Have you been considering installing a pool in your backyard, but you’re not sure if it’s the right move for your home? Are you looking for ways that you can increase your home’s value, while also adding features that your family will be able to use for years to come? If this has led you to the question of how much value does a pool add to a house, you’re not alone. Take a look here at how different types of pools can impact your home value and which are the best investments.

 

Do all pools add value to a home?

There’s no doubt that Australians love their swimming pools. In a country that experiences such fierce summers and often mild weather for the rest of the year, pools can arguably see a lot of use. They’re the perfect way to keep cool, especially if you don’t live near a beach. While pools are popular home additions, it’s natural to wonder if all pools will add value to your house. Unfortunately, the answer is that no, not every single pool is going to add value to your home. The good news, however, is that some pool types will. So, what’s the difference?

 

What pools can help increase your home’s value?

If you want to invest in a swimming pool that is not only fun to use but adds value to your home, these are our top suggestions on which to choose:

 

Your neighbourhood matters

What a lot of people don’t realise when they are thinking about investing in a pool and are wondering if it will increase their home value is that your neighbourhood itself is going to have a huge impact. Believe it or not, people who live near the beach also enjoy having a pool in their backyard. With this in mind, investing in a pool in the right neighbourhood can potentially increase your home’s value.

If you live in a community where swimming or owning a pool isn’t considered an attractive or essential feature, building a pool will unlikely have the same effect. Some people don’t want to deal with the hassle that comes with maintaining a pool either, so if you put your home on the market, bear in mind that some buyers won’t be interested in your property.

 

Do you want to invest in a pool?

If you’re looking for expert pool builders who can design, create and install your new pool, you’ve come to the right place. We’re experts when it comes to creating beautiful pools for your home. Get in touch with us today and get your new pool journey started.

If you have an outdoor pool, you may well encounter algae stains. This can be a real problem that affects your enjoyment of your pool. Adding extra chlorine won’t necessarily clear up these stains, so it’s important to understand how to remove algae stains from your pool effectively. You can remove stains whenever you drain your pool, and it’s wise to make this a standard part of your swimming pool maintenance. In this blog, we look at how to remove algae stains from a concrete pool.

What causes algae stains?

Certain weather conditions can be a factor in the development of algae stains. For example, winds can cause plant spores to fall into your pool. The combination of sunlight and the pool temperature creates the ideal environment for algae to grow, leaving unpleasant stains. It thrives in cool and moist areas.

Why is algae a problem?

As well as looking unsightly, algae and algae stains are a concern in swimming pools because they pose a health hazard. Rashes and skin infections are the most common hazard associated with algae and algae stains. You can also pick up other infections and symptoms, including eye infections, fever, and diarrhea. Algae can be slippery too, putting you at greater risk of bruises or broken bones.

How to remove algae stains from a concrete pool

Using a specialist algae stain remover is the preferable option for removing algae stains. Not only do these formulas remove stains but some help to prevent the problem from re-occurring in the future. Once you have an appropriate product, follow these steps to remove algae stains.

After removing algae from your pool, make sure you read our tips on how to maintain your pool to give it the longest possible lifespan. A concrete pool’s lifespan is around 50 years (or more)but it needs to be properly maintained.

1. Fill a spray bottle

If your stain remover isn’t already supplied in a spray bottle, transfer some of the product into a clean spray bottle. Make sure no other cleaners are present in the bottle and label the bottle to avoid confusion. Each time you use the cleaner you should fill the bottle up about halfway. You can always refill if necessary.

2. Soak the stain

Spray the stain remover onto a small area. If you have extensive staining you’ll need to work on one section at a time. Soak the area so that the whole stain is covered with the cleaner and leave it to work for around five minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Scrub the stain

Scrub the area with a strong scrubbing brush. Use a circular motion and carefully work your way across the entire stain.

4. Rinse with a hose

Rinse the pool off thoroughly with a hose. Do this carefully to remove all of the stain and the cleaner. For stubborn stains, repeat the process until they are removed.

Alternative solutions

Algae stain removers can sometimes be hazardous to nearby plants. If there are plants close to the stains you might prefer to use an oxygen bleach solution instead. If you decide to do this it’s important to use protective eyewear. Mix five parts warm water with one part oxygen bleach and then follow the cleaning steps. After hosing down the area, brush away the excess liquid with a broom so that it dries more quickly. Vigorously brushing the concrete with a broom each week can help to prevent future stains from occurring.

Get in touch

At Ideal Pools, we’re the Gold Coast’s local swimming pool specialists. We’ve installed thousands of pools throughout the region and have exceptional knowledge of designing, installing, and maintaining pools.

Find out what our top concrete pool designs are on the Gold Coast and what you need to consider when designing your new pool.

If you’re looking for your dream pool or you need some advice on how to look after your swimming pool effectively, get in touch. Our team are always happy to help.

Pebblecrete is a great material to use when you’re creating a surround for your new pool or replacing an old one. It’s tough, hard-wearing, it looks great and it provides great traction, meaning it’s difficult to slip on. It’s becoming the first choice of many people throughout Australia, but how much should you pay for your new Pebblecrete surface? The answer is not entirely straightforward, because it depends on a number of factors from the size of the area you need to be surfaced, as well as a few other factors. Let’s take a look at a rough estimate to help you get started.

