Tiles coming off the coping - NJ Coping/Tile company recommendation too?

noturbizniss

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May 5, 2017
76
North Jersey
We are living in our house 2 years and before we moved in we had the pool inspected by a local company (Preferred Pool Inspections). The report said it is in good shape with some plaster fading away but coping all good shape. Only significant recommendation was to repair the sealant between the deck and coping which we did.

Over the last 2 summers the tiles have been slowly popping off the coping by the water line. I asked my pool guy and he said we will want to eventually repair that. I had a guy from Anthony & Sylvan come out and he said that the coping is starting to come loose causing the tiles to get pushed out. He walked around and banged the coping with a metal rod (some were hollow sounding, he said that’s a sign they are coming loose). He said that just replacing the tiles won’t do anything, we need to tear out the coping and replace it.

He also suggested we replaster the pool. He said it is a Sylvan pool, likely from the 80s made of shotcrete and wont crack.

Total cost was about 20k, 10k for each piece. Pool is 20x40 with a spa in one corner.

Does all this make sense?

Also looking for recommendations for other companies that could do any or all this work as 20k (or even 10k) is way out of our budget.
 

jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
2,188
NE/Pa
I would get other prices and to hear what other companies say but I would bet they will be the cheapest and if someone comes in lower I would wonder cause I know when I had them price my pool before I found my builder I couldn’t get over how much cheaper they were than everyone else.
 

noturbizniss

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May 5, 2017
76
North Jersey
So I just had a guy from another company (carribean blue, if anyone can comment on them I'd appreciate it!) come out and he said that replavong the coping woild end up witg ubeven parts due to tye settling of the deck. He saod that the coping may have water behind the tiles casuing them to come loose but it is still in the right place. He said they could retile it with waterproof sealant and reseat whatever coping stonea are loose with out needing to tear it all out.
Does this sound like a reasonable solution?
 

shanebo

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May 25, 2017
109
Southern NJ
Just from the title of your post I was gonna guess that it was an A&S pool ... for some reason a lot of A&S-built pools in NJ have problems with the tile popping off, loose coping, etc. At least four of our friends/neighbors have had this happen. You can do a piecemeal repair, but it might not be a permanent solution -- after replacing 5-10 tiles/year for the past 5 years, my across-the-street neighbors just had all their coping and tile replaced. Pool was about 12 years old. Good luck.
 

noturbizniss

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May 5, 2017
76
North Jersey
I have quite a few tiles that came off the but I'm hoping if we just replace all the tiles with waterproofing it won't be a major huge deal (as compared to also replacing the entire coping)
 

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