I haven't seen any discussions about rubber pavers like the Envirotile sold at Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053.
We've had our pool for four years which had the original 1970's plaster job. Plaster coming up, algae ingrained in the walls, leaking. Yeah, we were the people that bought a foreclosed house and thought, "Oh boy! A pool. How fun. The kids will love it", even though the thing was a green moat when we took ownership.
So, this year we had my 'estimated cost' in cash on-hand to get the thing fixed...or bury it. New tile, coping, plaster, dig out & replace cracked skimmer. Had to pass on getting the decking worked on as my 'estimated cost' was a little low.
Here is a link to my flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/5187629...7626461670010/ of some pics of where it was a couple weeks ago and where they are now in the process. As of today, they have removed the tile and coping and actually used a 40k psi water blaster to remove the plaster. It is an awesome job of removal and I'm stoked about how well the new plaster should adhere to the gunite.
The concrete decking is basically a 38" wide sidewalk around the kidney-shaped pool with some additional area for where the diving board and water slide used to be along with a walk back down to our patio. The pool company will install new coping and mastic between the existing decking and the new coping. I've thought about a DIY of 1/2-inch pavers to keep the height shift to a minimum. Then I saw the rubber pavers at Home Depot which seems like an ideal solution because I will not have to do any more work on the concrete. Oh, by the way, the concrete used to have a layer of pea-gravel on it that hurt to walk on. It was rough and so filled with dirt that weeds grew out of it. It took me about a year to get it up with some tool my dad lent me that he called a Mule.
As the pics show the concrete is in bad shape and still has a layer of thinset in areas that the pea gravel was laid down on that needs to come up. I think doing any sort of bonding agent and thinset or concrete treatment is out because of the condition. These rubber pavers basically are like a 'floated floor'. We picked 4 squares up and it became evident that with the shape of the pool I'm gonna have a lot of waste since the pavers are 18" square. Still, it is intriguing as are some of the other recycled paver solutions I'm finding online.
Anyone have any thoughts or experiences with them?