs for smaller pools often exceeding $10,000.

Should I renovate or replace my pool?

Some old pools may be beyond effective restoration, especially if neglected for a long time. If faced with an irreparable pool, homeowners must fill it or replace it. For those uninterested in a pool, the decision is straightforward. But for others desiring a backyard oasis, replacement might be the wiser choice if the current pool doesn’t align with their preferences in terms of size, shape, depth, or features.

To decide between renovating or replacing your old pool, consider the following:

  1. Will the renovated pool meet your requirements?
  2. Is renovating more cost-effective than replacing it?
  3. How crucial is having the “ideal pool” to your vision of homeownership?

Many homeowners with old pools find that regardless of potential renovation savings, they’re not fond of the pool’s design or features. Whether it’s an outdated look or unappealing shape for today’s standards, if you feel this way, it might be time to consider a new pool project.

How much does replacing a pool cost?

Replacing an old pool is akin to installing a new one in terms of cost. Though both involve excavation, renovating a neglected pool can sometimes be pricier than a fresh installation. Since we solely work with gunite pools, we expand a bit on the various factors that affect cost: 

  1. Size and Depth: Larger and deeper pools will naturally cost more to replace.
  2. Location: Labor and material costs vary by region. Access to the backyard can also impact costs. If it’s hard for machinery to access the site, expenses can go up.
  3. Features: Adding features like waterfalls, spa additions, or tanning ledges will increase the price.
  4. Finish: Higher-end finishes, such as pebble or quartz, will cost more than standard plaster.
  5. Demolition of the Old Pool: Before a new pool can be installed, the old one must be demolished and the debris removed. This can be a significant cost.
  6. Additional Costs: This might include reconfiguring plumbing and electrical systems, landscaping, decking, fencing, and more.

If you’ve got an old pool in your backyard, and you’re not sure what your best course of action might be, please reach out to a local pool pro, like Pound Pool Plastering Inc. There are simply too many factors in play for us to recommend one method over another without seeing your pool in person. For extensive pool-building and plastering experience, contact us today!


Pound Pool Plastering services residential and commercial pools in applying a wide variety of pool plaster finishes and complete renovations. We offer Diamond Brite, Sunstone, Hydrazzo, and Marcite – and a great selection of tile choices and coping stones. Owner Dale Pound personally oversees each pool project to ensure the highest quality is delivered. Call or email us for a free estimate.

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