Options for different Pool Finishes

There are many different ways to finish your pool: plaster, quartz or pebble. Learning the various advantages, costs and longevity of each surface will help you make the right choice for your project.

(STANDARD) White pool plaster

Typical pool plaster is a marble based mixture that has been installed since the mid 1900’s. It is a great surface for a great price which is why most pools have white plaster. The smooth, white plaster is composed of a combination of white cement and crushed marble for a solid and smooth quality finished surface. If you want a smooth and a natural look it’s hard to beat a traditional white plaster finish. White plaster has taken a bad beat because it has been around since the beginning of pools. It is a great surface; the average life in our area is easily 15 to 20 years for residential pools. Although we do have many pools that are over 20 years old with the original plaster finish. With white plaster when water is backfilled into your new pool the water appears to have a sky blue color and looks great. There are additives you can add to the plaster to give it a color finish.

Standard pool plaster does have a few potential negative aspects. Pool plaster is porous and could possibly harbor bacteria which can cause stains. The proper chemical balance needs to be kept up to avoid this issue. Unless experienced with pool care Greencare highly recommends a professional pool maintenance company. Keeping your pool maintained properly holds the keys to a long life expectancy for any newly applied pool plaster finishes.

(PEBBLE) Pool plaster Finish

Pebble pool finishes are the premier pool surface material available. This material has specifically prepared cement blended with pebble aggregates. The pebbles embody the entire surface of a spa or pool to imitate the look of riverbed or natural stream. Several colors are available to choose from and produce many different swirls of water colors for a beautiful finish. Pebble pool finish is the most bullet proof and stain resistant surface around. The additional cost on pebble surface can be weighed against the fact you will gain an additional 5 to 8 years out of this surface. The attractiveness of the look comes down to personal preference.

Some negative factors with Pebble are it is ruff on standard pool cleaners and it can cause irritation to skin. If all day is spent in the pool it can be quite ruff on skin. Another option is smooth pebble which won’t affect the skin.

The most exquisite pebbles and seashells are used from around the world to create pebble finishes.

(QUARTZ) Standard white pool Plaster

This is a plaster material where we add quartz to the plaster mixture. Here are some benefits of adding quartz: Quartz is a very strong hardened material. The reason this helps create a stronger pool shell is by adding quartz, now a large portion of your shell consists this strong, hardened non porous, stain resistant material quartz – so your pool is more stain resistant, more resilient and a more heavy-duty surface than plaster by itself.

Greencare only uses the highest quality in our quartz pools & spas. Here is a way to gage the difference in hardness. Quartz is rated at a (7) on the hardness scale compared to marble sand, which is what it replaces rated at a (3) a diamond is (10). Quartz costs about 50% more than traditional plaster. There are also additives you can add to the standard white quartz to give it a color finish as well.