Pools are a great addition to any property – they provide a place to relax and have fun year-round. But they do require regular upkeep and maintenance, and the occasional upgrade to make sure they are safe and fun for the whole family. A pool upgrade is a great way to ensure you are getting the most out of your in-ground pool in Vancouver.

There are many different types of upgrades that you can choose from, depending on what your needs are. Some upgrades can be done yourself, others require a pool contractor to complete.

The five most common pool upgrades include updating pool safety equipment, adding energy-efficient pool components, automating your pool, replacing out-dated or broken pool equipment and adding pool accessories. 


1. Updating Pool Safety Equipment

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Pool safety equipment needs to be updated periodically, in order to ensure the safety of the people using your pool. This is for two reasons: 

  1. Your existing pool safety equipment may not be functioning optimally if it is old or has not been properly maintained.
  2. New pool safety equipment may have been developed and will better protect your friends, family and the longevity of your pool.

The areas you should address when upgrading your pool safety equipment include pool covers, ladders, railings, fences or pool enclosures and pool safety equipment, like a life ring or a rescue hook.


2. Adding Energy-Efficient Pool Components

Adding Energy-Efficient Pool Components

A pool that runs efficiently will save you money in the long run, by cutting down the amount of energy used

One easy way to upgrade the energy efficiency of your pool is to have an Energy Star variable speed pump installed, which only uses as much energy as needed to clean and filter your pool. 

Another consideration for making your pool as energy-efficient as possible is by using other sources of energy to heat your pool. Solar-powered heaters heat your pool by harnessing energy from the sun using solar panels, rather than using electricity from your house. This is especially handy when your pool receives a lot of sunlight.

You may also consider adding solar blankets to cover your pool. These trap heat from the sun using thermal bubbles that capture UV rays to keep the water warm all day.

For more information on keeping your pool energy and cost-efficient, check out our guide.


3. Automating Your Pool

Automating your swimming pool

When thinking about areas of your pool to upgrade, consider adding in some modern automation features to make your owning and maintaining a pool easier.

With pool automation, you can schedule your filtration cycle and sanitation from anywhere. You can open and close your pool cover, turn off and on pool lights and even adjust the pool temperature with pool automation. 

This ultimately allows you to save time and money by running and maintaining your pool more efficiently.


 4. Replacing or repairing outdated and broken pool equipment

Replacing or repairing broken pool equipment

In order to maintain the quality of your pool, it is important to repair or replace outdated and broken equipment. This is a great time of year to look at your existing pool equipment to determine what might need to be replaced, especially if you close your pool for the winter months. This way your pool will be ready to run optimally during the spring and summer seasons.

Read our guide on 5 common pool repairs all swimming pool owners should watch out for.


5. Adding new pool accessories

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This may be the most fun consideration when looking to upgrade your pool – adding new pool accessories!

You can create a pool haven for friends and family by adding features such as fountains, waterfalls, and spouting sculptures. All of these can be added to your existing in-ground pool.

Another feature that adds an extra touch of luxury to the pool area is lighting. You can use this to control the mood and setting of a pool party. This also provides safety by increasing visibility at night.

You could go bigger – what about adding a swim-up seating area, a lounging edge, or a built-in speaker system? Consider the area around your pool as well. You could add a gazebo for covered eating, or a built-in barbeque area, or maybe it is time to upgrade your patio furniture for a more comfortable setting.

The possibilities are endless!

These are some of the most important things that need to be considered when upgrading your swimming pool. If you have any questions regarding pool upgrades, please contact us.