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Thread: Coping, tile, concrete repair - too much. Convert to Liner??

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    Coping, tile, concrete repair - too much. Convert to Liner??

    Bought a house two years ago. It has a 25+ year old concrete pool that was in reasonable condition. We enjoyed it the past 2 seasons, but this year, it needs a lot of work:

    - Coping replacement - 40%+ shot - chipped, popped, cracked, etc.
    - Tile replacement - 30%+ - same condition as coping bricks
    - Concrete wall - many areas of substandard integrity.
    - Paint - many areas of chipping and flaking

    I decided to do a full "rebuild" so to speak.
    - Full tear-off & replacement of all coping
    - Full tear-off & replacement of all tile at the waterline
    - Chip out loose concrete on walls - mostly at winter waterline. Repair
    - New paint
    I've asked the question to 2 or 3 pool companies on the rough cost for this project and they all came in at $15K-$20K. Too much.

    I have a few questions:

    1. What are the advantages/disadvantages of concrete vs. vinyl lined?
    2. Could I convert my concrete to a lined pool? Should I? What would be involved in that process? Would it be cheaper than $20K?
    3. Do I need any special type of tile? Is ceramic OK or do I need porcelain?
    4. Any special adhesive for the tile or the coping? Or is a standard thin set OK?
    5. What's best way to repair the concrete wall and steps? I can hear hollow sound in areas and that tells me to chip away until I get to solid material. It looks like this was done in the past and it's just time to do it again. How do I do this so it lasts another 5 years? Can I do something that will last 10+ years? I don't want to have to do this again.

    Any thoughts by anyone? Anyone in the greater Mpls/St. Paul area that could do this for less than $20K???

    What are my options??
    Installed: 16x32 Roman shape, plaster, sand filter, new heater. 25+ year old pool, just updated in 2014 w/new coping tile, new waterline tile, new plaster, new heater. It's beautiful now

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Coping, tile, concrete repair - too much. Convert to Lin

    1) Concrete tends to look better Concrete gives you way more flexibility on shape.
    2) Converting to vinyl will cost about the same, maybe a little more, maybe a little less.
    3) Tile needs to be frost safe. Porcelain always is, other kinds sometimes are.
    4) Standard.
    5) If done correctly a repair should last way longer than 5 years.
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