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Last Updated: August 18, 2020

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Pool Remodeling Cost

Remodeling a swimming pool ranges from $4,951 and $12,903. The national average is $8,919. Labor alone averages $65 an hour. For larger pools, or pool expansions, it is important to hire a professional swimming pool designer or contractor to take the reins of the project. There are an endless number of options that influence the price of remodeling a pool.

The family swimming pool is often the centerpiece of most backyards. Over time, however, the family can outgrow the pool, or it may need extensive repairs. Instead of tearing down the pool and building a brand new one, remodeling it may be an option. Homeowners who wish to remodel rather than replace it may find that there is a lot of planning and work involved in the entire process.

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Project costs can vary greatly based on the homeowner's preferences. Sometimes it is a simple patch job around $65 per lineal foot and other times involves new additions and excavation reaching upwards of $30,000. Below are some common remodel ideas and their prices.

Swimming Pool Remodeling Ideas and Costs
Repair or AdditionAvg. Cost of Labor & Materials
Repairing cracks or breaks$65 per foot
Vinyl liner replacement$100-$1,600 (materials)
$875-$1,750 (labor)
Re-tiling$3,000-$60,000 (materials)
$18 per hour (labor)
Re-grouting$3 per square foot
Replacing Coping$30-$50 per foot
Pool Step Replacement$150-$4,500
Pool Lights$450-$1,700
Skimmer$1,500 (in-ground)
$150 (above-ground)
Chlorination System$2,000
Water feature$450-$1,900
Diving Board$1,000
Fencing$9-$125 per foot

Repairing Cracks or Breaks

The cost of repairing a crack or break averages $65 per linear foot but depends on the existing material. You can patch defects in fiberglass or plaster, but if your aggregate finish has blemishes, you must replace it.

the cost to remodel a pool is $8,340 or $1,800 to $21,000.

Pool Restoration Costs

The cost to restore a pool varies significantly. Minor repairs like replacing a vinyl liner average $2,000 while major repairs could run you $100,000+. Major repairs often involve multiple projects at once such as replacing the entire tile surface and adding a glass fence. When homeowners are thinking about remodeling their outdoor pool area, one of the first things they should consider is how much it is going to cost to hire a contractor or pool professional.

An entirely new or remodeled pool will require considerable labor as opposed to just replacing a liner or fixing cracks and breaks. An entire team of swimming pool professionals will work on the project, and this can add hundreds of dollars to the overall work order.

Vinyl Pool Liner Replacement

Vinyl pool liners cost anywhere from $100 for a 12’, above-ground pool to $1,600 for an in-ground, 20’ by 40’ rectangular pool. This is for materials alone. Labor would be an additional cost, but a pro can complete this work quickly if you don’t change the shape and size. Labor runs an average of $875 for above-ground pools and $1,750 for an in-ground pool. These numbers change based on:

  • Location
  • Time of year
  • Size and shape of liner
  • Condition of the existing liner

Re-tiling or Re-grouting

Re-tiling a pool can cost anywhere from $3,000 for basic ceramic tiles to $60,000 for glass tiles, not including labor. The materials needed to remodel a swimming pool can vary greatly based on the homeowner's vision. A professional tile installer can complete this work for about $18 an hour, on average.

Re-grouting tile costs up to $3 per square foot or $3,000 for a 1,000-square-foot pool. This is a very labor-intensive job.

Resurfacing by either of these methods gives the pool an instant facelift. Check out our guide for more on the costs of pool tiling.

New Pool Coping

Pool coping prices average about $45 per foot. For a 15’ by 30’ pool, this would total about $4,000. Coping is typically made of concrete or stone and surrounds the edge of a pool where the deck meets the walls.

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Pool Wall Step Repairs or Replacements

Creating an access point for your pool will cost $150 for a basic metal ladder, and up to $4,500 for a full wall step installation. Repairs average $65 per foot and consist of fixing cracks and breaks in the steps. Making structural changes to existing steps requires more labor and material charges.

An alternative to replacing old steps is creating a beach or zero-entry area. The cost to add this feature would be similar to changing the shape or size of your pool at about $30,000 to $60,000. Zero-entry pools have a gentle slope from the deck or patio, creating an extended shallow area for beach-like access.

Pool Lights

The total price of installing pool lights runs from $450 to $1,700. There are many different types and arrangements. Ideally, you should install lights when other major pool renovations are happening, because this is an invasive project. Types include:

  • Large LED: $450-$650
  • Small LED: $50-$350
  • Fiber Optics: $20-$60
  • Incandescent: $30-$70

Replacing a Skimmer, Vacuum, or Leaf Net

Skimmers can be replaced for $1,500 for an in-ground pool and $150 for above-ground. run between $400 and $2,500, depending on the brand.

To catch the things these cannot filter out, you can buy a handheld leaf cleaning net for under $50.

Pool Pumps or Chlorination Systems

Pumps average around $600 installed, while automatic chlorination systems (chemical feeders) are about $2,000 for parts alone.

Cost to Add a Water Feature to a Pool

You can install water features for $450 to $1,900. The price depends on the:

  1. Type
  2. Number and size
  3. Labor rates in your area

The cost of installing a water fountain, as well as several other types are listed below.

  • Bubbler: $450-$700 each
  • Rock Cascade: $300-$1000
  • Jets: $500-$1000
  • Sheet Waterfall: $250 (6”) to $1,900 (10’)

Adding a Slide or Diving Board

Add a diving board to your setup for $1,000. A slide costs $1,000 to $15,000 installed, depending on the complexity of the component. Both can be attached to a pool edge with minimal labor. Be sure to check that your pool has the required depth for safety.

