10 year old pool needs resurfacing
My boyfriend and I just purchased a 23 year old home in North-Central Florida. Ten years ago a 40,000 gallon, kidney-shaped pool and a small spa were added to the home. I can't recall the other measurements of the pool at the moment, but I will try to find out for updates to this post. We learned during the home inspection that the pool is need of resurfacing pretty badly. He had a pool growing up and I have never had a pool, so we are learning as we go and any and all information will be greatly, whole-heartedly appreciated.
We've received 2 quotes for the resurfacing job. The first was for $4400 to re-marcite the pool. The second quote is for $5300, but this guy strongly suggested going with a Florida Gem exposed aggregate finish. The quote includes captiles and eyeballs for pool and spa as well as new main drain ring and grates (first guy didn't mention any of those items).
First, is exposed aggregate "better" than marcite? I've read both sides of the argument. Marcite is smoother; aggregate may be rough, but I'm unclear if this is just pebble aggregate or also a factor to consider with quartz aggregate finish. I've also read that newer marcite mixtures are not as "good" as older marcite and that new layers of marcite may not adhere as well. For this reason re-marciting is not recommended. Also, assuming proper chemical balance is maintained, is it truly more durable than marcite?
Second, we pretty much loathe the waterline tiles. They are a weird Mexican-inspired tile in a house that is more mid-century modern (kind of). We figured since the pool was being drained for the resurfacing that we could go ahead and switch out the tiles and so asked for a separate quote for that job. $2800!!! Granted, it has a $7/sq ft allowance for 6x6 tiles. However, the house is older and needs a few upgrades throughout. We don't want to sink all of our money into the pool. Is it conceivable to re-tile the waterline later on down the road, or would you recommend spending the money now while the pool is drained?
Thank you in advance. I have read through so many pages of these forums and everyone seems so knowledgeable and helpful.