Inground Pool Project in MA_ pavers or stamped concrete?


Gold Supporter
Jul 8, 2015
Houston TX
The problem with stamped concrete in MA is they only make two types. 1) Cracked concrete 2) Concrete that will crack. .

In all m years of researching pavers, this is the first time I have heard of electrical shock factor. I am very familiar with the sticker shock associated with travertine pavers though :)

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Thanks for the comments....looks like I will be sticking with the SWG :)

Its not very difficult to add the salt cell later on also. Even if it is not plumbed for one.

I ditched the Ozone / UV too and PB was not surprised at all. He did not even try to fight me on that....


LifeTime Supporter
Apr 27, 2013
Central Massachusetts
A coworker of mine is installing a pool and got a proposal for stamped concrete that has many more cuts in it than a traditional stamped install with straight cuts at regular intervals. The stamped pattern has large non-square polygon "stones" and they put cuts around each of these stones. Its more work and more expensive, but supposedly you don't get any cracks except along the cuts (between the stones). Not sure the irregular pattern would have looked good around my rectangular pool, but for free for pools it seems like an interesting option.


Well-known member
Nov 8, 2015
Boston, MA
We are getting pavers put in within next few weeks. $14 a sq foot ouch. I know I can do this job for at least half the cost but it's so labor intensive I just want it done.


Silver Supporter
Feb 17, 2015
Dallas TX
John T, does the "shock" factor apply to real stone (i.e., travertine) pavers too? We have an old existing pool and were toying with the idea of removing the existing 25 year old concrete decking (that had an overlay done about 12 years ago) and replacing with travertine pavers (which will hopefully be a little cooler).