My first post here but wanted to thank all responsible for this wonderful and informative site – great community!
I am doing a build here in middle DFW – HEB area and wanted to share lessons learned from previous pool ownership for those thinking of undertaking this major investment. Please make note that opinions here are from my own experience only and as an fyi to you.
My first pool was 15 years ago from a previous residence.
• It was a gunite pool and it held water temperature very good - warm water even after rain and on late summer early fall
• It had raised wall with sandstone veneer and a couple of port fountains – a water feature for relaxation
• Sandstone for coping blended with warm earth tone color bricks around the house
• 35,000 gal was too much for a family of four
• 8 foot deep end and diving board and slide not ideal for young children
• very little shallow area and steps were not ideal for young children
• 100 sq ft cartridge filter not sufficient
• no drains around the deck invites flooding to the pool – a nightmare
• white plaster - developed stains over time from debris
My 2nd pool from current residency.
• Play pool - 5 feet deep end, ideal for toddlers and teenagers
• Large shallow area and long and large steps nice for hanging out
• Fiberglass pool -smooth surface (like a very huge bath tub)
• 12,000 gal - very easy to maintain, bleach and bleach was all it took; somehow ph remained constant all the time
• 12,000 gal – became too small for toddlers growing into teens and friends
• Fiberglass pool - water was always cold even in very hot summer months deep in the heart of Texas
• Fiberglass pool - though the pool lasted more than 25 years, started leaking water the past few years, hairline cracks here and there. Walls and floor started bowing in and finally decided to rip it out and decking for a brand new pool.
My 3rd pool and its current build - I will post pix of this current build but wanted to ask opinions and pix if any, on pebble tec’s gemz fire opal pendants as spotters on any pebble finish in general or specifically in a blue granite pebble sheen, thanks.