Our plans are to have a 20X40 vinyl IGP installed with aprox 1500sf of natural stone decking. We are down to 2 bids, both pool builders come highly recommended and we would feel confident going with either one. The decking will be installed by a highly qualified landscape company.
The 1st PB will use the Fox X-brace system (which is promoted as "being able to withstand frost upheaval" as quoted in their booklet), the 2nd will use an L-Brace system supplemented with deck supports.
We live in a very cold climate, so frost is inevitable. My question goes out to others who also live in a colder climate and have the X-Brace system. Has it truly held up to the claims of being a better bracing system? Have you had any issues with movement of your deck? We're trying to figure out if it is really worth paying so much more for the system, or put the money towards upgrades in the filtration system, or elsewhere. And to those of you in a colder climate with a proficiently installed L-brace system, are you equally satisfied?
Our property is one great big bed of rock, once we dig 3-4 feet we will hit a bit of shale and then rock. We know this from experience of putting on an addition to our house and going geo-thermal. The pool will have a nice solid foundation; we will have no issues of soil errosion or sand or clay to deal with. Which is why we are questioning whether we even need to spend so much more on the bracing system.
Please note I'm not looking for comments bashing or insulting either system. I would just like feedback whether anyone has had decking issues with regards to their brace system.