In addition to refurbishing the interior of their home, many Pittsburgh homeowners are upgrading their concrete pool. During the summer, there is nothing better than dipping your feet in cool, blue water while you sip the beverage of your choice. Also, with the kids out of school for the summer, having a backyard pool always gives them something fun to do.
When it’s time to begin your swimming pool renovations, take a step back and make a list of the changes you would like to see. It is also helpful to do some research on popular, concrete pool design trends, especially if you might be selling your home in the next five years.
Before you make your pool look pretty, be sure it has a strong foundation to start from.
As a concrete pool begins to age, it will require occasional maintenance. It is common to find cracks, chips or divots in the concrete. In addition, as you get ready to use your pool, be sure to test your filter, pump, heater and any other electronics. An experienced pool contractor can help fix anything that you find that needs repair.
Once your concrete pool is working properly, you can turn your focus on swimming pool upgrades. There are two types of upgrades to consider. The first is a change within your concrete pool: finishes. The second is a change surrounding your concrete pool: lighting.
Finishes: One of the most common changes homeowners make to their inground swimming pool is to upgrade the tile finishes. If you have strolled through a home improvement store recently, you know that there are endless shapes, sizes, colors and textures to choose from. Your pool contractor can turn your pool from drab to fab with some new finishes in no time!
Lighting: If you often use your pool in the later afternoon or evening, adding lighting can brighten the space and create a beautiful setting. Lighting used to be about simply turning the light on and off. Today, pool lighting has advanced and you can select lights that display different colors with different levels of brightness at different times. There is even an app on your phone to help you make changes any time you want.
As you turn your attention to upgrades around the pool, consider who your pool guests are. Do you expect to have lots of children using the pool, or will you be primarily using the pool for adult visitors?
For either demographic, having enough space for comfortable seating is key. Perhaps you need to install a concrete patio or extend your wooden deck so you have space for chairs or tables. Over the past five years, there has been a surge in the deck and patio industry with revenues over $700 million in 2017. While you’re upgrading your pool, why not make some positive changes to the rest of your outdoor living space?
If you often use your pool area for adult entertaining, one of the current hot pool trends is to add a poolside bar. This will make you feel like you are on vacation every day in your own backyard.
What is the next step for your pool project?
Whether you decide to make some small changes to your concrete pool foundation or make major changes in areas that surround your pool, it is critical to find the best Pittsburgh pool contractor available. Ask your neighbors for referrals and check pool contractor reviews online before you make your decision.