Update: The PB is replacing the tiles, but now we are on the "naughty list" I suppose. Nothing can proceed until they're done, and the response made it seem like they will not be in a hurry. Thanks for your feedback.
I'm pulling this out from the build thread to hopefully get more replies.
We are using quartzite for the coping around our pool. There are two tiles we have issue with, and we raised these issues before the tiling was complete and before the tiles were grouted. They were not addressed and now the tile and coping have been grouted for over a week. There were also some pieces that were uneven, and that was fixed last week. The project manager (allegedly) inspected the tile after it was laid and again after we raised concerns. He didn't agree/disagree that these were problems, but he noted that he saw what we saw. The construction manager for the company just came out yesterday or today and said they were simply "natural variations in the tile."
Here is the first, a crack on one of the coping pieces in the deep end of the pool:
We have no idea how deep the crack is, and as it is near the edge, we have concerns as to the tile eventually splitting off along the crack. This crack is NOT a natural variation in the tile, it is a crack.
Location of coping piece on pool:
Here is the second, a crack and a crater in a piece along the edge of the spa:
This picture shows the roughness of the crater better:
While the crater is a natural variation in the tile, why on earth was it used? Just because the tile exists, it doesn't need to be laid. The edge of the spa is often used for seating, and that would rip suits and be uncomfortable. Also, the tile has a crack. If I were laying tile, I would pick the piece up and think, "Hmmm, we got a bum piece" and NOT use it or use half of it for a cut piece and discard the crater/cracked section.
Location of coping piece on spa:
So, are we being too particular? Will replacing the coping at this point be problematic? WWYD? ALL opinions welcome, even if you think I'm nuts. Thanks!