My pool construction started December 1, 2013 and is ongoing. Yes, I know I have been lazy to not post pics and things so far, but so far we have too many pics to count spread across 3 different cameras. I'm thinking a set of representative photos at the completion of my build will be a good thing once I have a chance to sort through them all. It's a fairly involved build with extensive rock feature, spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor bathroom. Our rock feature is composed of sprayed gunite over a rebar/mesh form with lots of carving/texturing to look like real rock. Unlike some of the cheezy painted rocks of previous decades it's actually fairly convincing. The outer surface is essentially a mortar/stucco type material with neat little fossil shell/starfish imprints in some spots. The rock feature is approx. 35-40 ft of waterfalls ranging from 3-8 ft above the water surface with a deep grotto/slide combo near the deep end of the pool. My question for the best and brightest of the TFP forum: My PB has given us the option to seal or not to seal the fake rock formation. He thinks that unsealed will better suit the surrounding flagstone used for the beach entry, coping, spa wall, patio. He is worried that a sealant (which will apparently make the rocks look wet all the time even where the waterfalls do not course) will make the rocks look more "fake". He says that there is no difference in terms of durability with or without sealing. Anyone have any opinion or experience with something like this?
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