No swimming pool is perfect forever, especially outdoor inground pools. Even the best pool with the finest construction is susceptible to the elements and wear/tear over the years. When your pool begins to show it's age, you have a few different roads to take. Each solution is best for different lifestyles and budgets. Read through our three paragraphs below to find the best outcome for you.
When to Repair
If the problem in question is minimal or when it would cost under $5,000... a repair isn't a bad idea. It's the most affordable option, as filling in or replacing it would cost more. For example, replacing pumps or filters is much easier and cheaper than the other two options. If the repair is something bigger, like replacing a liner, you might want to consider replacing the pool. However, if you want to save money and have less downtime with the pool, a liner replacement is the way to go. Just make sure you know why the liner needs replacing. If the liner itself is tearing that's simple... but if the foundation under the liner is damaged and causing problems, you'll want to move forward with one of the two options below.
When to Replace
When the damages are so extensive it would cost more to repair than to replace with a new fiberglass pool, it makes sense to plan for a new pool. Although a replacement can be expensive, think about the alternative. If you have a large family and love your pool parties, or if you just can't live without your pool, this is the only way to go. Keep in mind it can cost almost as much to fill in the pool, so you might as well get a new one to love and enjoy.
When to Fill In
When you're just "so done" with the pool. If the maintenance, balancing, and repair costs are getting out of hand, it might be time to close it up. Make sure you're ready to live life without a pool, as filling it in can cost up to $20,000. Though this is a large chunk of money, it's significantly less expensive than a replacement, and then you're done pouring money into it. If you originally bought the pool for kids, who have now grown up and moved out, this might be a good plan. Filling it in is also good for older homeowners or those who don't have the funds they used to. While having a pool is a wonderful experience, closing it up is one way to save money in the future. If you're severely on the fence and want to keep your pool but can't seem to justify it, consider the market value of your home with and without the pool. That may help you decide one way or the other.