I live in Massachusetts and am almost done with my pool installation. Liner and water go in this week. The pool company is telling us that we must wait at least 3 weeks before pouring the deck/cement patio. That gives enough time for the ground to settle. But every single person I talk to who has a pool says WAIT till after the winter! They say do it next Spring because waiting it out through a winter will help prevent cracks. When I tell the pool company this, they say that you don't have to wait; concrete cracks at some point no matter what. And, that they pack the ground so hard, that 3 weeks is sufficient. And if I don't do it within the 3 weeks, they make me sign a waiver that their not held responsible if anything happens to pool structure due to the decking not put in yet. They say the decking helps stabalize the pool as well. 3 pool companies here have all the said the same thing. And what do they care? they are not doing the cement... another company does that.
But when I speak to my neighbors and friends who have a pool, they say wait!
So, now I don't know what to do. I am wondering if anyone up North has advice on what I should do???