One of the most exciting decisions you will make when building a new swimming pool is what type of pool finishes to incorporate.

Pool finishes not only add color and texture to your pool, they protect the concrete from wear and can also help prevent water seepage.

Choosing a pool finish may seem overwhelming initially, due to the many options, colors, and styles. Below, we will offer you some guidance on different pool finish types, to help you narrow the field.

Plaster Pool Finishes

plaster pool finish

Plaster is a mix of cement, aggregate, and water. Plaster pool finishes can be mixed with the color of your choice and can provide an iconic yet simplistic appearance. A plaster pool finish is typically the least expensive option out of all pool finishes.

Plaster pool finishes can be rough to the touch and can scrape skin. Plaster is also algae-friendly, so additional pool maintenance may be required to keep algae at bay.

Plaster can crack, stain, and scale, especially if your water chemistry is not maintained at ideal levels.

Plaster is the least durable of the pool interior finishes available. It will need replacement in approximately 5-10 years.

Quartz Aggregate Pool Finishes

Esthetically pleasing, quartz pool finishes are a blend of plaster, silica, and quartz aggregate. The aggregate is mechanically tumbled to create rounded shapes embedded into the mix.

Quartz pool finishes have beautifully colored ceramic pigments bonded onto their surfaces, creating a dazzling effect.

Quartz has a high level of mineral hardness and is resistant to scratches or chipping. It is non-porous and stain-resistant. Quartz is resilient against varying chemical levels make it ideal for pool owners with hard water or persistent chemical fluctuations.

A quartz pool finish will generally last between 10 to 15 years.

Pebble Pool Finishes

Choosing a Swimming Pool Finish – The Best Pool Finishes 1 Pebble pool finishes are comprised of a mix of smooth pebbles, stone aggregate, and cement. This aggregate is collected from riverbeds and beaches.

Quality pebble surfaces offer a textured feel and are slip-resistant. However, if you prefer a smoother texture, mini pebble, which utilizes a smaller aggregate, can be the ideal option.

Pebble pool finishes have a natural appearance that blends well with outdoor entertainment elements such as stone fire pits and rock waterfalls. Pebble pool finishes are available in a spectrum of colors that can coordinate with your existing backyard theme.

This is the most durable of the pool finishes, as pebble can last over 25 years. Initial costs are higher than other pool finishes, but pebble finishes have a much longer lifespan.

Tile Pool Finishes

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Tile pool finishes are constructed of porcelain, stone, or glass. Tile is available in a wide variety of textures, and infinite colors. Due to the array of textures, colors, and styles, tile can be selected to coordinate with any surrounding landscape design.

Tile finishes are stain-resistant, and with proper pool maintenance, the easiest to clean. While tile is a durable choice, tile can chip or crack, which can create sharp edges, and can distract from your pool’s beauty.

The cost and longevity of tile pool finishes vary greatly, depending on the material chosen.

All the pool finishes above can provide years of enjoyment and can enhance the beauty of your new swimming pool.

If you need assistance choosing the perfect pool materials or you are ready to build a pool and would like a free quote on your project, contact Premier Pools & Spas today utilizing the form below.

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