If you've been debating giving your swimming pool a makeover, this spring is the perfect time to do it. When you start creating the plans for the remodel, you'll want to consider incorporating some energy-efficient features and a new, long-lasting finish. Here's a look at what you need to know about both options.
Improving Energy Efficiency
By making your pool more energy efficient, you'll cut your energy costs significantly. Over time, you'll be able to recoup much of the investment you make. For example, newer pump models are made to be more streamlined, and they use much less energy than their older counterparts. Also, pump timers make sure that your pool pump only runs when it's programmed to. That way, you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn the pump off and paying too much in energy bills because of it.
Add a pool cover as well if you want to help reduce evaporation. Not only does it reduce the water loss to evaporation, but it also helps to keep dirt and debris out of the water. The less your pump and filter have to work, the more money you save.
Finally, a solar heater is another great energy-efficient upgrade. They are cost-effective to install, and they distribute heat throughout the pool evenly. When you buy your pool cover, look for one with an integrated solar heat panel for the best of both worlds.
Creating a Whole New Look
Refinishing your pool's surface will help to give it new life and keep the pool in good condition. There are many different options for resurfacing, including a fresh plaster application and standard surface treatment or even a custom surface installation.
For example, you can have your pool surfaced with textured pebbles, tile or even glass. The textured pebbles may be good for reducing the risk of slipping, but the texture can be tough on sensitive feet. A smoother tile or glass finish may be better in that case.
As you can see, there are many options for giving your pool new life this spring. Talk to your pool repair contractor or Heritage Pool Plastering, Inc. about what may be the best investment for your pool, particularly if you're starting to see damage such as cracks or other wear in the existing surface. Addressing things like this now can help prevent extensive problems and costly repairs in the long run. Not to mention, it gives you the chance to create a whole new space without the cost of a new pool.