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Budget-Friendly Pool Upgrades

Pool Design Ideas for Upgrades on a Budget

Upgrading your pool is always a fun thing to do, adding all the new and trendy features to give your pool area a luxurious and elegant look. More than just design-oriented, the upgrades could also be structural, economical, or environmental.

Of course, maybe the pool of your dreams is a bit out of your budget, but you still have a strong desire to upgrade your current pool. Not a problem—here are inexpensive DIY pool ideas for upgrades that will get you closer to the pool of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Choosing Your Upgrades

Depending on your pool upgrade budget, you may only be able to choose one or two upgrades at a time. So choose carefully, thinking about your priorities for your pool.

Do you want your pool or entire outdoor space to look better? Do you want to save time and energy on pool maintenance? Or do you want to have a more comfortable pool area to enjoy your time?

Your pool priorities can help you choose your upgrades now and in the future.

Here are some of the top features to consider for upgrading your pool’s appearance, function, and comfort on a budget:

LED Lights

Installing LED pool lights is one of the easiest ways to enhance your pool on a budget. These energy-efficient lights come in many changing colours, so you can adjust the colour of your pool based on your mood or the theme of your pool party, turning a once ordinary pool area into a luxury backyard oasis.

Pool Seats

Give yourself a break from swimming and standing in the pool with pool seats. Set these seats up in the shallow end and use the ledge of your pool as a table so you can sit, relax, and enjoy a drink without getting out of the water.

Pool seats are made of plastic that is resistant to the wear of swimming pool chemicals. These seats often look like bar stools and can be easily placed and moved around in your pool.

Water Features

Water features such as waterfalls, fountains, scuppers, sprayers, and jets, are easy to add to existing pool designs and make for fancy upgrades without costing too much. These additions also help circulate water and can come with built-in lights to create captivating light shows in your pool.

Water features create a soothing visual and auditory experience in your pool and backyard.

Saltwater Systems

Saltwater pools are notably softer and gentler on the skin, eyes, and hair than standard chlorine pools. These generators don’t produce harsh chemicals—instead, they balance chlorine levels automatically with gentler salt-based chlorine.

And with a saltwater chlorine generator, you don’t need to continuously add chlorine to your pool to keep the water clean. Instead, you add salt, so you never need to buy, store, or handle chlorine again, making this a safer and more cost-effective option for keeping your pool clean.

Fire Pits

A fire pit can be enjoyed in your backyard year-round, providing a beautiful and warm place to gather on summer, fall, and even winter evenings. And the combination of water and fire elements makes for aesthetically pleasing backyard pool décor.

Automation Systems

There are many pool automation systems available today, with some that include energy-efficient equipment that can be controlled via smartphones and other devices.

These include:

  • Automatic pool cleaners—the top solution for saving time and energy on everyday pool maintenance. These cleaners have wheels to move around your pool, scrubbing and vacuuming the floor and walls.
  • Pool monitoring systems that allow you to keep track of your pool’s chemicals, equipment, and temperature from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can balance the chemicals when needed, or run the pump and turn on the heater when you’re not at home, keeping energy costs down while keeping your pool clean and in top condition.
  • Automatic levellers that maintain the water level of your pool to ensure proper circulation. These levellers hook up to a hose and hang off the edge of the pool, using a sensor to detect when the water line drops and adding water when needed.

Outdoor Furniture

On beautiful summer days and evenings when you’re not swimming in your pool, you probably want to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather. With outdoor furniture, you can easily upgrade your entire pool area to make it a place to relax and entertain guests even when out of the pool.

Even just a simple patio set with a table, umbrella, and two to four chairs will make for a comfortable outdoor area to relax, eat, and spend your summers outside.

These pool upgrade ideas will make your pool feel more comfortable, luxurious, and easier to maintain. So choose the best upgrades for your pool that will meet your needs and fit your budget. And remember, you can always add to these upgrades in the future, as well.

You don’t need an expensive pool renovation to upgrade the look, feel, and function of your pool. Instead, consider these pool upgrade ideas that will give you the pool of your dreams without breaking the bank.

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