pOOL & spa remodels
There are many trade secrets that contractors do not want you to know. Some of these secrets are their prices and how they come up with the price for your remodel project. At Amazing Pools & Spas, Inc., we are more concerned with providing you with great service, workmanship, and an excellent result. We are not afraid to let you know our prices and let you do your shopping with more information.
We would like you to be as involved with the remodeling process as possible. That is why we developed our self-bidding remodeling process. This process is designed to allow you to measure all the important components of your backyard remodel. This way you can get an estimate on your time, not ours. No staying home and waiting for contractors to show up, no missing your lunch hour at work, and no strangers in your backyard.
All you will need to perform this task is a measuring wheel you can purchase from your local hardware/home improvement store. It will cost you approximately $35.00 for a decent one.
NOTE: This section is designed to assist you in obtaining prices for simple remodels such re-plastering, re-tiling, & re-coping your pool or spa, and laying new decking. Remodels that are more complex need more measurements and formulas to make sure it is done properly. Also, upon your request for us to perform any work, we will need to confirm all measurements taken before sending you a formal proposal.
How to estimate your swimming pool backyard remodel
Measuring your swimming pool:
Most contractors base their prices on the linear footage, or perimeter, of the structure. Be sure to set your measuring wheel to measure feet.
Choose a reference point along your swimming pool. A typical point of reference is a railing or concrete joint line. After choosing your reference point, start running your measuring wheel from the reference point, around the edge of your swimming pool, and back to your reference point. This will give you the perimeter of the structure. Multiply the perimeter by the price of your desired coating on our remodeling spreadsheet.
Please note there is a 70 foot minimum on the price to resurface a spa only structure. Most likely, your spa will be less than 70 feet. You may want to skip this step if a spa is all you have. If you still want to measure the structure, follow the same instructions as measuring the swimming pool.
Treat the pool and spa as if they were two different structures. Choose a reference point for both structures. You can even choose a point where both structures meet and use it to measure both structures. After choosing your reference point, start running your measuring wheel from the reference point, around the edge of your swimming pool, and back to your reference point. Then do the same for the spa structure. You will notice that the area where the pool and spa share a section of wall will have been measured twice. This will give you the perimeter of the structure. Multiply the perimeter by the price of your desired coating on our remodeling spreadsheet.
Measuring your deck:
Most contractors base their prices on the total square footage of the area to be worked on. Be sure to set your measuring wheel to feet.
When you are dealing with a large rectangular concrete deck with nothing in the middle of it, finding the square footage is simple (length x width). However, if the area of decking you wish to change encompasses another structure, such as a swimming pool, the trick is to break the deck into multiple rectangles. Then measure each rectangles square footage and add the totals (be sure not to measure over the same area twice). This sum will be the total square footage of the area you wish to change.
If you have areas of your deck that are rounded, gain approximate square footages by creating squares or rectangles where the rounded parts take up about half of the area. Measure the length and the width and divide that number by half.
After obtaining your measurements
After finding all the measurements you need to complete your estimate, compare it to the charts below.
Use the chart below to calculate the amount of coating (white plaster, colored plaster, 3M, Pebble, Hydrazzo or Glass Bead) you will need for the square footage of your pool or spa.
Use the chart below to calculate the amount of coping (Bull Nose Brick or Pour in Place) you will need for the square footage of your pool or spa.
Use the chart below to calculate the amount of tile you will need for the square footage of your pool or spa.
Use the chart below to calculate the cost of demolition as well as the amount of decking (standard, colored, stamped, or pavers) you will need for the square footage of your pool or spa.
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