Hello from Tampa... building a new pool

fp22

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Apr 14, 2019
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Tampa
Hi everyone!!

I have been reading on TFP for the past month or so as we are finalizing the details of our pool and lanai. This will be the second pool I have contracted to build and I am very excited as I believe this will be the last pool I will build and really want to get it right. My first pool build (15 years ago) had a very tight budget and was not the dream pool I wanted but was a very nice pool none the less. It was a lighter color marcite that was easy to see the young kids swim in and everyone loved. Kids are grown now so I'm considering the darker pool of my dreams.

When I was younger I had a job cleaning pools (ages 17-20) where I got to take care of some seriously fancy pools. I believe this is why I have always had a dream pool in mind and I'm hoping this build will come close to that. So one of my favorite pools was a dark black lagoon like pool. It was around 1990 so not sure if it was Pebble Tec or something similar but it was certainly pebble aggregate. What I really liked about this pool was it was like a swimming hole as it was a compact size pool.

Our pool will be set inside a bronze pool screen cage with a pond in the background. Vegetation will be mostly lower plants with a Red Maple 15' away and some giant Live Oaks full of spanish moss about 40-50' away. Main pool will be 10' x 26' not counting the steps, spa and sun shelf.

My first choice on pool color was Black Pearl (Pebble Tec) or Black Onyx (Pebble Sheen). My PB asked me to consider Tahoe Blue (Pebble Tec) or Blue Granite/French Gray (Pebble Sheen) as they will be lower cost and lower maintenance due to less issues with calcium scale with dark pools.

I do like Blue Granite and Tahoe Blue a lot too so I am considering this choice. Will I have a harder time with calcium scale in Florida than the pool in NJ? I trust my PB's opinion a lot and who doesn't like to save money. I know there are a lot of discussions online on what color pool is best. I would love to hear from those that went one way or the other. My PB personally prefers Pebble Tec because he likes the big pebbles but I'm open to both. I have been slightly leaning towards the sheen after reading others online. So, anyone decide between Black Onyx and Blue Granite/French Gray????

Thanks for reading!!!
FP

I'll start a thread for the pool build after they start. Pool dig starts middle of May 2019
 
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kimkats

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Hi and THANKS! I need a new pool to help build!!! AND you are in FLORIDA :party:

I will tell you I LOVE the darker plasters BUT it is SO important your installers are top, tippy toe top shelf installers. A dark plaster can show every little swirl mark and tend to show mottling more.

The claim of "have a harder time with calcium scale in FL" is not true. It all depends on how well YOU care for your pool in making sure the water gets and stays well balanced. I invite you to read this: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry - Trouble Free Pool Then look in my siggy for the recommend levels and chemicals.

I also have a set of links I put together that all talk about what to do BEFORE the plaster goes in to make sure your plaster job is the best it can be:
Ten Guidelines for Quality Pool Plaster Best one of all
Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools How to pick a good color for plaster.
All Plaster Finishes Should Last 20 Years
Trouble Free Pool
Trouble Free Pool

I am hoping this info will give you food for thought and things to talk to your PB about.

Kim:kim:
 
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fp22

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Apr 14, 2019
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Kim,

Thanks for the info and links... I will be doing some reading. When using a brand specific I was under the impression the PB would be obligated to use a precise plaster to get the advertised look of the color you choose, i.e. "French Gray." I will have to ask more questions as this will be my first PebbleTec pool.

FP

Hi and THANKS! I need a new pool to help build!!! AND you are in FLORIDA :party:

I will tell you I LOVE the darker plasters BUT it is SO important your installers are top, tippy toe top shelf installers. A dark plaster can show every little swirl mark and tend to show mottling more.

The claim of "have a harder time with calcium scale in FL" is not true. It all depends on how well YOU care for your pool in making sure the water gets and stays well balanced. I invite you to read this: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry - Trouble Free Pool Then look in my siggy for the recommend levels and chemicals.

I also have a set of links I put together that all talk about what to do BEFORE the plaster goes in to make sure your plaster job is the best it can be:
Ten Guidelines for Quality Pool Plaster Best one of all
Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools How to pick a good color for plaster.
All Plaster Finishes Should Last 20 Years
Trouble Free Pool
Trouble Free Pool

I am hoping this info will give you food for thought and things to talk to your PB about.

Kim:kim:
 
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kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
Each "brand" has their own color names. Most of them are very close in color so it is all good. Find the color you like then see what that company calls it!

Kim:kim:
 

fp22

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Apr 14, 2019
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Thanks, I have read through those links and really want to know my pool well so I think mastering the pool chemicals is worth it to keep the darker pool I want. So, the pool color is still in discussion mode :) Having a warmer pool is also very important so another reason I'm leaning to the darker pool but the more I think about the more modern rectangle shape I really am not creating a lagoon water hole so I have some more things to think about with pool bottom color. Luckily I do love all the colors for different reasons.


Hi and THANKS! I need a new pool to help build!!! AND you are in FLORIDA :party:

I will tell you I LOVE the darker plasters BUT it is SO important your installers are top, tippy toe top shelf installers. A dark plaster can show every little swirl mark and tend to show mottling more.

The claim of "have a harder time with calcium scale in FL" is not true. It all depends on how well YOU care for your pool in making sure the water gets and stays well balanced. I invite you to read this: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry - Trouble Free Pool Then look in my siggy for the recommend levels and chemicals.

I also have a set of links I put together that all talk about what to do BEFORE the plaster goes in to make sure your plaster job is the best it can be:
Ten Guidelines for Quality Pool Plaster Best one of all
Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools How to pick a good color for plaster.
All Plaster Finishes Should Last 20 Years
Trouble Free Pool
Trouble Free Pool

I am hoping this info will give you food for thought and things to talk to your PB about.

Kim:kim:
 
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