We are three years into owning a pool that was built circa 1985 - complete with red long brick coping.
We have a small crack in the pool plaster for the last year but no measurable leaks.
We have had two contractors come out:
Contractor A: very big fan of the mini pebble crystalstones. He says maintenance will be much easier and that will last a long time and help once the crack is repaired. Hubby likes the sound of that! We have friends with pebble tec and they love their pool - and we do too. Hubby just started taking over pool maintenance and was doing great until all the spring rains and now it seems hard to keep algae off and keep it balanced.
Contractor B: works mostly in straight plaster. Recommends plaster with Quartz - not any name brand product.
He says the pool is so old it doesn't make sense to put a long lasting plaster that may outlive the pool. Also the crack will return and damage the fancy plaster - so stick to basics since it is a repair. He also says flagstone is relatively cheap coping - so just do plaster and flagstone - which seems like a weird combination to me.
This all leaves me completely confused as to the best option for a old pool with some minor cracks.
We are typically middle of the road folks. Nothing super fancy and nothing too basic.
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