How level is your terrain?

As with anything that you buy, the cost of the product increases as the job becomes more complex. While a Pebblecrete surface on flat terrain can cost anything between $85 and $150 per square meter depending on your local market, you can expect to pay more if your area slopes. Depending on the degree of the slope you’re dealing with, this can add an extra $100 to $200 to your price, or even more if you’ve got an uneven surface caused by unusual landscaping around your pool. As always, getting several quotes can help you narrow down your choices.

Optional extras

Pebblecrete has been one of Australia’s favourite pool surface choices since the 1960s, but technology has come a long way since then, and there is a lot more choice available. Depending on the type of finish you want, there are a lot of options to choose from, including various grades of Pebblecrete that affect your experience but also the cost. Coarser Pebblecrete with larger pebbles mixed in is cheaper and makes for a more striking pattern, but can also be trickier to clean and harder to walk on. On the other hand, finer pebbles offer a smoother surface but at a higher price. There are also a number of colour options to choose from, allowing you to have a Pebblecrete surface mixed exactly to the colour you want.

Pavers vs poured

Pebblecrete comes in a couple of forms: paving slabs that you can lay yourself and professionally poured Pebblecrete. Pavers are much cheaper, but it’s taxing and time-consuming to lay them, and any cracks and imperfections can lead to weeds and algae growing through. On the other hand, while professional help is more expensive, you get a smooth and clean unbroken surface that’s much easier to take care of and kinder on your feet.

Get in touch with Ideal Pools

For the best outcome when it comes to your Pebblecrete pool surround, Ideal Pools is the number one choice. We’ve got years of experience installing Pebblecrete surrounds on pools just like yours, starting from scratch or installing a new surface. We also offer great prices for a totally professional service from start to finish, so you can have the pool of your dreams for a price you’ll love. Get in touch with us today for a quotation!

For many people, a concrete pool is an exciting investment that provides fun for the whole family, but not all pools are created equal.

Concrete pools can crack for several reasons and it’s important that you know the reasons why. Several of these are the direct result of human error, so it’s always important that you get experienced pool contractors to help with your pool installation.

Why do cracks appear in concrete swimming pools?

1. Improper soil

The soil in our country is not always fit for a pool – if yours is (or was) constructed in poor soil, then it might only be a matter of time before a leak develops. Dry soil will expand when exposed to water either from the rain or the pool itself, and this expansion can put a lot of pressure (up to 500 kilopascals) upon the frame of the pool and lead to significant cracking.

2. Location

On a similar note to the above, the location you choose to place your pool could lead to soil issues. If you were to build your pool on the side of a hill (it’s more common than you think), you would be at risk of soil movement. This phenomenon (dubbed ‘slope creep’) will not only put stress on the pool frame, but soil that shifts downhill could expose the foundations of your pool and wreak untold havoc, all of which can lead to a deep crack.

3. Concrete mixing

When mixing concrete, getting the ratios right is vital. If your concrete is mixed with too much water, it will be too weak to create a sustainable shape in the long term. Conversely, if it doesn’t have enough water, the dry mixture will similarly be difficult to work with. The concrete will also need at least 14 days of curing – any less and the dry plaster will inevitably crack.

4. Poor workmanship

As you might be able to guess, many of the aforementioned causes can be traced back to improper installation or execution of the pool design. Whether that is not assessing the location, the soil or just making a normal human error when mixing the concrete, there is always the chance of it going wrong and leaving you at risk of a cracked pool. This makes it vital to choose the right company that will do its due diligence before installing a pool.

5. Ground movement

Ground movement can sometimes put added tension and pressure on your pool, so to relieve these stresses, the concrete cracks. Insufficient soil compaction during the installation process can also lead to soil movement, causing similar results.

Generally speaking, a crack in your pool is completely avoidable.

At Ideal Pools, we have successfully installed over 7,000 pools across the Gold Coast in the past three decades. This means we know how to construct a pool and our experienced team will build your pool well.

Would you like to learn more about concrete pools? Read our latest article, if you are interested in knowing how long does a concrete pool last?

If you need a company to help create your dream pool without fuss, give us a message and we will get to work helping you.

Concrete pools are a common go-to when looking for an in-ground pool. Not only can they be custom-made to ensure you get your dream pool, but it can also maximise the garden area or indoor space.

Why install a concrete pool?

The lifespan of a concrete pool

On average, a concrete pool has a lifespan of around 50 years (or more). But there is a condition: the concrete pool needs to be properly maintained. If not, the lifespan of the pool will reduce significantly.

The reason?

Concrete is packed with microscopic pores. This can hold algae and bacteria that, over the long term, will impact the quality of the water inside the concrete pool. Slathering strong chemicals over the concrete or plaster can also damage the pool. And, of course, let’s not forget cracking. Put simply, a concrete pool can last decades in excellent condition should it be properly maintained.

