I've heard that having concrete pool coping bricks on a fiberglass pool is a recipe for disaster. Our PB told us that he foresees a maintenance problem down the road with loose bricks. Despite this advice, I still want to go ahead because I really dislike the look of the fiberglass neck (or whatever it's called) showing around the perimeter of the pool after it is installed and know I won't be happy with this look. We like the look of Artistic Pavers bricks, as they have coordinating radially cut bricks to work with the round spa.
We will have a large deck surrounding the pool in poured concrete with concrete pavers laid on top. Not 100% sure on the pool water cleaning system, but I think it is a copper ionizer set up. The pool will be installed about 200 feet from the sea, so salt spray is pretty constant as well.
Here are my key questions:
1. What construction method is best to secure the coping bricks?
2. What type of mortar, grout and adhesive products are best for this type of job (all will be purchased in the US)?
3. What about expansion joints? What is needed for a hot climate?
4. How to make the gap between the curved top of the fiberglass pool and straight underside edge of the brick coping look good?
5. Are coping bricks shaped like an L recommended instead of straight ones due to their ability to cover the gap?
6. What else did I not think of??
I'm hoping that the gurus on this site have some good construction or maintenance tips for me as we undertake this process.
Thanks so much for reading this and any advice or experience you can share.