Pool renovation options

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iandp
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My Pool: gunite pool, 5.5m x 11.5m, 75000L
Location: Cape Town

Pool renovation options

Postby iandp » Mon 07 Nov, 2011 06:20

We bought a property with a pool about 4 years ago. I estimate the gunite pool to be 15 yrs old. The pool is huge (approx 11.5m x 5.5m) and hold approx 75 000 L. The problem I have is 2 fold: First the gunite is now very rough and thus BIG problem with algae. The second is because of the big surface, the evaporation in summer is staggering. I used a solar blanket before, which helped with evaporation and heating the water, but it only lasted 2 years and the algae loved the warmer water. As I see it, my options are to: a) fiberglass the pool and get another solar blanket or b) fill in the pool and get in a smaller fiberglass splash pool. I was told that making the existing pool smaller is not a viable option. The fact that the pool takes up a big part of a smallish back garden, does not help matters, but there is space for a small splash pool. I’m looking for the most cost effective solution.


czechmate
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My Pool: 16 x 32 gunite21000 gal., Diamond Brite Blue, Swimquip XL pump, DE36
Location: Texas

Pool renovation options

Postby czechmate » Tue 08 Nov, 2011 17:54

Replacing the large pool with a smaller one will cost you at least 3-4 times as much as replastering the existing pool with a moder quartz based plaster.
If done properly it should last at least 10 years.
The water loss should not be that much greater than here in Texas.
I would also suggest you look into a sun shade sails options and similar buffers.
Not only it saves water and a chlorine, it also makes it bearable to be by the pool a lot more.
I have put up 18' x18 feet green sunscreen this year and water temp went from 91-92F to 87-88F.
It made it a lot more refreshing to swim in it! The cost? Under 80 USD.
Good luck!
emileyair
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Location: Houston

Pool renovation options

Postby emileyair » Mon 09 Jan, 2012 12:41

but don't you think it will cost your very much if you do this.
czechmate
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My Pool: 16 x 32 gunite21000 gal., Diamond Brite Blue, Swimquip XL pump, DE36
Location: Texas

Pool renovation options

Postby czechmate » Tue 10 Jan, 2012 16:15

emileyair wrote:but don't you think it will cost your very much if you do this.

This sounds almost like if Rick Perry wrote it.
Why? You can read it four times in a row and it still makes no sense. :D

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