How to maintain a concrete pool?

If you’d like to know more about concrete pool installations or maintenance, then contact our team at Ideal Pools by giving us a call on 1300 792 369. Alternatively, drop us an email at info@idealpools.com.au if you’re on the Gold Coast.

Looking For A Great Pool Builder On The Gold Coast?

If you want to install the pool of your dreams, you need to find an efficient pool builder with fabulous credentials. Signs of a reliable pool builder include:

If you’re unsure where to start looking for a great Gold Coast pool builder, rest assured that Ideal Pools’ amazing team fulfil all of the above credentials.

We’re committed to delivering amazing results no matter what and are always open and honest about our qualifications and best practices.

The Benefits of Building a Concrete Pool

Concrete pools come with a host of irresistible benefits, including:

Ready to invest in the best pool builders on the Gold Coast? Reach out to Ideal Pools today to discuss your requirements.

Get in touch with us today! Contact us online or call us on 1300 792 369.

For more information on Gold Coast pools, read our previous blog on Concrete Vs Fibreglass Pools.

How To Choose Between Concrete & Fibreglass Pools

If you’re considering investing money into your home or carrying out renovations this year, a swimming pool can’t be far off the top of your list.

Swimming pools remain popular with homeowners throughout Australia. Almost 20% of homeowners in Perth and Brisbane have swimming pools, while 15% of homeowners in Sydney have them. These figures demonstrate a rising trend for pool ownership across the country, with more and more homeowners across Queensland choosing to invest in pools every year.

If you want to increase the value of your home and create a cool outdoor space for relaxing, exercising and entertaining, a swimming pool could be the perfect addition.

While the demand is high for inground pools, the decision on whether to go with a fibreglass or concrete pool on the Gold Coast is a big decision.

Our expert pool builders on the Gold Coast break down the reasons for both so you can make the most informed decision about what type of pool you need.

The Pros and Cons of Concrete and Fibreglass Pools

When you’re weighing up whether to opt for a concrete or a fibreglass swimming pool, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each type of pool and how these align with your priorities and lifestyle.

Close-up Of A Concrete Pool

The Pros of Concrete Pools

The Cons of Concrete Pools

A Fibreglass Pool

The Pros of Fibreglass Pools

The Cons of Fibreglass Pools

Overall Pool Building Cost

Fibreglass is a generally cheaper option than concrete because of the ease of installation. However, the price can vary considerably between a quality fibreglass pool installed by a reputable pool builder versus a custom concrete pool.

The price of an average fibreglass pool can cost $35,000 – $85,000, which includes the pool shell, delivery, a crane to lift it in place and labour and approvals. Costs will go higher with additions and landscaping.

In comparison, concrete pool construction can cost between $40,000 and $100,000. However, with a concrete pool, you’re getting a unique and customised design, larger size, more features and longer lifespan.

A Concrete Pool Building Process

Pool Installation

Most fibreglass pools can be installed quickly and sometimes within a week whereas a concrete pool can take upwards of three months to construct.

It can be a much quicker job to install a fibreglass pool; however, the industry sees countless jobs every year installed too quickly and incorrectly which can lead to higher costs to fix down the track for the pool owner.

While it’s much quicker to install a fibreglass option, you also won’t get as much control and choices in design.

A concrete pool will allow you to have your pool designed with many different options like a feature wall, stone finishes, waterfalls and spas. Other features can include infinity edge styles and long lap pools or pools that curve around the house for the wow factor.

Styles & Finishes

The interior finish of a fibreglass pool is coated with a gel coat that’s smooth and resistant to scratches, UV and treated water.

It will fade over time but likely to last 10-15 years but can be recoated. Concrete pools can feature a variety of different interior options including pebblecrete, ‘jewels 4 pools’, tiled or painted surface, which are all low maintenance and expected to last 15-30 years of life.

The benefit of a concrete pool is that you can have unique finishes and colours which can be changed with trends over the years. 

Traditionally pools were painted blue, but current trends are opting for shades of white, and shades of slate grey to reflect colours of the home and give the water a completely different colour.

Lifespan

For both a fibreglass pool or a concrete pool, you can expect to get more life if the pool is maintained over its lifespan.

For a fibreglass pool, it would be 15-20 years, and for a concrete pool, it can last 40+ years without any form of resurfacing.

Talk To Our Expert Pool Builders

When it comes to concrete vs fibreglass pools, deciding on which type of pool you end up going with, you’ll need to factor in all the pros and cons for your home.

While a fibreglass pool will be the cheaper and a quicker installation option, having a concrete pool will not only last longer but give you a custom design, quality control and higher value to your home that you couldn’t get with a fibreglass pool.

Adding a pool to your home is a valuable investment and if done correctly, will bring you and your family enjoyment for many years. Also, consider the costs of adding safety regulated pool fences and landscaping requirements in your budget.

Buying a pool is a significant consideration, research widely and spend what you feel comfortable spending – it will be a great investment if done correctly.

Contact us today so we can help you with deciding on the best possible pool for your home and lifestyle. Get in touch with us online or call us today on 1300 792 369.

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