Charlie here.....Now the Gemstone finish. The issue here is underexposure of the pebbles. Click on the photo and you can enlarge an area that has more cement showing than pebbles. There is a band of blue grey cement right through the middle one third of the pic (left to right). The second pic is on the top edge of a step (about the middle of the frame). And the last pic the cement is along the bottom of the frame and another starting at the top middle slanting down to the right. I took these with an underwater camera trying to get the best light (not professional).
I asked the contractor what about these...he claimed you will always have these imperfections. And if he were to "fix" them the pebbles would fall out! Also that this would disappear over time... I guess these guys will say anything. There are dozens and dozens of these "imperfections" which are really underexposed aggregate (sloppy, hurried work).
Has anyone seen these imperfections in their Pebble Tec or other branded pools? Are they "normal"... they certainly weren't in the sample that was shown to me or in their pictures on the Gemstone website.
Something else to watch out for ... I chose the Blue Diamond color based on what samples I saw on the website ... there are many blue stone pebbles in the mix on the website, however my mix did not have any blue pebbles...none... turns out there is a standard blue diamond and a designer blue diamond... this distinction was NOT pointed out to me and of course I got the cheaper standard.... I call this "bait and switch" ...show you one thing and then give you another. The contractor told me I was getting a great deal! Just under $10k for a waterblast job, bond coat, new tile, Gemstone, new skimmer and auto fill for an 80' perimeter 13,000 gal pool. Is that a deal?
Many thanks for your time and patience.
If you get the concrete deck pics on photobucket, I think you can click Gemstone under albums to get the Gemstone pics.