Getting close to finalizing our pool build and signing a contract hopefully in next week or two.
In a two hour review today with our likely PB of choice, on a Saturday when he had a sick 5 year old son at home (kudo's to this guy), we asked what potential options for saving some $$$ on our (we think) massive cost of a pool build....
One item he brought up was swapping Stonescape or Quartzscape for our planned Blue Granite Pebblesheen.
Worried about some of the comments in posts about Stonescape:
including the comments from mchristisen:
Brush, Brush, Brush and Brush some more.
We had our pool refinished last year with Stonescapes. We brushed the pool twice a day for a month and Most of
the pool is smooth to the touch but there are a few areas that are rough. Brushing will remove all the loose pebble
before it cures and give you a nice smooth feel when you run your hand over it. After the first week get in there with a vacuum and get all the loose pebble off the bottom of the pool. If you dont get it out of the pool, the areas under the
loose pebble will be rough.
If you dont already have one, go get a Wall Whale. It is the brush with the huge fin on the backside. It will make your
life much easier with the amount of brushing you have ahead of you. And be careful with the edges of the brush. Dont
let it rub against stairs or anything. It will dig a grove into you new finish.
Also, our PB told us it would be ok to put the Kreepy Krauly in the pool after two weeks. It wasnt. The rough surface
of the new pebble would stop the cleaner in its tracks and it would sit in one spot all day pounding away. We now have
two circular puck marks in the deep end. Nobody else has noticed, but I know they are there.
Hope you enjoy your new finish! We sure love ours. (We were in ours as soon as it was full)
Not many comments on Quartzscape... Still looking though.
PB says this switch might save us as much as $1000 on our pool build, but he's looking into it to verify.
Thoughts on this? He said the warranty is the same. And yes, (Bruce) I realize it's probably the installers skill that is as important or more important than the product itself - I intend to push the PB on this topic as well.