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Old 08-01-2006, 09:13 PM
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It is a water topic, although not necessarily boating. I am curious if fiberglass or gunnite has better customer satisfaction overall. I have heard many comments form the salepeople about cleaning issues, durability, etc. but I would rather hear from pool owners for I am about to drop a considerable amount for a pool and would like to know more. Its in the Charleston area and the ground is solid clay.
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I have an in ground pool. I believe it was built in the 50s. It was re-finished with Diamond Brite about five years ago and looks great. I don't know much about the fiberglass pools, though I would think that over time the sun and clorine would beat up the gel coat.

If you go with a gunnite pool make sure you get Diamond Brite. It lasts longer and does not stain as easy. The pool in my last house looked like crap because it was Marcite. Marcite can look nice but it takes more care, every little spot shows up on it. Just like your white boat.
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Thanks for the tip on the Diamond Brite. I used to have a similar Scarab with twin Johnson that the factory in Waukegan couldnt even fix. Hope your rudes are better.
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The boat used to have the original Evinrude 200s that came with the boat in 1994. They ran very strong but used a lot of gas. These new Evinrudes run super nice and burn a lot less fuel. I could not be more happy with them.

What year Scarab did you have?
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What have you heard which is better cement diamond brite here and with the chlorine dispenser and pool shark cleaner its basically maintence free.
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The wife wants one.I did some research into fiberglass pools.What I found is that they do have problems cracking in and around suction and discharge points.Good side is that they don't suck up chemicals like gunite pools.Back to the fiberglass.Sun and chemicals do fade the gelcoat over time,but you can paint them too!Another problem is water table in your area.You must keep them full at all times or they will pop up if the water table is high.Cost wise,gunite would be the way to go over a life time.Now if I just can keep my wife from wanting a dam pool I will be able to buy my next new boat sooner!
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Worked with a pool contractor as a sideline, gunnite-gunnite-gunnite-gunnite. It was and still is the end all be all. If you notice when talking to sales people they will all compare thier product to gunnite or use a phrase such as "as good as gunnite".

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My company plasters over 1500 pools a year. Go with a gunite or shotcrete pool. As far as the finish goes, Diamond Brite is an upscaled marcite. Go with Pebble Tec, or the new Pebble sheen finish. There is imitations of the aggregate finish, but finding somebody expierenced to do the peebble surface is what your looking for. I cant tell you how many fiber tech pools we redo, and the cost is more cause of whats involved to prep them. And as far as painting anything that is underwater will not hold up under water chemistery. Good Luck
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I have a marcite surfaced pool, easy maintenance with the Baracuda and proper balance of chemicals.
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I have a gunnite pool. We had it built about 5 years ago. Its finish is Pebble Tec. The whole thing took 8-9 days. We had looked at fiberglass, but I did not want to take the chance of cracking. We plan to live here another 20 years. Our pool guy had showed us the many plans they can build once they had measured out the yard. Day 1 was the major digging, now heres the cool part. I wanted the pool somewhat larger, no problem. I took off work on day 2 and watched them dig for about 2 hours to modify the hole. Can't do that on a fiberglass pool. Some more digging here, some there and by noon they were done with the hole. I must say a gunnite pool is more $$$ than fiberglass and my hopes it will still be in good shape in 20 years. We paid around 40K. Which included a 3.5ft curtain around the pool and other landscaping. Size of the pool is about 38 x 20 ish.
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My pool is surfaced with fiberglass. The contractor was Fibre Tech Of South Florida/Jay Cohen,owner. The surface is deteriorating after six years of use. There are few contractors doing fiberglass surfaced pools in my part of the country ( South Florida ) and getting someone to do a re-surface is difficult. Thumbs down on fiberglass surfaced pool !!!
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well I have a fiberglass pool, it is 32 years old. looks almost new still...... one small crack...
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My neighbor had a fiberglass pool put in 3 years ago and has had many issues with cracks, has been a real nightmare for her. I have a pool put in 7 years ago with a Pebble Tec finish and the surface is as good as day one!

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c-mac, or anyone else, how small can you feasibly go with gunnite? I was on the verge of getting a small (8x16x5'6") fiberglass pool. Can you effectively build a small gunnite pool? All I want is a cold tub. It's tempting to get a dam above ground for 20% of the cost and 1/10th of the time to install. It's HOT here!
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Gunite for me, cleaner Polaris, Pool was built with house in 1989. One year + layed fallow when we were out of house thanks to Hurricane Andrew. Had it re-marcited in 1994. Still looks good, but not used as all 4 of my kids have moved on. Anyone want to go swimming?
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Everyone I know with an in-ground pool in my part of the country wishes they did NOT have it. The local realtors and appraisers will tell you the pool is a negative factor, not a positive, upon the sale of the house.
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Stretch, I have heard that before, but do you think that applies to homes in all price ranges. This will be about a 2mm home complete with covered dock and boat lift when finished. I see a lot of pools on HDTV homes in the upper price category. Either way I do believe I am going forward because its getting hotter every year.
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I can only speak for my area. Where I live, building a $2 mil home would be dumber than dumb because the resale market would be nonexistent. Someone near and dear to me had $1.3 mil in a magnificent home in THE prime location on the finest golf course within 80 miles and sold it for $700K after it being on the market for two solid years. If it had an inground pool, it would have brought even less.
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Shag,
You can build them as big or small as you want. I have a buddy that built a big spa, and did alot of the work himself, and saved a lot of money.

A lot of people say that there marcite is 20 years old and looks great, but dont realize EPA took out the aspestice(SP) and marcite now days just doesnt last. So they came out with Diamond Brite. Diamond Brite just doesnt have a consistancy in the color.Yes there are some good looking ones out there and depends on WHO does them right, and who is out to pump in 5-a day. See they sell all this material to who ever wants to buy it. You have to be a Liscenced Pebble Tec applicator to get there product. They just dont sell it to anybody. Brick Copping, Pavers and Pebble Tec, and you cant go wrong.
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I have 2 gunite pools 1 in SC, 1 in AZ. I just redid the AZ pool with Marcite after ~9 yrs - cost was $5k.
The SC pool needs refinishing, and when I was researching the AZ pool refinish I ran across a material made by 3M that I was impressed with. Is that what you're calling Diamond Brite? I didn't go with it due to cost, since I don't plan on having the AZ place much more than a year, but when I get back to SC, that pool will be a first priority.
Also, if you're going to a pebble finsh, use Pebble Sheen, and I think they have even one more finish that's even smoother. The pebble tec I found to be a rough finish - not easy on the feet.
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