sorry for the length of this post
I have Flagstone coping around gunite pool. The pool is only 4 yrs old. Of course the warranty is only 3 years. I noticed I had grout missing in a couple areas above the tile line and beneath the coping. I have had 2 guys out to take a look and both have many years of experience in pool building and renovation.
First guy goes around the pool tapping the coping and listening to the sound and decided that 85 of the approximate 100 stones will need to be pulled up and reset. He says we might as well reset them all at this point. Will also need to have new caulk done between the coping and patio once all the stones have been reset. He says we should do it sooner rather than later because once moisture gets in there it is possable that the tile could start to come off. Wants to charge $3200 for the whole job.
The second comes out and also taps the stones and decides that about 40 of the stones would need to be reset. He can't believe that this needs done to a 4 yr old pool(me neither). He says "its not that I don't want the work but if this was my pool I would do nothing for the next 3 yrs and then maybe have all the coping reset". He stated that flagstone is notoriuos for not binding as well as brick. Wish I would have known that 4 yrs ago.
I would like some insight on; will I do more damage if I do nothing and wait a few years? Of course I would rather not spend $3200 now, but I would also not want to spend $6000 in 2 years because now I need tile work also.
I have the original PB coming out today or tomorrow(been trying to get them out for 3 weeks). Of course they are the ones who said it was out of warranty but they would come out and give me a quote. It will be curious to see how they stand behind their product.
Thank you for any insight