Poured Concrete Coping/Problems

Sstone

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Sep 7, 2020
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Oklahoma City
We are in the final stages of having our pool built. Seeing how this is my first pool and doing minimal research, I’m not surprised that some things didn’t turn out as expected. Thus the reason I’m here. We opted to have poured concrete coping after looking at 100’s of photo’s of various pools on Houzz. After the coping was poured and didn’t look as we expected, we realized that our expectations weren’t realisitc because the majority of what we had seen and liked was precast. What has been poured appears to be a bit dirty, the edges aren’t as smooth as we would like and is chipped in various places. I’m looking for a some guidance in regard to what has been poured, and what my options are now.

1. Is this how coping should look after it’s poured and does this look like good work?
2. Is there a way to sand/buff the concrete that will give it a cleaner look? If so, what tools/type of company should I have do this work?
3. Should the expansion joints be filled in with caulk or some other filler
4. Would sealing the concrete improve the appearance.
5. Is the chipping around the expansion joints and the cracking normal?


Thanks in advance for your advice/feedback.
 

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kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
That is not the worst pour job I have seen. There is one currently here that is a LOT worse :(

The "dirty" part should clean up with some bleach,

The chips are normal if the installers are not as skilled as they need to be in knowing when to change their blade and take their time :(

You do not need to fill in the joints. If you do so be ready to redo it down the road as needed from dirt and the elements. Me? I would NOT fill them in. I would just just a hose jet spray every once in a while to get stuff out of them

Now I want you to google "Polished concrete" and see what you find. It is a process that adds quite a shine to it. The only thing I worry about with it is how slippery it might be. I would ask to feel some and put some water on it to see just how slippery it is in real life. I have many companies in my area (was very surprised) so hope you do as well.
 

Sstone

New member
Sep 7, 2020
3
Oklahoma City
That is not the worst pour job I have seen. There is one currently here that is a LOT worse :(

The "dirty" part should clean up with some bleach,

The chips are normal if the installers are not as skilled as they need to be in knowing when to change their blade and take their time :(

You do not need to fill in the joints. If you do so be ready to redo it down the road as needed from dirt and the elements. Me? I would NOT fill them in. I would just just a hose jet spray every once in a while to get stuff out of them

Now I want you to google "Polished concrete" and see what you find. It is a process that adds quite a shine to it. The only thing I worry about with it is how slippery it might be. I would ask to feel some and put some water on it to see just how slippery it is in real life. I have many companies in my area (was very surprised) so hope you do as well.
Kim. Thank you for the feedback. That is a little reassuring knowing there are worse jobs out there. I had a feeling that a little clean up would go a long way in regards to the finished product.
 

sktn77a

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May 16, 2010
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Chapel Hill, NC
The dirt will wash off. The chipping is fairly common (a dull blade and/or inexperienced operator can cause this) - not much you can do about it.

I would not be happy with those cracked sections in the last two images....................