Adding Pool Fencing

Fencing costs anywhere from $1,500 to $20,000 for a 160’ enclosure ($9 to $125 per foot). Individual states have different regulations on fencing around residential pools to protect neighbors and wildlife. Safety-wise, a protective barrier is essential for families with children or pets. Available materials include:

  • Glass: $10,000-$20,000
  • Mesh screen: $1,500-$2,500
  • Wood: $5,000-$10,000
  • Aluminum: $5,000
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Large Pool Renovation Costs

Some changes to your pool area will be much more extensive and average closer to $30,000.

Converting a Chlorine to Salt Water Pool 

Converting your chlorinated pool into saltwater costs about $1,500. While this is not unusually high, there are pros and cons to regular vs. saltwater pools. It’s up to the homeowner to choose which they prefer.

Adding a Spillover Spa or In-ground Hot Tub

Similar to the cost of installing a hot tub alone, adding this element to an existing pool runs about $17,000, including labor. The labor charges are a big part of this total because they need to dig a large hole to make room for the new lining.

Changing the Shape or Size

Changing the shape of your pool starts at $30,000 for a vinyl pool and $60,000 for a concrete (gunite) pool. This is a highly invasive procedure that requires replacing the entire pool lining. The total price includes installation and materials for a new pool, plus the labor required to move earth.

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Average Cost to Redo a Pool Deck

A new pool deck costs about $3,000 on average. If you currently have a pool deck but would like to update it, re-surfacing the concrete is an option.

Two low-cost options include adding tile or painting your deck.

Pool Deck Tiling/Pavers

Deck tiling is about $22 per square foot. You can apply these to concrete, pea gravel, or other hard-packed surfaces, but make sure to put a weed control mat down before putting tiles on bare earth. Homeowners can choose from a variety of colors and patterns cut to accommodate the curvature of a round pool.

Hardwood is one of the most popular types and consists of a sheet of wood affixed to a polymer base for stiffness and durability. Because there are many options with accessories and faux stone, you can cut costs by choosing to use synthetic materials.

Some homeowners switch from standard concrete to travertine patios and paver bricks. This allows for a natural and updated appearance that increases the home's overall value. Stone can be expensive, while travertine and marble are some of the particularly pricey options.

Pool Deck Painting

Another popular option for dressing up a concrete pool deck is to paint it. Many manufacturers offer paints that are recommended for these surfaces. Some of the main advantages are:

  • UV Protection: Protects your deck from the harsh rays of the sun, and the damage that it can cause over the years.
  • Weather Protection: Rain and harsh temperatures can be tough on decks of any kind. Will keep the elements away.
  • Decoration: Comes in a variety of colors. Customize to match your home and décor.
  • Non-slip surface: To prevent wet feet from slipping, you can mix the paint with sand if the mix does not already contain a textured component. If you have children running around, it is a good idea to select a paint that boasts non-skid properties.

Most pool deck paints are acrylic and water soluble. Both tiling and painting are cost-effective, durable, and are not too difficult for the average do-it-yourselfer. For those looking for a high-quality finished product, professionals can do this job quickly and easily. Either way, these finishes will keep your pool deck looking beautiful for years to come.

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Pool Refurbishing Costs vs. Replacement

Newer pools or those in good to excellent condition are the best candidates for a remodel. When remodeling turns into replacement, your budget can skyrocket. A licensed contractor should check the structural integrity of the area. If it is unsafe or the price for repairs exceeds the price of a complete replacement, it would be better to start from a blank slate.

Advantages & Disadvantages of a Pool Remodeling

The main advantage to a pool remodel is to revamp the look without having to replace the existing structures. While this can't be done with all pools, it can save the homeowner thousands of dollars to work with what they currently have.

The biggest disadvantage is that it can be labor intensive. It is imperative to hire qualified professionals. Because these projects often require working with an existing structure, it is important for a contractor to identify if the existing liner can stay and if there are any problems with the mechanics or surrounding area. If one part of the remodel fails, the entire project is back at square one. This is a costly expense, but you can avoid it by hiring a licensed contractor with an excellent track record.


How can I refurbish my above-ground pool, and what will it cost?

You can refurbish your above-ground pool by replacing the vinyl liner which may have discolored or thinned. This replacement should cost about $350 depending on the:

  • Thickness
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Pool size
  • Brand

Additionally, you can refurbish your above-ground pool by adding:

  • A deck or patio: $2,500-$7,500 including labor
  • Landscaping: $3,000 on average, including labor
  • Lighting: $30-$113, for materials alone

Can you add on to an existing in-ground pool?

You can add on to an existing in-ground pool by draining the pool, removing the existing liner, removing the earth in the space the new pool will fill, installing new siding in the space and then replacing the entire liner. This will run between $30,000 for vinyl and $60,000 for gunite.

How much space do I need to change my backyard pool into a lap pool?

Traditional lap pools are 82’ long, but half of this length would be enough to get up to speed while still being realistic with space constraints. You could also purchase a stationary lap pool, such as an Endless pool which has jets at each end that allow you to swim at full speed without moving forward or backward.

What are the most energy-efficient pool updates I can make?

  • Resurface with a different color to reduce heating needs and evaporation
  • Install a variable speed pump
  • Switch lights to low-energy LEDs
  • Update old plumbing pipes and system
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DIY vs. Hiring a Swimming Pool Renovation Contractors

Choosing to complete the work yourself depends on the extent of the repairs and your comfort level with the task. Replacing several loose tiles can be a DIY project. Larger repairs or complete replacements will require a licensed pool remodeler near you.

If you do decide to complete a pool renovation yourself, be sure to check local building codes, permitting requirements, and other things to consider when installing a pool. Homeowners should have a number in mind that is within their budget and call around to find a contractor or company who will work with this financial information.

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