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Pool Remodeling Cost

The average cost of remodeling a pool is $8,000.

In this guide

Repairs
Replacements
Additions
Converting a chlorine pool to a saltwater pool
Change size and shape of pool
Pool painting
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to remodel a swimming pool?

Having a swimming pool can be a great source of fun and recreation for you and your family. But pools require a lot of work and maintenance to keep them at their best. Sometimes even this is not enough, however, and your pool needs more serious remodeling. Remodeling your pool usually encompasses different areas of repair or replacement at once, or it involves a more serious change regarding the type, shape, or nature of the pool.

The average homeowner with a concrete pool will spend around $8,000 on retiling their pool and redoing the concrete patio surrounding it. Keep in mind, however, that there are many ways to remodel a pool, all of which impact your total costs.

Repairs

Repairs themselves may not lead to a full remodel of the pool. But if the need for repair is extensive enough, it may be considered a remodel. Repairs may also be combined with a larger remodel of the pool.

Average repairs that may be carried out during a pool remodel include:

RepairDescriptionCost
Cracks/breaks in the pool wallResurfacing or replacing the surface of the pool$300-$5,000
Regrouting

Digging out and replacing the grout 1

between existing tiles in the pool

$500-$1,000
Light repairReplace faulty or broken lights in the pool$500-$3,000
Above ground pool refurbishment

Replace the liner 2 of the pool

Repair cracks in the pool wall

Replace or repair broken deck planks

$500-$5,000
Retiling

Replacing the existing tiles lining the walls

of the pool with new tiles

$600-$3,000
Step repairRepair or complete replacement of pool steps$1,000-$3,000


Replacements

If an area of the pool cannot be repaired, it may need to be replaced. Replacements can be minor or a major undertaking if they represent a large portion of the pool. It is common for some minor replacements to be done during a larger renovation:

ReplacementDescriptionCost
Leaf netNew pool leaf net and handle$10-$20
SkimmerNew pool skimmer with all parts$40-$60
VacuumNew automatic pool vacuum$250-$500
Pool copingReplacing concrete coping around the pool perimeter$500-$3,000
Leaky pipesLeaky pipes$500-$3,000
Pool deck 3New concrete pool deck 3$2,000-$3,000
Pool liner 2

Replacing the pool liner 2 in a vinyl 4 pool

Resurfacing a concrete pool

Resurfacing a fiberglass 5 pool

$2,500-$3,500

$2,500-$4,000

$3,500-$8,50


Additions

Remodeling is also a good time to add or make changes to the pool that were not part of the original structure:

AdditionDescriptionCost
Fountain bubblerDecorative fountain that continuously flows$50-$300
Pool coverManual or retractable cover for the pool$75-$15,000
Diving boardDiving platform or board mounted on the side of the pool$400-$600
Fire featuresA fire pit added to the deck of the pool$500-$3,000
Rock cascadeDecorative structure added to some waterfall features$500-$15,000
WaterfallContinuously flowing decorative water feature$500-$15,000
Digital controlsControls for lights, water features, pump 6, and heater$500-$1,000
SlideSlide mounted on the side of the pool$750-$14,000
Pool lightsIn-water lights mounted on the pool walls$1,000-$3,000
Fencing

Fence enclosure with secure, self-latching gate

surrounding the pool deck 3

$1,100-$3,000
New stepsNew concrete, fiberglass 5, or vinyl 4 steps leading 7 into the pool$2,000-$3,000
Zero barrier entry

Beach-style entrance to the pool,

allowing the user to walk into the water without stairs

$3,000-$7,000
GrottoDecorative structure added to some waterfall features$5,000-$10,000
In-ground hot tubSeparate hot tub sunk into the pool deck 3 beside the pool$10,000-$20,000
Infinity edge

Allows water to flow continuously over the edge of the pool,

filtering and recirculating it

$25,000-$30,000


Converting a chlorine pool to a saltwater pool

Saltwater pools are an alternative to basic chlorine 8 pools. They convert chlorine 8 to salt, keeping the pool balanced with less maintenance and fewer chemicals. Many people prefer the feel of the salt water on their skin and the lower cost of yearly chemical maintenance. Converting an existing pool to a saltwater pool is fairly straightforward and involves the addition of a salt chlorine 8 generator, which costs between $400 and $1,800. If you have a stone pool deck 3, you will need to replace this because saltwater can harm the stone. A new concrete deck starts at $3,000.

Change size and shape of pool

In some instances, it is possible to change the size and shape of your existing pool. This involves completely removing the existing pool shell or material, digging a new hole, backfilling any used space, and installing the new pool. Costs are similar to that of a new pool installation ($37,000 for vinyl 3, $50,000 for fiberglass, $60,000 to $70,000 for concrete). There may be additional charges involved in the demolition as well as the disposal of the old pool. It is not uncommon for costs to go as high as $90,000 when changing the size or shape of an existing pool.

Pool painting

If you have a concrete pool, one way to finish the interior is with paint. Pools may be painted with either acrylic or epoxy-based paints. Costs for the average paint job are around $500 to $700 on average, which is significantly less than other finishes. Paint jobs last around 5 to 7 years on average before needing to be painted again.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Homeowners who want to make their pool more energy-efficient may want to look into solar heaters or solar covers as well as into solar deck lighting.
  • Concrete pools need to be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years to eliminate cracks. Vinyl and fiberglass also need to be resurfaced, closer to every 7 years.
  • Depending on the scope of work you undertake, you may need a permit to remodel. Check with your local municipality to be sure.
  • Having a swimming pool on your property raises your liability insurance, and, therefore, your insurance premiums. Call your insurance agency to find out what your rate will be.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to resurface a pool?

Resurfacing your pool will cost between $2,500 and $8,500 depending on the type of pool you have.

  • Can pools be remodeled?

Yes, pools can be remodeled in a variety of ways including upgrades, replacement of things like steps and lights, and resurfacing of the interior.

  • How much does it cost to reshape a pool?

Reshaping a pool is essentially the same cost as installing a new pool. Expect to pay between $37,000 and $70,000 on average.​

  • When should I resurface my pool?

Depending on the type of pool you have, resurfacing should be done every 7 to 10 years. ​

  • What is the average cost to replaster a pool?

Replastering costs between $2,500 and $5,000 on average.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Grout 1 Grout: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
glossary term picture Liner 2 Liner: A covering, usually made of vinyl, for the walls and floor of a swimming pool, used to keep the water in and protect the pool's surface.
glossary term picture Pool Surround 3 Pool deck: Decorative border or edging around a swimming pool, often including a fence
glossary term picture Vinyl 4 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture Fiberglass 5 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric
glossary term picture Pump 6 Pump: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means
glossary term picture Lead 7 Leading: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications
8 Chlorine: A chemical added to the water in a swimming pool to kill bacteria and microorganisms that can make people sick

Cost to remodel a pool varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Benton, IL
-30%
Burbank, CA
+12%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Champlin, MN
+8%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Concord, CA
+30%
Corona, CA
+19%
Desoto, TX
+7%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Garland, TX
+8%
Glouster, OH
-47%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jena, LA
-14%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lakeland, FL
-13%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Landing, NJ
+31%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Live Oak, FL
-41%
Livermore, CA
+35%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lower Lake, CA
-34%
Maitland, FL
+3%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Mckinney, TX
+23%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Monroe, MI
+22%
Naples, FL
-3%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orange, CA
+22%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Palmdale, CA
+9%
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