If you’re building a new pool, choosing the right finishes can be a challenging task. With so many options available, it’s essential to understand the pros and cons of each before making a final decision. In this article, we’ll discuss the various pool finishes available, along with their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Pool Finishes

  1. Plaster Plaster is one of the most common pool finishes. It is a mixture of white cement, white marble aggregate, and water that is troweled onto the surface of the pool. It comes in various colors and can be mixed with colored aggregates or dyes. Plaster is also the most affordable option and can last for up to 10 years with proper maintenance. However, it can be prone to chipping, staining, and fading over time.
  2. Pebble Tec Pebble Tec is a premium finish that is made up of small, smooth pebbles. This finish is more durable than plaster and can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance. Pebble Tec comes in various colors and finishes, including polished, satin, and exposed. It also has a slip-resistant surface, making it a safer option for families with children. However, Pebble Tec can be more expensive than other options.
  3. Tile Tile finishes can add a unique and stylish touch to your pool. They come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, allowing you to create a customized design. Tile finishes are also durable and easy to clean, making them a low-maintenance option. However, they can be more expensive than other finishes and can become slippery when wet, increasing the risk of falls.

Pool Decking and Tiles

  1. Concrete is a popular choice for pool decking as it is durable and affordable. It comes in various colors and textures, allowing you to create a customized look. Concrete is also slip-resistant, making it a safer option. However, it can become hot in the sun, making it uncomfortable to walk on with bare feet. See Spray Decking below.
  2. Tiles – Using tiles on a pool’s waterline creates a contemporary element. Combine different sizes to create your own look. We work with many different companies to provide a wide range of colors and styles to choose from including porcelain, glass and pool mosaics.
  3. Pavers are a versatile option for pool decking and come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. They are also slip-resistant, making them a safer option for families with children. Pavers are easy to replace if one becomes damaged, making them a low-maintenance option. However, they can be more expensive than other options.
  4. Spray Decking – The texture and color make it more attractive than plain concrete. Topping your deck with a new coating and color makes it more durable and provides a beautiful nonskid surface. There are many choices to choose from, however, choosing a color for your deck inspired by nature and made up of deep hues compliments a natural landscaping environment.

Final Thought

Choosing the right pool finish and decking/tiles can enhance the overall aesthetic and safety of your pool area. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to consider your budget, maintenance requirements, and desired style when making a decision. Whether you choose plaster, Pebble Tec, tile, concrete, pavers, or wood, ensure you choose a reputable pool builder who can guide you through the decision-making process and create a pool area that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.