There are an estimated 10.4 million residential pools in the United States. Texas is ranked as one of the states with the highest number of swimming pools.
It makes sense as the weather tends to stay fairly warm all year round.
Whether you’re considering adding a pool to your home or you’re just ready for an upgrade, what interior finish you choose to use for your pool surface will make a big difference in how your pool looks.
We think people make better decisions when they are given the right facts first. With that in mind, we’ve created this simple guide to the most popular types of pool finishes.
Nine Types of Pool Finishes
There are currently nine types of pool resurfacing options that people can choose from. While not every company offers each type or resurfacing option, it’s worth taking a look at each one.
One way to determine which of these nine pool surfaces will look best is to match it with the look of your home. If you have a modern looking home, choosing a pool surface that reflects that same look makes sense.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the various pool surfaces available.
Plaster has been used in pool surfaces since the 1960s. The surface of pool plaster is hard, yet smooth and looks white in color. The result is a pool that looks bright and clean and gives your pool the appearance of light blue. It’s also the most affordable option.
Pool plaster is made from a mixture of cement and a white marble aggregate. Pool plaster lasts between five and 10 years.
However, the surface is porous which can show stains more easily. And while it can handle high chemical usage, it also requires a bit more care than most other types of pool finishes.
If the price is your main concern then a quartzite pool finish may not be the best choice for you as it’s on the high-end of pool finishes. But if appearance is your main goal then a quartzite pool finish is definitely worth considering.
You’ll find quartz gives you a beautiful and long-lasting color. You’ll find it almost looks as though your pool is shimmering as the finish refracts and reflects the light.
And your feet and bathing suits won’t take as much of a beating. It’s also easier to clean than some other types of finishes.
If you choose to use a two-pack epoxy paint, you can choose from a variety of colors. You’ll also find paint leaves you with a smooth coating.
But paint has the shortest life expectancy as it only lasts for a year or two.
While glass beading is new to the market as a pool surface option, they do provide a great finish for your pool. Glass beads come in a variety of colors, are durable, and give off brilliant light.
If you like the look of quartz but it’s not in your budget, you can achieve a very similar look using vinyl. These liners can give you the look of a pebble, granite, and even sandstone.
You can choose from a variety of mosaic tiles. It’s a great way to achieve a natural look without blowing through your budget.
Tiles are typically made from porcelain, stone, glass or a mixture of these three types. As far as long lasting pool resurfacing options go, tile is the best and it’s one of the easiest to keep clean.
Of all three materials, porcelain is the least expensive and glass is the most expensive but the most durable. However, be aware that tiles can chip or crack.
Exposed aggregate is a great choice for pool surfaces as it’s a beautiful and natural product. It also won’t deteriorate like other options like plaster will.
While they’re a bit more expensive, you can use them above water for pools featuring shallow beach entries or tanning shelves. And since they’re so durable, pools with an exposed aggregate surface are a good investment.
Pebble pool surfaces are made with specially formulated cement that contains small pebbles and stones. The result is a natural looking pool.
They come in a range of different colors but the texture is rougher than a plaster or quartz finish. Sensitive feet and automatic pool cleaners may find a pebble surface a challenge.
Pebble is more expensive than plaster but more durable as well. It’s also highly stain-resistant and usually will last you between 15 and 20 years.
Eco-finish may be one of the best pool resurfacing options available. The reason is that it eliminates the problems that paint and plaster present.
Eco-finish is also durable and resistant to peeling, chipping, and scratching. And it’s also eco-friendly. You’ll find you can greatly reduce the number of chemicals usually required to balance your pool’s pH.
That means reducing your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals like chlorine to you and your family.
You’ll also be doing the environment a huge favor as eco-finish reduces the number of fossil fuels used since no one will have to mind, transport, or apply plaster to your pool. It also cures in seconds, making it an easy and simple resurfacing job.
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We’re committed to providing the best customer service to each client we work with. But don’t take our word for it, let our customers do the talking for us.
When you work with us, we’ll talk you through the various types of pool finishes we offer and help you choose the one that works with your budget while giving you the look and feel you want to achieve.
Whether you’re ready to resurface an existing pool or you are looking to get a new pool installed, look no further than us. Click here to get started.