If you’re looking for a new home, the last thing you want to find after you buy is something unexpected – like an old, unusable swimming pool. It’s not unusual for homes to come with pre-built pools – and it’s a given that some homeowners will take better care of their investment than others. If you’ve bought a home that has an old or neglected pool, what are your options? Is it best to renovate or replace the pool? Your choice will depend on a range of factors, and to help you find the best option for your circumstances we’ve put together this helpful guide.


The condition of your pool is perhaps the greatest factor behind your decision to remodel or replace it.

If your pool’s just a little dirty, but there’s nothing majorly wrong with the surface, pump, filter, or surrounding areas, you know the pool’s still useable and just needs a little TLC. Deep cleaning, like pressure washing, a pool shock, or another DIY option can give your old pool a new lease on life. A pool maintenance company can also help to make sure the critical, concealed components of your pool, like its plumbing or fittings, are cleaned out safely and reliably.

But what if the parts don’t work? If your pool equipment’s broken down, you might need to arrange significant and potentially extensive repairs. In this instance, a pool maintenance company can help test your system, identify any faults, and recommend the best solution that takes your needs and !our budget into account.

If your pool technician finds there’s damage to your plumbing system, you might need to consider a replacement.


Surface factors in considerably when it comes to pools. A fibreglass pool has a durable surface, so a replacement might never need to be something you think about if your pool’s well-maintained. If your fibreglass pool’s out of use, it may not look great – so a refresh might be all you need, though it is a costly exercise.

If you have an inground pool lined with concrete or vinyl, you might face a different scenario. Both these surfacing products need to be replaced in time, even if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into maintaining your pool. Concrete pools should be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years, regardless of their age. Vinyl typically doesn’t last as long, and you may be looking at replacements every five to 10 years.

Renovate or replace?

Sometimes, a pool might just be beyond repair, and this is more likely if your pool hasn’t been used or maintained for some time. If you can’t justify forking out hefty sums to restore your pool, you might be looking at a replacement – or even at a simple fill-in.

If you never really planned on having a pool, simply filling it in is probably the way to go. Most homeowners, however, want to achieve that backyard sanctuary a pool provides – just without the heavy costs involved in renovating an old pool that might not meet their preferences or needs, is made from the wrong material, or isn’t the right shape, depth or size.

Consider the following to determine whether renovating or replacing’s right for you:

If you’re still unsure, reach out to a pool installer – they’ll have the perfect advice and recommendations to help you make the most out of your pool and backyard space for years to come.

Considering a pool replacement or renovation? Choose Ideal Pools

For all things pools on the Gold Coast, you can’t beat Ideal Pools. We’re a locally-owned and operated business, providing outstanding residential and commercial pool designs and installations since the 1980s. Our experienced team of technicians is on hand to design, install and maintain your concrete pool. We’ll take the time to listen to your requirements, explain what’s involved, and deliver quality results. Call Ideal Pools today on 1300 792 369.

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