Starting getting quotes on re-plastering our Dallas pool, approx., 28k-30k gallon, "abstract modern" shape with 150 perimeter feet. We're still deciding between colored plaster vs. pebble vs. quartz (and rabidly reading other threads comparing them), but have some bigger issues:
1) 1 of the 7 or so companies we've had out to quote have said they'd keep work to Spring or Fall and that the heat through the Summer would cause cracking during the work. The other 6 or so have no issue with it. Thoughts?
2) If you're in North Texas, you know how the heat and soil have played together over the last 2 years. This pool is probably original with the house, circa 1977. Cantilevered deck. There is no coping to speak of (I'm probably saying this incorrectly)- rather, there is no difference from the surrounding decking (which is some sort of CoolDeck) all the way to an overhang over the pool edge. We moved in just over a year ago, and the tile is separating from the decking above (1/4"-1/2" in some places) and has progressed since we've been in the house. We're not sure if we want explicit coping or not; when speaking about it with the folks who came out to bid, only one called out that we really need to cut out the cantilever and cope it (but stressed that it would be a good idea).
First quote had this: saw cut pool decking 1' from waterline; remove cantilever edge and pool tile; clean expansion joint; remove loose/hollow/etc. pool beam; aluminum plates over skimmers (if applicable); install polyvoid foam for expansion joint; install coping and tile of choice; install deckoseal/mastic in place of foam; saw cut and chip out around tile line and fittings... (then rest of plaster work).
In this climate and soil, would this be mostly necessary (and we'd like to live here for 20 years)? If so, are the above steps sufficient?