Ultimate Guide to Pool Finishes
Swimming pools have become incredibly customizable over the years, allowing homeowners and businesses alike to install a pool that represents their style best.
The easiest way to customize a pool and create exactly the experience you are striving for, is by carefully selecting the finish of your pool bottom before filling it with water.
Depending on how much maintenance you can afford, and what style you’re going for, there are many options available to choose from.
Types of Finishes
The most traditional finish is the plaster finish, most commonly white in color. While white plaster, or marcite, has always been most economical, it also requires the most maintenance of all the finishes.
Because of its white, porous surface, it easily absorbs stains and promotes the growth of algae. Other colors, however, can give the pool an entirely different feel for the same economical value.
It also only lasts from 8 to 12 years, requiring a re-plastering quite regularly.
For those looking for a more durable option, an aggregate finish may be the best option. This type of finish is made of traditional plaster, combined with small pebbles and stones.
It is also incredibly durable, withstanding the chemicals of pool maintenance, and general wear and tear better than other finishes. There are two options for this finish:
For a polished finish, the aggregate mixture is carefully applied to the surface and then polished to expose the more luminous parts of the actual aggregate.
This also leaves the surface smooth for years to come, lasting from 12-20 years.
Exposed aggregate is the same material as polished aggregate, but is power washed with water and muriatic acid in order to remove the top layers. This process reveals the beautiful material, while leaving the surface texture rough for a more rustic look.
A pebble surface is a great option for its durability, and also its beautiful, rustic appearance. The pebbles are extremely durable and require very little maintenance in comparison to other finishes. Though the initial cost can be relatively high, it is a worthwhile investment for the years to come.
For a more luxurious aggregate finish, many pool owners opt for a glass bead surface. The glass beads reflect the sunlight in a beautifully luminous way, shifting colors throughout different parts of the day.
Though the resulting shimmery effect is an enviable look, it requires quite a bit of maintenance and is thus a bigger investment to consider.
Tile is one of the most durable materials that can be used in a pool surface. Add to that the endless design possibilities, and it is understandably one of the more worthy investments for pool design.
As a result, it is significantly more expensive than plaster and aggregate finishes, but even with minimal maintenance, they should never need to be replaced.
Here are the different types of tile you can choose from:
Glass has become quite popular due to its durability and ability to reflect light. It is non-porous, unlike many other materials used in pool surfaces, so it resists stains and erosions much better than the other surfaces.
For a more natural look, many opt for stone tile like granite, marble or limestone. These materials are quite durable and also give the pool a more natural mystical look.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
The most popular of the tiles are ceramic and porcelain because they are the least expensive yet still lend to many different style options. Because you can choose to cover your entire surface with a single tile design, cover the floor in a mosaic, or line the ridge with a brilliantly colored porcelain tile, this option has grown in popularity through the years.
While there are so many options to choose from in regards to your pool surface, it can really be broken down into what is most important to you: best price, most durable, and most stylish.
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