I'm close to getting started on a new pool build. We have picked everything but need to make a final decision on coping.
The new pool will have a 129' perimeter and be 802 s.f. with a maximum depth of 8 ft. It is designed to fit our back yard and have a long stretch that makes a 50 ft lap lane. It is sort of triangular shape with a freeform curved wall on the long side at the back of the yard. That side will have an 18" raised wall with 3 sheer descents. The hot tub will be at the 90 degree corner of the pool opposite the raised wall and raised 18". It will have a Wet Edge pebble interior. It will have a few benches and a tanning shelf with bubblers.
It will not have a SWCG. We are trying to decide on the coping and raised wall between flagstone or travertine. The difference in price would only be $700. The PB we are using will bevel the top edge of the flagstone, but the bottom edge will still have a corner. The travertine has a bullnose. I like the idea of the bullnose better. The travertine either comes honed and filled or pitted. The honed/filled is super slippery when wet, so I don't want that around the pool. I am a little concerned about the pitted travertine getting dirt in the pitting and looking bad? Is that an issue?
My husband is also slightly worried about water getting into the pits and freezing and expanding. The PB said they will not use any pieces with large pits. Our entire pool can be heated and it doesn't get very cold her very often. In January of 2011 we did have a day where the temp only got up to 31 and the low was 22, but that really doesn't happen very often. I told my husband that if we were worried about that, we could just run the heater some and warming the water up should warm up the area around there as well. We are planning on running the pool year round. Next week our highs will be in the 70s...
The PB is laying out the pool in my backyard right now and we might dig next week. If there are no rain delays, the pool should be complete within 7 weeks of the dig.
Any recommendations about the coping/raised wall surface?