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    Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    Hello, this is my first post. Thank you for such an instructional forum! I have been devouring its content since I stumbled upon it yesterday. (We are embarking on a pool reno that is at least 18 years overdue!)

    We bought our home 19 years ago. We are in Boca Raton, Florida. We have an inground pool with a weekly pool service. ( I know, we probably should be doing it ourselves, but it is easy to keep putting it off and before we know it, the pool is green; so it is money well spent to have our pool guy do it.)

    We are in the process of obtaining quotes to refinish the surface of the pool and to redo the patio and deck area. So there are a few questions that I thought I would ask. The pool is approximately 14 x 27, more or less, with curved ends at both ends of the pool.


    1. The pool currently has a marcite finish. We keep hearing that Diamond Brite is the way to go. Are there newer finishes similarly priced that we should be researching? I say similarly priced because I know that there are all kinds of finishes available, but we are trying to keep our redo within reasonable parameter$!
      • the pool has no leaks but the finish is stained and should have been redone soon after we moved in 19 years ago. (We procrastinate...)

    2. I would love to hear the sound of water. So I was thinking it would be nice to have a simple waterfall type thing installed under the coping. What would be a reasonable range I should expect this to set us back? Is this a good/bad resale feature?
    3. Is LED lighting the way to go? What other choices should I be "googling?" Pros/Cons?
    4. We have AWFUL chatahoochee flooring that we absolutely hate. Finally getting rid of it!! I want a safe, non-slippery surface. Belgrade Appian (concrete?) pavers have been recommended. Pros/Cons?
      • how rough on bare feet?
      • how hot?
      • reasonably priced alternatives?

    5. The current watertile is not bad looking. Does it have to be removed since we need new coping?
    6. The current deck is being extended. Our deck area is L shaped. It is being extended about 3 feet on the two sides that are exposed . Any suggestions as to issues or problems with extending the deck?
    7. Any order that should be followed? - - i.e.: resurfacing or flooring first?


    Anyone here done similar type of reno in the Boca/So Florida area (or anywhere else) that could share expected cost information?

    Thank you!!

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    Re: Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    Sorry I can't help you much but I have a couple comments on some of your items.

    1. Honestly I have heard pros/cons to diamond bright. I think all finishes have their pluses and minuses. Just saying it might not be the way to go. Hopefully more people would post on that. I think aggregate finishes have better lifetimes if you could get one in a similar price range or one that is slightly more expensive.
    3. LED's use less power and let you customize the colors (if you have the right controller) but cost WAY more money. I had to pay $600/light over the cost of incandescent. I think you are limited based on the niche you have in your pool. If you have a standard pool light you can google all the pool manufacturers as they all have their own spin on LED lighting that fit in standard pool light niches.
    4. I have pavers but I think each paver is different. You'll definitely want to get samples and walk on it barefoot to see what you think. Hopefully Belgrade has a way on their website for you to find a local supplier where you can go get some samples. That is what I did for my Belgard pavers. For pavers the temperature is dependent on what color you get. Of course lighter colors are better for temperature than darker colors. This is where the samples help too. I set several samples out in our driveway in the summer heat and walked on them.
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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    Re: Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    Welcome to TFP! We love pics, so if you could post some of your existing space that would help us give you better info!
    Marla
    No longer living vicariously through other people's pool builds. Pool build is complete on my IG SWCG pool, approx 10,000 gallons. All Jandy equipment - VS 1.5 hp pump, 580 cartridge filter, AquaPure 1400 salt cell, AquaLink PDA system. Dolphin m500. PebbleSheen Blue Surf with shells and beads added. TF-100 w/ SpeedStir. A Houston Pool Build Inside the Loop

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    Re: Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    UMMGOOD,

    Thank you for your reply and excellent suggestion. I will get samples and walk on them!


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    MARLAHOUTEX,

    Thanks for welcoming me to the site. When I learn how to post pictures, I will try doing that.

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    Re: Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    OH yeah another Florida person in the house!!! Nice to see you!!!

    We really need to see some pics. I have a link to help with that.

    Posting Photo's Tutorial

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    Re: Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    Cleo, just go to Photobucket to upload your pics. Select the photo you want and then copy and paste the IMG into your post.
    Marla
    No longer living vicariously through other people's pool builds. Pool build is complete on my IG SWCG pool, approx 10,000 gallons. All Jandy equipment - VS 1.5 hp pump, 580 cartridge filter, AquaPure 1400 salt cell, AquaLink PDA system. Dolphin m500. PebbleSheen Blue Surf with shells and beads added. TF-100 w/ SpeedStir. A Houston Pool Build Inside the Loop

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    Re: Pool Reno Questions - First time poster

    Kim and Marla,

    Thanks for the help with photo posting. If it only would stop raining so I can take some pictures!

    I have never seen this much rain in December. We have had continuous rain for several days now. At least it is not snow....

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