Uneven Pool & Tiling Question

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Picardo1

Uneven Pool & Tiling Question

Postby Picardo1 » Mon 18 Sep, 2017 11:03

I am in the process of having a pool installed and some aspects of the install have me concerned.

This is a 34' fiberglass pool. Once the concrete was poured, it became clear that the waterline is off by up to two inches from the lowest point to the highest. While this is not ideal, more concerning is how the concrete was poured to account for this. Basically, below the smoothed curve coping of the concrete pool, an additional 1.5 to 2inches of rough aggregate which was poured in order to ensure that the concrete deck was level. This 1.5-2 inches is present for probably 85% of the edging of the pool.

I've posted pictures at the links below:

http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l619/rreardon2001Ab/Wide%20View%203_zps7f6xpwbl.jpg

The pool installer says that that rough concrete and the lack of 'level-ness' will not be an issue because they will just tile over the concrete as well as the fiberglass. I question this only because I understood the tile to be installed directly on the fiberglass and not on the concrete. Additionally, it seems like the tile will not be laid on a flat surface (especially given the exposed aggregate). And I feel that you'd use a different adhesive on concrete as opposed to fiberglass.

I worry that they'll install the tile and it will look reasonable. But 6 months from now, they will all pop off.

Of course, I know nothing about pools or concrete or tiling. So, maybe I should just trust the experts. But, as a double-check, i thought I'd post here to get a third party perspective. Thanks so much for any advice!


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Re: Uneven Pool & Tiling Question

Postby sktn77a » Thu 23 Nov, 2017 18:49

It should be OK, but ask your builder about the type of adhesive that should be used on fiberglass vs cement. Irregularities in the surface will be filled by the adhesive. And you should have at least a 1 year warranty (ideally 5) against the tile popping off.

Not impressed with the fact that the buider couldnt get the pool better levelled than this!
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Re: Uneven Pool & Tiling Question

Postby Teapot » Fri 24 Nov, 2017 05:56

What a mess!
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Re: Uneven Pool & Tiling Question

Postby StephenH » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 02:05

sktn77a wrote:It should be OK, but ask your builder about the type of adhesive that should be used on fiberglass vs cement. Irregularities in the surface will be filled by the adhesive. And you should have at least a 1 year warranty (ideally 5) against the tile popping off.

Not impressed with the fact that the buider couldnt get the pool better levelled than this!


Isn't it there any other option that may cost a little bit more but can be a lifesaver in the long term?

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