Once you’ve decided to add that dream pool, the next step is to figure out the interior finish. A finish that matches home decor and poolscape can elevate the pool to a whole new level. There are many types of pool finishes to choose from, including plaster, aggregate finishes, and tile, and each type comes in an array of materials, colors, and textures. Check out our pools to see Different Types Of Pool Finishes.
Design aesthetics is defined by the finish and we understand that. Our goal is to show you what is available, match your desired expression to a pool style & finish, and then build it to the plan.
Plaster Pool Finishes
Traditional white pool finish. Plaster is the oldest and most common pool surface finish. It is a simple mixture of water, Portland cement, and either marble dust or silica sand.
Plaster gives a pool that smooth, classic appearance and is still very popular, likely because it is the most affordable option. This finish typically lasts five to seven years before visible etching or chipping
There are options with plaster. Mixing it with colored pigments or dyes can create dimension and drama. The most common would be medium grey as it creates an ocean blue color and darker plaster colors create depth and enhance reflective qualities i.e. the look of a lake or a pond is obtained with this type of plaster pigmenting.
Aggregate Pool Finishes
Aggregate pool finishes are the new generation of plaster pool surfaces. They consist of white or colored plaster mixed with small pieces of quartz, granite, river stones, or glass beads. Aggregates come in two forms: polished and exposed.
The one-of-a-kind look is endless with aggregate finishes. They are desirable due to their luxurious appearance and come with additional resistance to chemicals and staining, compared to traditional plaster finishes.
Polished aggregate finishes sport fine crushings of stones, such as quartz, granite, or marble. These speckled finishes give the pool finish a decorative sheen and extend the life of the plaster to 12 to 20 years.
Exposed aggregate finishes contain tiny river pebbles or glass beads. The finish is power washed with a mixture of water and muriatic acid to remove the top layer of concrete and expose the colored pebbles or glass beads within. This finish adds traction to the pool surface.
Tile Pool Finishes
One of the most durable pool finishes and has endless design possibilities. When tiles are applied waterlines, floors, and steps it creates unmatched accenting; often clients will accent the entire pool in tile. Tile is the most expensive type of pool finish and takes longer to install than plaster and aggregate finishes, it is the longest lasting pool surface. If taken care of tile won’t need to be replaced but if they need to be, replacement is typically isolated. Tile types include ceramic, porcelain, glass, and stone. Each of these stone types comes with different pros and cons, size, shape, color, and permeability variations. Each creates a unique elegance, mood, and beauty to a poolscape. Learn more about our pools.