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5 Upgrade Ideas To Refresh Your Swimming Pool


Swimming pools are a great feature to get your family outdoors, create memories, and relax or cool down on hot summer days. Yet, like any other home feature, pools require upgrades and improvement projects to keep them looking fresh.

Here are just a few of the many ways to upgrade or refresh your swimming pool.

Refresh Your Lining or Coping

One of the most accessible value-adding options for upgrading your pool is to replace the lining or coping.

Replacing an older pool liner with a new one can help to keep the pool water clean and improve its appearance. This is a necessary upgrade for many long-term pool owners. Depending on the usage, quality, and sun and chemical exposure, pool lining may need to be replaced every 10-15 years.

The coping is the edge of the pool that surrounds the decking. Upgrading the coping to a new material, such as stone or pavers, can give your pool a new look and feel.

You can also upgrade the tile along the water line to improve the aesthetic qualities of your pool. Adding some amazing glass pool tiles can transform your tired pool into a luxurious waterscape.

Replace the Decking

Adding a new deck or patio around the pool can provide a fresh look and create additional space for lounging and entertaining.

Staining and resealing the deck around the pool can protect the wood and extend its lifespan. You can also treat your patio with a faux concrete finish to reduce slipping and add a high-end look.

Consider how you can upgrade the decking to make the space more functional, such as adding tiers, accessibility features, or ledges around the railing for drinking and dining.

Add a Water Feature

Adding a water feature to your pool may feel ostentatious, but it’s probably more affordable than you think. Keep things simple with a few fountains or spillovers, or get creative with artistic water features that create grottos and play features.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can add a spillover spa or waterslide.

Install New Lighting

New lighting in and around your pool can also breathe new life into the space and make it more functional on those balmy summer nights. This upgrade also improves visibility and safety.

Install LED lights in an in-ground pool or add waterproof tube lights around the edge. If adding lighting in the pool isn’t optimal, you can also hang string lights around the space or install uplights near trees and plants for a luxury resort feel.

Add a Heater

Imagine getting an extra month or two out of your pool each year. Installing a heater is a costly upgrade but well worth it for avid swimmers and splashers.

Alternatively, installing a spa with a spillover feature will double as a pool heater. Look for an option that allows you to turn the spillover off so you can continue to use the spa in the winter.

These are just a few of the ways to upgrade or refresh your swimming pool. The best approach will depend on your budget, your desired level of investment, and your personal preferences. It’s often helpful to consult with a pool contractor or designer to determine the best options for your needs.

Dave Petty
Dave Petty earned his Master’s in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, focusing his 20-year career on inground pool construction and hydraulic systems. Since joining our website as a freelancer in 2020, Dave has provided insights into custom pool designs, construction techniques, and sustainability in pool maintenance. His background includes roles in architectural engineering and as a water feature designer. Beyond work, Dave is a mountain biking enthusiast and a volunteer in local water conservation projects.

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