3 Most Popular Pool Finishes

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Pools are a popular addition to many homes because they add unparalleled style. When you are choosing your pool options, one consideration you must remember is which type of finish you want. There are three popular types of finishes: plaster, aggregates, and tile. If you aren't sure which is right for your pool, learn a little more about the pros and cons of each type.


Plaster is an incredibly popular option, and it's typically what you see in public swimming pools or at gyms. The plaster is actually cement, but it is mixed with another material, such as silica sand. One of the best advantages of plaster is that it is incredibly affordable. Since installing a pool is already expensive, it's nice to have a cheaper option when it comes to finishes. You can choose the standard white finish, or you can choose from a wide selection of other colors.

The biggest problem with plaster is that it is porous because it is made from cement. This makes it more vulnerable to the chemicals used in pools, because they can seep into the cement, causing weaknesses. Therefore, you'll need to ensure you keep up on regular maintenance to prevent cracking and chipping. In some cases, you may also have to have your pool repainted because the color may fade or stain.


If you choose an aggregate finish, it's still technically plaster. The same cement mixture is used, but aggregates include materials like like quartz, pebbles, etc. You can choose between polished or exposed aggregates. Exposed simply means that pebbles (or similar materials) are imbedded into the plaster, so the surface is not smooth. If you choose a polished finish, crushed bits of quartz or another material is mixed with the plaster. This leaves a smooth surface that also has a beautiful luster that leaves your pool looking sophisticated.

If you want your plaster pool to last a long time, you should consider aggregates because they can increase the life of the pool by 15 to 20 years. In addition, they make beautiful pools, and the color of the stones only deepens over time as they are exposed to water and chemicals. The downside to aggregates is that they increase the price of your pool installation. On top of that, some people don't like the slip-resistant feel of exposed aggregates, especially if a stone becomes sharp.


If you have a tile finish, your pool has the top-of-the-line finish. Tiles come in ceramic, stone, and glass. Ceramic tiles are the best if you want to have colored tiles, and stone is best if you want a natural-looking pool. The biggest advantage to tile, however, is that it is extremely durable. The tiles withstand all the chemicals well. Another advantage is the appearance. You can create just about any design you want.

Of course, all these benefits come with a big disadvantage: the price. Tile finishes are the most expensive option, but ceramic is one of the least expensive materials if you want to save a few dollars. The process also takes a long time because the tiles are all placed by hand, so you get a flawless and beautiful finish. Choosing to install a colorful design or some other unique feature will also increase the price and length of the project.

Choosing the right finish for your pool is an important task to consider. These three finishes are all popular, but they may not all be the right choice for you and your needs. If you would like more information regarding pools or pool finishes, contact a pool contractor in your area such as DESJOYAUX POOLS today and request a quote.