A New Generation of Pool Finishes

Every swimming pool in the world is unique. However, they basically all work in the same manner. Swimming pools generally have a basin, a water filter, a motorized pump and chemical feeder. The pump circulates water keeping it filtered and clean of debris and other harmful contaminates. A clean swimming pool can add life to its working parts for many years. This is especially true for the pool’s interior finish.

Swimming pool finishes have undergone a large remodel in the recent decade. History has shown that most swimming pools were built with a plaster finish, but that trend has started to shift. Today, pool owners are leaning more toward aggregate pool finishes. 

Gunite pools allow you the most flexibility with your swimming pool finish. Many different types of pool finish brands are using this additive to their products to enhance the pool remodel end result, and therefore the customer satisfaction. Generally, pool plaster tends to erode over time. This causes the pool surface to cut, scrape, and scratch the skin. Studies have shown that a pool plaster finish typically will last between 5 and 10 years. This figure is all based on proper water chemistry and maintenance.  For pool owners that need to remodel their pool plaster, there are new innovations in pool finishes.

Aggregate pool finishes are becoming more popular as innovations in pool plaster come to the forefront. Today, aggregates have taken over the top spot from pool plaster as the most desirable pool finish option. Most pool owners have chosen to go with an aggregate pool finish because of its durability and aesthetics quality. Companies such as National Pool Tile®, WetEdge Technologies® and Pebble Technology® offer a wide array of different brands of pool finish. Aggregate pool finishes contain tiny pebble and stones to give the finish a earthy, rustic look. Pebble Tec® offers four different versions of an aggregate finish. This includes their flagship brand Pebble Tec® and glass alternative Beadcrete®. Pebble Tec ® is known as the original pebble pool finish. Wet Edge offers five different pool finish options for pool owners. WetEdge’s signature Primera Stone® is a premium pool finish offering the natural look of a pebble finish and the smoothness of a refined finish.

Exposed aggregate pool finishes incorporate stones, pebbles, and/or glass beads into the pool plaster to add resilience and aesthetic qualities.  Exposed aggregate pool finishes have been shown to have a lifespan of between 15 and 20 years. The aggregate finish lasts longer than typical pool plaster because of the way it reacts with pool chemicals. Aggregates do not break down nearly as fast as does the marble usually found in white pool plaster. NPT’s JewelScapes®, similar to Beadcrete®, captures the sparkle and brilliance of the world’s finest gems in a stunning, durable interior pool finish. Available in array of dazzling colors, JewelScapes® combines the beauty of smooth, colorful glass beads with the highest quality pigments and aggregates for a finish that’s beyond compare. For a more rustic feel, give your pool or hot tub the natural beauty of a pebble-bottomed stream with aStoneScapes® pool finish.  An inviting selection of colors and textures allow pool owners to express their unique style. StoneScapes®, like most of Pebble Tec® brands, combines artistry with durability and comfort to create the perfect finish for any pool or spa. The recent trend toward an aggregate pool finish over pool plaster will add life to any swimming pool.

National Pool Tile has combined pool plaster with a natural quartz additive that has been put in some new pool finishes.  A quartz pool finish will typically last between 7 and 12 years. NPT’s QuartzScapes® is one of the best quartz pool finishes on the market today. A premium blend of crushed quartz, white cement and mineral-based pigments, QuartzScapes® merges beauty and strength for a stunning pool finish. Quartz is an amazing additive to pool plaster to increase durability and beauty, but pool owners are trending more toward exposed aggregates.

In today’s economic situation customers are trying to get the most bang for their buck while staying trendy.  An exposed aggregate pool finish isn’t just the newest trend, but it is also strong enough to last generations. There are always problems that will arise over time. Your interior pool finish shouldn’t ever be a problem.  Welcome to the new generation of pool plaster with exposed aggregate pool finishes.