I appreciate your thoughts. We are definitely leaning towards pavers at the moment because we really love the look. I don’t think any of the neighbors have done regular concrete either. On another note, I revised my design a little bit, to incorporate some semicircular benches as swim outs and wedding cake steps. I sent the revised design to the one PB I have a quote from and he is going to update it for me. Still no other quotes but I have two more meetings scheduled for next week. And, when one of my neighbors mentioned to one of the PB’s that another PB offered us a 5% discount if all three of us build with them, the other PB said they could probably do better than that! So things are moving along, but I’m eager to get some more quotes and see how much my adjustments will cost.Your thought process is good to weigh pros & cons of each. What works for someone in TX is different for you in FL because of soil conditions. It is best you try to determine what your neighbors have done and their results. Maybe you already did that. Go with your gut feeling and what looks good now and gives you peace of mind. Pools, lawns, decks - all require maintenance so just decide which type of deck you like and go with it. If it is done right, the pavers may not settle as much as you think or the concrete may not crack. So focus on how to ensure it is done right once you pick what you like.
For some of the more experienced on here, some PB are using NPT mini pebble and some are using Wet Edge. Is one significantly better than the other? Also, for a spa, is one jet per “seat” a good number?
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