You can choose from a variety of swimming pool plaster materials, such as aggregate, tile, and plaster finishes. Each type features a lot of textures, colors, and materials. The final look of your pool will depend significantly on your pool finish. Therefore, you might want to consider various pool finish options to settle on an option that best suits your design aspirations and needs.
Plaster is the classic pool surface finish as far as swimming pool plaster materials are concerned. It’s a mixture of Portland cement, water, and silica/sand dust. Marcite or conventional white plaster provides a classic, smooth appearance. This type of finish costs a lot of money and lasts 5 to 7 years prior to the appearance of any signs of chipping or etching.
It’s possible to mix plaster with colored dyes or pigments for a dramatic look. Medium grey is the most popular pool finish.
Aggregate finishes are the most recent addition to the type of pool finishes. They are made of colored/white plaster combined with tiny pieces of glass beads, river stones, granite, and quartz. They are available in two types: exposed and polished.
The aggregate finishes are quite popular these days as they offer a luxurious surface. This type of surface can fight against staining and chemicals. Aside from this, you have a lot of color and texture options.
Polished aggregates consist of crushed colored stones like marble, granite, or quartz. After the finish is applied to the pool shell with a towel, polishing is done to create a smooth surface. The lifespan of this plaster is up to 20 years.
These finishes consist of small glass beads or pebbles. Like polished finishes, they are manually applied. After, the finish is washed with muriatic acid and water in order to remove the upper concrete layer so that the glass beads and pebbles can be seen. Usually, pebble finishes are recommended for lagoon-style or tropical pool designs.
Tile is the most durable material and offers a lot of design possibilities. Often, they are applied to the steps, floor, and waterline of the pool to offer a colorful accent. Besides, tile finishes can be applied to the pool interior as well.
Common options include stone, glass, porcelain, and ceramic tiles. You can find these tiles in a lot of sizes, colors, styles, and shapes. So, you have endless design and combination options.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tile
Both porcelain and ceramic tile are inexpensive but popular finishes. It’s possible to hand paint several mosaics or ornate patterns on the titles for a unique look.
Stone tile options include limestone, slate, marble, or granite. Since they blend well the pool landscaping, they make great natural pool designs. Besides, they are also a great choice for homes or pools with modern architectural style.
Glass tile is also getting popular these days due to their mesmerizing and resilience looks. The great thing about these tiles is that they are non-porous and don’t stain or erode over time.
In short, all types of swimming pool plaster materials described above can stand the test of time in a well-maintained pool.
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