POOL FINISHES AND MATERIALS 101
Deciding on a pool finish is the first and most significant decision you will make because it greatly determines the longevity of your pool, the maintenance required, and it also impacts the final look of the project.
There are three main types of pool finishes to choose from: plaster, quartz, and pebble. Many builders will offer plaster or quartz as their standard option, with pebble being considered an upgrade. However, if you are looking for the most durable and long-lasting pool finish, then pebble is the way to go.
The color surface of your pool plaster can dramatically alter the look of your pool. In its purest form, the standard pool plaster is basically just white portland cement. By adding various dyes/colorants, like quartz for example, you can change the plaster to any color you wish. Changing the plaster’s color changes the tint of the water. This will make all the difference if you want your pool to have a tropical feel, a lake feel, or a lagoon feel.
Quartz is very durable and easier to maintain than others. The quartz mixture, which is typically added to plaster, is molded with tiny three-dimensional pieces into the aggregates that makes quartz stronger. Stains in your pool could be not only an eyesore but also a hassle to remove; stains are one of the most common issues when it comes to pool plaster. With regular plaster, stains tend to arise more often since the pores are larger and more susceptible to staining. However, with quartz being having aggregate throughout the surface, chemical and organic matter staining are less likely to exist.
Pebble Technology International® (PTI), the originator of the aggregate pool finish, proudly offers four distinct textures of Superior Quality Pool Finishes. PebbleTec®, PebbleSheen®, PebbleFina®, and PebbleBrilliance™ offer a wide variety of visually stunning, nature-inspired colors that blend beautifully into any outdoor environment. This pool finish delivers enduring elegance and durability. It is a perfect choice for those desiring a more natural environment for their pool and spa.
Tile adds a finishing touch to your swimming pool, but it actually does more than add decorative flair to your backyard. Because it’s durable, water resistant, and easy to clean, tile helps protect your pool from waterline staining and mineral buildup. Create a dazzling focal point in your outdoor living space with iridescent glass, captivating mosaic, rustic stone-look or other fabulous pool tile. From stunning glass, to subtle earth tones; from a simple waterline, to a raised spa wall, your tile is a focal point of your poolscape.
When it comes to choosing tiles and claddings, it's hard to match the beauty and timelessness of natural stone. Unlike synthetic stone, this product is virtually maintenance free. Architectural stone veneer can be used to greatly enhance the look and feel of a project. Create a dazzling focal point in your outdoor living space with a rustic stone-look.
You can add function and design to your backyard with different types of decking like concrete with a spray deck coating, pavers, travertine, and porcelain pavers.