Hello TFP, I am Jonathan, my wife and I purchased a house (our 2nd) in Cape Coral, Fl with a pool (our 1st). Finally have the money and are ready to get the ball rolling on renovating the deck (river rock ) and resurfacing the plaster which is pretty rough. Have a few estimates I am happy with...well as happy as you can be writing a check, around $5k for the pool (roughly 18k gallons) and tile, and around $3k for the large deck area, which will be stamped concrete. Have a couple of questions, well I have a million, but I will start with these.
1. The PB uses Florida Stucco pool finishes and quoted me with their petite finishes. He highly recommended staying away from anything without a white cement background. That narrows me down to the petite pearl, petite silver, and the mosaic as a small up charge which I am leaning toward. Has anyone had experience with these finishes or company?
2A. My pump and cartridge filter are around 15 years old if not older, is it worth footing the bill now when the pool will be fresh for a new pump and filter system?
2B. Is it worth a VS pump or is a 2 speed enough? It is a one return system, main "drain" does not do anything, no waterfalls or anything but 3 jets and a skimmer. Currently has a 1hp Century Centurion motor..not sure of the pump.
3. The current pool is set up is in this order. River rock, to a 2x6 cap til,e to a waterline tile, to the pool finish. I hate this, I do not want a cap tile (unless someone can show me it done right). I would much rather the concrete extend to or over hang the waterline tile. Is this a lot more labor, or worth it? Would a border of pavers be cheaper?
4. Tile, pool finish, and deck colors may be the end of me....help, pictures appreciated with similar set ups. No glass tiles to custom rock deck pictures... not for another 20 years.
Ill stop here with the questions to keep it somewhat organized. Thank you all for the help and suggestions.