Your swimming pool as an investment – some considerations:
In financial terms the value of a swimming pool is based primarily on how big it is. The cost to renovate an existing swimming pool is a fraction of the cost of a new pool. Your pool adds to the total value of your home.
During the current pandemic and being mindful of the ‘stay at home’ advisories, your swimming pool becomes a focus for enjoyment and healthy exercise in ‘your own bubble’.
Making an existing pool smaller is a costly exercise. There is the build cost to physically reduce the dimensions of your existing swimming pool and then the cost to apply a new surface to your reconfigured pool. Additional costs can include re-positioning of the pool steps, the pool weir and return outlets as well as the pump and filter.
Month-to month maintenance of your swimming pool:
Swimming pool water is the greatest absorber of the impurities that cause your pool water to turn green. (atmospheric dust, foliage ingression and human use). The bigger your pool capacity, the more the impurities are diluted and the longer your pool water will stay clear.
The best antidote for a rough swimming pool surface, persistent algae infestation and surface wear and tear stains, is a new Fibreglass lining. A Fibreglass lining can be applied to any existing pool surface such as brick and concrete, Gunite or Marbelite. Fibreglass pool mosaics will fade over time. We recommend replacement with glass or mosaic tiles which can easily be applied to a Fibreglass lined pool surface and they retain their colour indefinitely. A Fibreglass lined pool will afford +/- 3 degrees warmer water year-round.
Sparkling clear pool water can be achieved by consistently following the four basic steps;
• Maintain adequate circulation and filtration of your pool water.
• Ensure correct chemical balances are maintained in your pool water.
• Practise regular emptying of leaf baskets.
• Schedule regular backwashing of your pool filter.
Conflicting forces of expansion and contraction on your pool superstructure – cause and effect:
If the top of your swimming pool is bounded on one or two sides by solid paving up to solid walls and the remainder of the pool is bounded by soil on one side and pool water on the other, conflicting forces of expansion and contraction play out that can cause your swimming pool superstructure to twist and flex. This is because the top of your pool on those one or two sides can only contract inwards whereas the remainder of the pool superstructure contracts inwards and expands outwards.
The results can include surface cracks appearing near the top on the sides of your pool, pool mosaics tiles can begin dropping off or gaps can form between your pool coping and your pool superstructure. The coping itself can crack and the grouting of surrounding tiles /pavers can become loose and easily removable.
The installation of an expansion joint around the swimming pool can resolve these issues.