Plaster, Pebble, or Tile: The Best Finish for Your Pool

Learn about the different finishes for your pool’s interior.

What’s the point of having a pool if you’re not comfortable swimming in it?  If you find that your pool’s interior surface is rough, then you might want to consider updating your pools interior finish.  From plaster to pebble to tile, here’s what you should know about the different pool finishes.

Plaster Finish

Plaster is one of the most widely used interior pool finishes because it’s relatively inexpensive and it’s a classic pool look that many people think about when they imagine a pool.  However, plaster finishes can be quite rough to the touch.  Additionally, plaster accumulates algae easily and requires weekly maintenance and acid washing every 3-5 years.  Finally, plaster has a tendency to crack, stain, and scale, and is the least durable pool finish (usually lasting between 5-10 years).

Pebble/ Aggregate Finish

A pebble or aggregate finish is like a plaster finish with pebbles mixed in.  When applied, the top layer of plaster is wiped away to reveal the pebbles.  This finish tends to last longer than straight plaster, usually lasting 10-20 years.  Additionally, the smooth feel of the stones can be far softer on your feet.  However, the larger the added aggregate, the less comfortable things will be.

Tile Finish

Pool tiles are typically made of porcelain, but can also be made of stone or glass.  Tile is the longest-lasting interior pool finish, usually lasting more than 20 years when properly cared for.  Another benefit is that tile is easy to clean and holds up very well in different weather conditions.  However, tile is expensive, and cracked, chipped, or improperly installed tiles can scratch.

Weigh these different advantages and disadvantages as you decide which interior pool service is right for you.  No matter what surface you choose, it’s important that your pool is clean and properly maintained.  For assistance with maintaining your pool, contact the professionals at Clean & Clear Pools.  Located in Danville, California, we serve the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Alamo, and Danville communities.

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