Are you in the process of choosing the right finish for your pool? Different finishes can give your pool drastically different looks. From an art deco style that pops while giving your pool a more classical feel to natural finishes that blend in with the surrounding environment, you can fashion your pool to whatever you’ve envisioned. All it takes is your imagination.
You can choose from various options, but they can all loosely be categorized into three different pool finishes: plaster, aggregate, and tile.
Plaster is the most common finish for pools and remains one of the most popular. As the least expensive option out of the three, it’s the simplest to apply and can last five to seven years before signs of damage appear.
White plaster remains one of the most popular finishes amongst all the new types since it gives you that smooth, classic pool feeling. However, there are also different colors. Different hues of plaster can reflect your pool water differently. For example, gray plaster can give your pool water a bluer tint.
Aggregate finishes are the best when you want to give your pool a more natural look since it primarily uses stone. This finish is becoming more popular because it’s resistant to chemicals and staining than plaster. And, even if there isn’t as much of a variety in colors, there are still many design choices. There are two options for aggregate finishes: polished and exposed.
Polished aggregate finishes, as you suspect, are smooth stone finishes. Usually using crushed colored stones like quartz, granite, or marble, this finish can last at least 12 to 20 years. The contractors hand-apply it with a trowel, polishing it until it’s smooth and the stone’s luster shines.
Exposed aggregate finishes usually have tiny river pebbles or glass beads mixed in the finish. Like with smooth aggregates, professionals will hand apply it to your pool. However, they’ll use a type of diluted acid to remove the top layer of concrete and expose the colored pebbles or beads underneath. These finishes usually give you better traction.
Tile finishes are the most versatile and the longest-lasting of the bunch. Technically, you won’t ever need to change out tile unless you get tired of the initial design. However, because of that, they tend to be the most expensive option.
This finish usually comes with ceramic, porcelain, glass, and stone options. Each option has its own selection of shapes, styles, colors, and sizes, so you virtually have everything you need to create your fantasy pool.
Of the four tile options, ceramic and porcelain are the least expensive and the most popular. You can include ornate patterns and mosaics on the tiles to give your pool a bold look. Stone tiles, like aggregate finishes, are great for giving your pool a natural look. While glass is the most resilient since it doesn’t erode or stain, all the while giving your pool a brighter look.
Asking the Professionals
There is a variance of options for you to choose from, almost too many, in fact. However, even if you can visualize it, you’d need someone to help you bring it to life. If you want help choosing the right finish for your pool, feel free to visit or call us at JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite.