EcoFinish Pool wall questions

sktn77a

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May 16, 2010
2,225
Chapel Hill, NC
Well, pricing is pretty regional but I would think you could get this done for under $30,000 (my job was done in November 2017 - the original pool was built in 1996). I got estimates from $25,000-$35,000 to do my job and I would have gone with the $25,000 guy if he wasn't running so far behind. As it is, what I saved mostly was about $3000 - $4000, time, and the ability to speak to the guys directly and keep on top of things. My reno involved a couple of extras (new diving board and base, electrical to pool light and outdoor plugs, skimmer and ladders) which added about the same as what I saved.
 

STLPool2017

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Aug 22, 2017
71
Saint Louis, Missouri
Thank you for the information. I thought you had done it a couple of years ago and that's why I said in today's dollars. At this point I just want my pool to look normal again and either do the overlay of the new fiberglass walls or gunite the walls and make the pool slightly smaller would do that, the vinyl insert would not in my opinion. The contractors that I have talked to have not given me any option of putting gunite walls in. How hard was it to talk the pool contractor into doing that?
 

sktn77a

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May 16, 2010
2,225
Chapel Hill, NC
The contractors that I have talked to have not given me any option of putting gunite walls in. How hard was it to talk the pool contractor into doing that?

Not too hard. I had to speak with about a dozen larger pool companies, pool builders and pool renovation companies. The ones I ended up shortlisting were bigger concrete/plaster company subs referred by the larger pool companies (that felt the job was too small for them), or smaller pool renovation companies. I used a range of about 100 miles from where I live. You might also get some names from smaller pool supply shops in your area. You could show potential builders the pictures of my reno and see what they think. And, like I said, this wasn't a quick process - took me a couple of years. But you're well ahead of the game now, so it shouldn't take you more than a couple of months now that you've researched the options.
 

sktn77a

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May 16, 2010
2,225
Chapel Hill, NC
Forgot to mention, these guys were my original preferred option. They say their service area is all down the east coast but I think I might have been a little too far south for them in NC (they're in NJ):

Pool Repair - Resurfacing - Conversion - Remodeling - Swimming Pool Contractor - East Coast Pools

I'm sure there are other companies that could do this. Here's a search of fiberglass pool conversions; click on eack pool and see if there's any more information and links to the companies that did them:

fiberglass pool conversion - Google Search
 

StLDave

New member
Oct 20, 2018
4
Fenton/MO
WOW, did I miss something in my research on EcoFinish! My pool is all fiberglass, about 25 years old. I am in the middle of an installation disaster. Lots of issues, and once they start, you have NO choice but to finish. Knowing what I know now, I would not have gone this route. The first day, they emptied the pool like gangbusters. Water was underneath and a corner blew out. They said to call them when it was fixed. They restarted, old repairs blew out, they left, came back to help locate other areas (so they could have done this first), and the areas were repaired. Now they are back to finish the remaining areas. They did not remove the blisters, and hopefully the sandpaper like finishes in some areas get melted down a bit more. And the zebra striping in the colors. And, hey, that color really does not look like what I picked.

I would not recommend this stuff for fiberglass pools. Probably fine for concrete.

The stuff will come off with an 80 grit grinder and alot of patience.
 

StLDave

New member
Oct 20, 2018
4
Fenton/MO
Update as of today, I must tell you my installation contractor did a great job on this. They did put down a third coat, adjusted the texture for me, and all is looking good as the pool fills up. If not for the initial problems, I probably would have had a better feeling about this from the beginning. Will let you know about it in the spring.

Now if we can just agree to that final price.....
 

STLPool2017

Bronze Supporter
Aug 22, 2017
71
Saint Louis, Missouri
My update to the "EcoFinish Pool wall questions" thread may have to be put on a new thread since I didn't know that there had to be activity within 60 days.

Anyway,. It has been 2 plus years without a pool because of the VERY poor attempted install of the AB product by the main pool contractor and the "trained & authorized AB installer" that was the sub-contractor to this debacle.

I have a lawyer now involved........and I think I have another process (and new contractors) to UNDO and then FIX the fiasco that I was left with. Stay tune!

The install problems are many and I have you can search for "EcoFinish Pool wall questions" to see pictures of the problems. If you can't find that thread let me know and I can do a highlights posting and then give you when I am going from here in the spring of 2019.20181023_145027.jpg
 

zea3

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Jul 10, 2009
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Houston, Texas
You can update your own thread and make it active again. The message is intended to cut down on people hijacking old abandon threads.
 

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Texas Splash

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Glad to hear you have some legal support now. Shame the whole experience has been so negative. Hopefully your new contractor will change all that for you. You'll notice I merged your threads so that now everything is back together again. :) Good luck!
 

Waterfan

Bronze Supporter
Apr 30, 2018
59
Chattanooga, TN
For what its worth - you are not alone. We have also terminated our EcoFinish installer on our new (15 months and counting) gunite pool build and have called EcoFinish to see if they can send another installer, but they are not that great at responding. Our installer did have an EcoFinish rep out here at one point so that is not very reassuring. We may have a new pool builder knock it down and just go the traditional plaster route. Our EcoFinish looks like a wrinkled up old liner and is patchy and just plain ugly. At this point, I would not recommend it to anyone, especially if the Company does not stand behind their installers. I wish you the best of luck.
 

STLPool2017

Bronze Supporter
Aug 22, 2017
71
Saint Louis, Missouri
I feel you pain. Getting NOTHING from the Pool contractor and the lawsuit is being filled any day now.

Hopefully the weather will get better soon and the new contractors that will be UNDOING everything that the EcoFinish contractors did so that I can go back to a fiberglass / gunite pool. Once that process starts I will post pictures of how successful that reversal process is......stay tune!
 
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