Pool remodel in San Diego - user info on glass tile and Travertine coping for salt water pool


New member
Jan 28, 2020
San Diego
New member here - spent a ton of time searching the files and am looking for some real user information on glass tile and travertine coping (salt water pool) as we research materials.

Background - pool is 15 year old white plaster free form pool that needs a new finish. We currently have porcelain tile and template 5cm concrete coping (reefstone) I've never really liked the coping as the original PB (now out of biz) told us not to seal it (what a mistake that was) so it got stained etc before we did finally seal it. We also have some non structural hairline cracks that are prominent on the raised hot tub. So long story, we are going to change out the coping, tile and replaster for a face lift. Not to divert the conversation but we will also be moving within the next 3 to 4 years so while want something fresh and new, we want to spend the money wisely Ie: enjoy the pool and outdoor entertaining for the next few years, increase the resell value and install something that the next owner will enjoy. We are not on a budget but do want to be mindful of the money in vs. money out at sale time.

Pool chemistry is good although our area has a terrible problem with water hardness and calcium build up no matter how perfect the chemistry. We are thinking of installing travertine 5cm coping and I am looking at glass tile in the same ivory tone as the coping to keep things simple, mono chromatic and to reflect the blue of the pool. Going to do simple white plaster again.

Question: Has anyone with hard water issues had success with glass tile looking good after 4 to 5 years?

I think I know the answer from reading the forum but I am asking here to get your opinions as the info from the quotes I've gotten are widely varying.

Question: Thoughts on travertine coping looking clean and nice after 5 years on a San Diego salt water pool?

I don't want to pay up to replace the coping if the new travertine won't hold it's luster/clean lines. I would just clean and reseal the coping I have now but I would prefer to replace if I can do things to keep the travertine coping looking good.

Thanks for the candid input and wish I had found y'all sooner.


TFP Expert
Platinum Supporter
May 23, 2015
Tucson, AZ
Just my opinion here ....

I really wouldn’t put the money into it if you’re moving in the next 5 years. You might never recoup the financial investment and a future buyer may hate the aesthetic choices you make and want to rip it all out anyway.

If the pool is structurally sound and the equipment is working then I say just live with what you have and let the next owner deal with the renovation.