A lot of planning, material choice, and effort goes into building a swimming pool. But regardless of the pool’s decorative features and design, pool finishes will transcend the complete design and play a huge role in how appealing the pool is.

Whether you want to resurface your existing pool’s plaster or select the finish for a new pool, you should determine what type of material to use. Pool finishes come with their own set of benefits and drawbacks in areas like durability, visual appeal, and cost.

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This is the most affordable choice. It is cement and a mixture of silica sand and marble dust. Plaster is the most popular type of pool finish and provides many options for a unique look. For example, white plaster provides a stylish, smooth look, but it can be colored to reflect a bright tone or subtle tone. Plaster comes with a life span of about seven years before you’ll see staining, chipping, or etching.

You can ask your pool builder about the addition of pigments and dyes to the plaster to attain the preferred color. A blue/gray color is a common choice since it makes the pool’s color look modern. Darker shades will make your pool look like a natural pond. Remember that dark colors soak up the sun’s heat and will help heat your pool water.

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Tile pool finishes are usually created from glass, stone, or porcelain. For aesthetics, you can get them textured, hand-painted, or glazed. Tile is easy to clean and lasts for a long time, but it is more expensive than some of the other options. If you want limitless variety when it comes to design and color, however, tile might be the ideal choice.


Aggregate pool finishes are an appealing mix of colored or white plaster with the addition of beads, river stones, granite, glass, or other materials blended in. These pool finishes and mixtures give the pool an aesthetic appeal. This material is a perfect choice when you want a unique, custom swimming pool. Aggregate pool finishes offer an elegant look to the poolscape, both in and out.

Polished aggregate finish contains colored stones, which have been crushed into a fine powder. The aggregate is then applied using a trowel. Quartz flecks or colored granite add visual appeal and extend the life of the plaster.

Talk to pool specialists at Premier Pools & Spas about the choice of exposed aggregate, which has river pebbles or glass beads. Think about a pebble finish if you want a tropical or rustic appearance. Glass bead pool finishes will make the surface of your pool glitter, and go together with contemporary pool designs.

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