I bought my home about 3 years ago. It has an in-ground 16x32 vinyl liner pool that is at least 40 years old. The concrete pool deck has settled all around my pool. The gap ranges from 2" to almost 4". Luckily, the cement has settled almost perfectly level (there are no gaps or tripping hazards) but it is unsightly and I would like to fix it. See attached photos.
I've had a few contractors come look at it and now have 3 different options.
Option 1 - Lift the original cement back to the coping using a polymer (from a company called Polylevel). Similar concept to mud-jacking but with no danger to pool walls. Cost is 15-16$/sq ft.
Option 2 - Put pavers/stones on top of the existing cement. Cost is 15-16$/sq ft.
Option 3 - Pour new cement on top of the existing cement. Cost is 10$/sq ft.
Option 3 (new cement) is the cheapest but I think option 2 (pavers) would give me the nicest looking result, the problem is that it raises the question of what to do with the coping. I think pavers next to a white aluminum coping don't look that nice. My neighbor did that on his pool (he had same sunken cement problem that I have on mine) and it contrasts with the pavers. So if I want to put pavers over the coping to give a uniform look, not only would that add additional cost, I was told it would also require a new track for the liner and most likely a new liner. Right now my liner is actually held up by the coping itself. So if I put a new track in, would I also have to change the liner? Or is it possible to install a track (e.g. a cantilever track) without removing my liner?
What are your thoughts TFPC readers? What option would you go for? Do you think the cement will keep sinking or has it finally settled after 40 years? Do you think there is any danger to my pool walls by adding new cement or pavers on top of it?
Any suggestions, experiences or recommendations would be very welcome!! THANKS!