Just joined, but have been a watcher for a while as we move closer to our first pool. First, thanks for this site, it's made me think...ALOT.
This may be a question more for contractors (and will be for mine). I'm open to any answers, especially from people who have been in my position.
All things being equal, coping seems to be a make or break factor for many folks and material selection seems to be discussed as a major issue by many who have quality concerns after the fact. I have done a fair amount of research on coping materials and specifically geology, porosity, ease of working, and hardness of materials. Everyone here in North Texas seems to use local regionally available stone. The problem is, it seems to flake off or otherwise pit soon (within 18 mos) after construction, even when properly sealed. I have seen this time and again with friends pools in both salt and non-salt pool installs. My own research has landed me on Rocky Mountain Quartzite (from Northern Stone) for it's look AND more so it durability.
My questions are:
Should my builder have a problem with me specifying this material?
Does anyone have it around their pool and how do you like it?
I know of only one supplier in Tx (near San antonio) that provides this product from its quarry in Idaho, should I reach out directly and do my own homework on costs and transport logistics?
Thanks in advance for your responses and feel free to let me know if I'm missing anything on this consideration.