We are in the final stages of selecting a PB and several questions are coming up that I hope the experts on this forum can weigh in on. By the way - I love this forum and have been lurking about for some months now. There is a wealth of knowledge hidden in all the older posts.
So far we know it will be a gunite, free-form pool with a hot tub. It will probably be around 30000 gallons and around 800 sqft surface area
We want to go with a SWG system but the PB recommends a DelOzone system as a secondary sanitizer. From what I read that is not necessary. I assume most SWG owners do not have the ozonator? Correct?
For the filter, the PB recommend the Pentair FNSP 60 but I am leaning towards the Quad 100 - more filter surface and probably only marginally higher upfront cost.
For the cleaner, the PB is recommending the Platinum Pool Cleaner. I seem to get the impression that Polaris gets getter feedback but I would welcome any comparisons.
For lights, we want to go with white Intellibrites - just not sure if the 12V or 120V are better. Any insights?
For plaster I think we are sold on Pebblesheen - just not sure on the color yet. I am sure that will be a longwinded decision.....
Another 'unusual' recommendation/suggestion from the PB is to seal the gunite to avoid water seeping through and creating white stains. It is apparently a fairly new technique. Any feedback on that?
Finally, I am very much in doubt about piers. I understand it is very regional and maybe even from street to street. I don't think others pools in the area (Friendswood - West Ranch) have them but I am not sure. It does add around 6 k$ so it is not just a rounding error......
Any feedback/comments will be greatly appreciated. As soon as the design is fixed I will start posting pictures.