Hi all. I have been a pool owner for 2 years. The pool (in-ground, gunite) came with the house my husband and I purchased.
Back story. There was a planter integrated into the edge of one section of the pool. The pool-side edge of the planter consisted of stone coping. The stone was in poor shape, sections missing and not adhered at all anymore. We were having a concrete contractor come out to extend our patio, so while they were here we asked them to remove the rose bush and fill in the planter with concrete.
So, the problem. As they finished the job, I noticed that the new concrete was in direct contact with the pool tiles, which seemed like a red flag. After a little research, I now now a lot more about pool construction than I did previously. Being a cantilever edge, there should have been an expansion joint between the pool and concrete deck. The lack of one could not only cause the tile to crack, but could also damage the bond beam.
Response from contractor: The owner of the concrete company will not acknowledge that this is a problem. He now tells me they do not work with pools, and they will not redo the job under any circumstances. They are willing to refund our money. Or they will guarantee the concrete for 10 years but that is for repair of concrete in the event it fails, not in the event of tile or pool damage.
My question. I now realize that I should have done more research before embarking on this project , but given where I am at now, I need to know how much of a problem this is. Should I hire a more qualified professional to rip out the new concrete and start over the right way? Wait and see if it becomes a problem? As a third option, my hubby is considering chipping away the concrete along the tile edge, which makes me nervous and does not seem to address full problem.
The next step in this project was going to be SunDek application. ...I don't want to have that done ($) only to have to tear this section out a year later.
Thanks for sticking with me if you're still here. This has caused me quite a bit of stress. Open to any and all opinions. Trying to figure out how to post photos.image1.jpgimage2.jpg