New Fiberglass Build near Myrtle Beach

Retired084

Member
Jun 8, 2013
13
Myrtle Beach, SC
Hope that all are healthy and able to get the backyard pool in good shape for another season! Used to have a 16 x 32 vinyl in ground that my kids loved to spend the summer in. Fast forward a few years and find my family and I in a new home in the Myrtle Beach area and we decided to have a pool installed. Based on research done here and a few other sites decided that I wanted to go with a fiberglass pool (Latham) and a salt water chlorinator.

I don't think there's anything remarkable about the install but wanted to pose a few questions to the board. Will have a variable speed pump (.5-3hp) and a heating and cooling heat pump. Looking at having a paver patio done on one end and the typical cement surround done. I had a robotic cleaner in my first pool that was a great help but wondering if most fiberglass owners feel the need or does the reduced maintenance (claimed anyway) make it worth the investment?

I like the builder, has been in the business for a very long time and enjoys an excellent reputation in the community. I wanted to ask if using pre-cast 12" x 12" cement tiles is suitable in your opinion for the equipment pad or would you request a poured concrete pad? The soil here is sand. I like the idea of a cartridge filter so as not to have to back flush into the lake behind our home. One of the pool companies we had out to give us a quote mentioned a product that I wanted to get some feedback on. It is a pre-filter made by Waterco called a MultiCyclone 50. Found it on the web selling for about $285 and was told that it would substantially reduce the amount of cleaning needed for the filter. I like the idea of keeping as much junk out of the filter if there aren't any real downsides other than the cost.

Finally, was hoping to get some opinions or thoughts on the different spray on coatings available (Sundeck, Spray Deck, etc.) for the cement perimeter concrete. Wondering mostly which is considered a superior product or are they all about the same as far as durability and whatnot are concerned? I will be sure and post photos as it progresses and thanks in advance for your feedback!
 

Texas Splash

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Congrats on the new pool! For cleaning, I would still get a robot. FG installers "claim" they are maintenance free, but don't believe them,. The shell still needs weekly brushing and/or vacuuming. For the pad, I would have a good-sized concrete pad poured, but make sure the plumbing does NOT come-up through that concrete in case you have to work on it later. The pad should only be for the equipment to sit on. I also would not get that pre-filter. A simple skimmer sock (fine netting) in the poolside skimmer is what we all use and they work great. Cheap and disposable. I'll have to let others reply about the deck coating. Have a good weekend. :swim:
 

sktn77a

Gold Supporter
May 16, 2010
1,700
Chapel Hill, NC
You've been sold the "Kool-Aid" re: fiberglass pools being lower maintenance! Most important for the long term is water chemistry - get it wrong and the gelcoat becomes porous in places and blisters (look at fiberglass pool renovation pictures - all those spots that have been ground down). Get the robot and keep the pool nice and clean.
 

Jsdst12

New member
May 17, 2020
1
Murrells Inlet, SC
Hope that all are healthy and able to get the backyard pool in good shape for another season! Used to have a 16 x 32 vinyl in ground that my kids loved to spend the summer in. Fast forward a few years and find my family and I in a new home in the Myrtle Beach area and we decided to have a pool installed. Based on research done here and a few other sites decided that I wanted to go with a fiberglass pool (Latham) and a salt water chlorinator.

I don't think there's anything remarkable about the install but wanted to pose a few questions to the board. Will have a variable speed pump (.5-3hp) and a heating and cooling heat pump. Looking at having a paver patio done on one end and the typical cement surround done. I had a robotic cleaner in my first pool that was a great help but wondering if most fiberglass owners feel the need or does the reduced maintenance (claimed anyway) make it worth the investment?

I like the builder, has been in the business for a very long time and enjoys an excellent reputation in the community. I wanted to ask if using pre-cast 12" x 12" cement tiles is suitable in your opinion for the equipment pad or would you request a poured concrete pad? The soil here is sand. I like the idea of a cartridge filter so as not to have to back flush into the lake behind our home. One of the pool companies we had out to give us a quote mentioned a product that I wanted to get some feedback on. It is a pre-filter made by Waterco called a MultiCyclone 50. Found it on the web selling for about $285 and was told that it would substantially reduce the amount of cleaning needed for the filter. I like the idea of keeping as much junk out of the filter if there aren't any real downsides other than the cost.

Finally, was hoping to get some opinions or thoughts on the different spray on coatings available (Sundeck, Spray Deck, etc.) for the cement perimeter concrete. Wondering mostly which is considered a superior product or are they all about the same as far as durability and whatnot are concerned? I will be sure and post photos as it progresses and thanks in advance for your feedback!
Hi Retired!

I live in Murrells Inlet and we just signed our contract last week with Inlet Pools. Which builder did you decide to use? I had gotten several quotes and remember specifically one of the builders talking about a "pre-filter". It was the first I had heard of one and when I asked other builders two "rolled their eyes". I'm also interested in your coating question, so I'm going to lurk and watch out for replies!