Split Drain vs. Channel Drain
We are having our pool (built sometime in the 70's) replastered (sandblasted with bond coat). It is approx 22K gal freeform pool, white plaster, 9 - 10 foot deep end.
I have 2 attractive bids from 2 reputable pool guys. One says they prefer to do a split drain because "The channel drain looks odd. The rectangle shape at the bottom of a curved structure always look out of place. A channel drain works better in the floor of a spa..." The other says they prefer to do a channel drain because (as I understand it) a split drain requires 2 holes plus digging up gunite (or to the gunite?) in between for the pipe which then has to be patched causing a weak point, whereas the channel drain fits snugly. (Did I get that right?)
No price difference between the two drains. And either company will do either if I prefer, so this isn't a deal breaker for either. But I do want to be educated on this subject. Any thoughts on drains?