by Rob Cox March 31, 2015
As a follow up to Mark's excellent article on Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual pool maintenance. I thought I'd take a longer term view and discuss probable repairs and renovations that a pool owner can plan for over time, say 10 years, 20 years and 30 years out.
These are just estimates as to lifespan of pool surfaces, expensive replacement parts or new pool equipment, your actual mileage may vary.
Beyond 25 years? Well, just more of the same really. The shell of most concrete pools can last 40 or 50 years, and vinyl and fiberglass pools should last 30-40 years. Underground PVC plumbing and skimmers can also last 30-50 years - if you're lucky!
Use this information to allocate funds for the inevitable - pool repairs and renovations. On average, a pool owner can expect to spend $500-$1000 per year in major expenses, if you were to amortize the cost to an annual amount.
In the real world however, you can go several years with nothing major and then wham! An unexpected breakdown, another appliance or accessory at the end of it's useful life, or a pool in need of an expensive cosmetic improvment.