New to the forum. Just want to first say a big Thank You to everyone who contributes to the volumes of information on this site - I've been pouring over the site for the past 2 weeks and have absorbed some great information and advice. I've never owned a pool before and am cautiously optimistic that the maintenance won't be to overwhelming (and the enjoyment will far exceed the chores). That being said, my wife and I are very excited to begin!
We have been getting quotes on a in ground, 16x32 gunnite sport pool (somewhere on the order of 3.5' - 6' - 4') with a "sun bench" ( 6' x 6' or 6' x 8' raised deck 9" below the water). Side note: we live in Albuquerque (hot summers, cool/cold winters, high UV index). We've decided on a PB and the basics of the system are sand filter, SWG, WhisperFlo 1.5 HP pump, Rheem 166,000BTU heater, white plaster finish, 2-surface skimmer, 2 main drain, auto cover, fill line, and polaris 340. The PB mostly uses Pentair products. I'm also planning on using the BBB methods described here, specifically utilizing Boric Acid.
I was hoping to get some information on two of the extras that our PB has on the spreadsheet that we are interested in but can't find a lot of information about. The first is deck jet sprinklers. Are there any problems or negatives associated? We're planning on stamped concrete decking, so I don't think getting some salt water on the concrete will be that big of an issue - do these break often? We think we'll like the "ambiance" of them and the kids will enjoy the extra splashing.
Second question is with the plaster finish - an extra in the quote is a Sunstone (Sunstone Quartz or Sunstone Pearl) color plaster. The PB says that the white plaster will last 10-15 years and addition of the Sunstone product adds 5-8+ years to the life of the plaster. Does anyone out there have any experience with Sunstone products? I asked him about Pebble Tec, and he says that Pebble Tec "has no additional strength to it and is more costly than Sunstone". Going on the CLI website shows that it's aggregate and that the Pearl option is more of a "smooth pebble pool finish".
Any thoughts or feedback on this quote would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for your help,