Choosing a Pool Finish

green light accentsWhen it comes to remodeling or a new pool build, you have a few options to choose from for the finish or lining of your pool. Which one is best for you is largely a matter of preference but there are some differences you should note. Note that the main aspect of having a long lasting finish is properly maintaining your pool and it’s chemistry. Here are some aspects of difference finishes to consider.

Pool Plaster
Probably the most common and widely used finish for in-ground pools and spas is white plaster. Plaster is basically a combination of white cememt, white marble aggregate and water. White plaster will give your look that classic pool look but there are some color and texture option that have become available in recent years.

Aggregate Plaster
Normal plaster has evolved and certain aggregates and stones have been added to create a customized finish for your pool. This new approach allows pool owners to add color effects and different textures in their pool. On aggregate effect, pebble surfaces, have become extremely popular and come in a wide variety of colors to choose from. The great thing about aggregate finishes is they can give your pool a completely unique look. The richness of the color actually increases over time. It is also a long-lasting, durable finish that can keep your pool looking great for many years.

Pool Tile
Swimming pool tile is a great option if you are looking to employ different designs, color, and textures to the finish of your pool. New technologies, such as the automated Artaic tile creator, can help you create just about any mosaic or design that you can imagine. Pool tiling is especially popular because of its durability and low-maintenance. So tiling is a create option for anyone that wants to add creative designs to their pool design and have a finish that requires less maintenance that other pool finishes.

If you are in the market to have a new pool built, or simply want to remodel your older, out-dated pool, give the folks at Platinum Pools a call. We can help you with any question you may have regarding new pools or pool remodels.

California Sting Nabs Illegal Contractors

When you are shopping for pool repair or installation, beware!

Nearly 80 contractors, including pool contractors, were charged with operating without a license in a sting conducted in California recently. Undercover agents posed as homeowners needing repairs or installations for their homes. In addition to being charged with operating without a license, some of the contractors may be charged with illegal advertising, as well as fined for charging excessive up-front fees for the contracted work. Offenders could be facing up to six months in jail and $5000 fine.

When it comes to the pool construction industry, there are several types of certifications that pool contractors can obtain to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism.

Platinum Pools and Spas is proud to be a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), which requires its members to maintain strict professional standards in terms of quality, service and craftsmanship. Membership in these organizations must be earned and shows Platinum Pools and Spas’ commitment to the highest levels of professionalism in the pool industry.

The APSP requires that the pool builder adhere to strict ethical standards and have a commitment to the highest standards of workmanship and construction, business stability, and superior customer relations. This designation is held by an elite group of pool and spa builders in the country who have met all of the program requirements.

If you need a reliable, legal, and professional contractor to work on your pool, call Platinum Pools today! (480) 888-9200 – East Valley and (623) 847-9200 – West Valley

Water inside pool… Good. Water under pool… Bad.

Lifted Pool
Spring is almost here and many Arizonans are excited for the warm weather. For many of us, this includes shorts, flip flops, sunscreen and most importantly, a swimming pool. Residents begin preparing their pools for our long and hot seasons and for those without a pool, a friend with a pool is a friend indeed! As we prepare here in the West, the Midwest prepares to continue fighting their cold winter storms.

For many residents in a small town named Leslie, located in Georgia, their main issue has been the heavy rain. Many flood warnings have been issued for the last several days and the weather is just beginning to clear up. Unfortunately, for one pool, the heavy rain had finally taken its toll. The 20 feet by 60 feet fully concrete pool, had managed to be lifted from the ground. Half of the pool is dislodged, while the brick around it is cracked and broken. As heavy as the concrete pool may seem, the power of the heavy rain was enough to raise the pool from the surface! The homeowners could not believe that rain could do such a thing.

While doubtful we will have the issue of too much rain in Arizona, it’s still a good idea to check your pumps and pool equipment regularly. If you have any issues or are considering upgrading your pool, please contact the professionals at Platinum Pools today.