Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of popular pool finishes, including plaster, PebbleTec®, BeadCrete, and glass tiles when either building or remodeling their pool or spa. Explore the different options available to you below. However, it’s a good idea to talk with your pool or spa designer, before deciding on a pool finish.
Here are four of the most popular pool finishes:
Plaster is the most common, and least expensive, pool finish. Typically applied over concrete, plaster is made up of white cement, white marble aggregates and water. It can be dyed to complement different pool shapes and styles, surrounding materials, and landscapes. Plaster should last eight to twelve years before requiring re-plastering.
PebbleTec® is made of natural, polished pebbles that create a durable, slip-proof texture. There are sixteen color options to choose from. For a dazzling finish, you can also choose to add pool enhancements, such as shimmering sea or luminous to any PebbleTec® pool finish. Should last fifteen to twenty years with little maintenance.
BeadCrete is a pool finish that becomes iridescent under both natural and artificial LED lights. Available in a range of designer colors, this option is composed of solid glass beads, locked carefully into polymer-modified cements. This creates a unique three-dimensional effect. BeadCrete is stain resistant, long lasting, and low maintenance.
Glass Tile can add immense beauty to both swimming pools and spas. Available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and finishes, it can enhance any pool style. It is also the most durable of all finishes. Glass tiles can be installed in a pool’s waterline, steps and edges, water walls, sun shelf, and interior or on the outer walls of a raised spa.
Stone Tile is a popular choice for finishing natural swimming pool designs. Like glass tile, it is also available in a variety of shapes, colors, and finishes. Large stone tiles can be used on a patio or deck, while smaller stone tiles can be used in a pool’s waterline, steps and edges, and sun shelf. Stone provides a textured feel that is slip-resistant.
Note: Maintaining proper water chemistry is vital for ensuring longevity.