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How to Avoid Pitfalls When You Renovate Your Pool

 

A beautifully renovated pool and landscape add years of enjoyment to your backyard. Let’s say you have a pool that’s in need of a facelift.  And let’s say that you’re ready to have your private retreat renovated.  Now it’s time to make your move, but you’re not sure what to look for in the company you hire.  There’s a lot more going on with your pool renovation than just aesthetic appeal. 

There are many things you can’t see.  Sure, in the end that’s what you and your guests notice first.  But don’t underestimate the importance of hiring a pool contractor who knows what he’s doing— someone with the experience, skills and resources to back up the work, as well as the necessary licenses and insurance.

According to the professional magazine, Pool & Spa News, the demolition work that goes into chipping out the old plaster is delicate.   Too many remodelers don’t have the years of experience and knowledge necessary—and damage the structure of the pool, even exposing the underlying reinforcing steel! 

Another example: Some crews simply apply a bonding coat to the old surface without removing all the old, deteriorated material.  If you allow this to be done to your pool, it won’t be long before you’ll be resurfacing your pool again— work you’ll have to pay for a second time.

There are many other pitfalls to avoid when you renovate your pool.  Be wise about the firm you hire.   Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP). And if you're in New York or New Jersey check with the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) before you sign a contract.  Your backyard is the fulfillment of one of your dreams.  Don’t let it turn into a nightmare. 

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