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Finding the Right Type of Pool Finish

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Are you considering constructing a pool? Perhaps you want to remodel your existing one? Whichever the case, it's essential to carefully choose the right type of pool finish for your project. That’s because the finish will not only affect the look of your swimming pool but also its longevity. 

The type of finish you will use will also dictate the materials to be used and the cost of pool construction. However, with so many finish options offered today, it's not easy to decide which one to choose. To help you make an informed decision, let's take a look at all the types of pool finish you can choose from.

Also read: The Different Types of Pool Finishes


If you want a large pool, but are on a tight budget, plaster might be your best choice. It is one of the oldest and most affordable options for pool surface finish. It is a simple mixture of Portland cement, water, and either silica or marble sand. Plaster finish will give your pool a smooth and classic appearance.

Another good thing about plaster finish is that it comes in a variety of colours that gives your pool a better look. Most people prefer light blue to make their pool water look like the Caribbean, but there are also other options such as beige, dark blue, grey, or red. Plaster finish typically lasts five to seven years before visible etching or chipping.


Aggregate pool finish is a step-up design from a standard concrete finish. It's a mixture of quartz, glass beads, granite, or pebbles into the concrete to provide a more attractive aesthetic. An aggregate plaster finish lasts quite a while, as it is more resistant to chemicals and can be fixed reasonably easily. It is getting more attention today as it offers a luxurious look, and is more resistant to damage. An aggregate pool finish can also be customised to give a unique colour and texture to the pool, and can be polished or exposed.

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Polished aggregate finish - This type of finish gives a smoother surface. The materials used are crushed stones mixed into concrete. Apart from giving the pool a more decorative look, the crushed stones provide an extended 12 to 20 more years.

Exposed aggregate finish - This type of finish combines elements of plaster finishes with standard aggregate. It uses pebbles or stones that are directly put into the plaster, giving it a far rougher texture. It looks pretty if you prefer a natural aesthetic, but it can be harsh on the feet when you're dealing with larger stones. This type of aggregate finish is more durable than plaster but not as durable as a polished aggregate.

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A tile-based pool finish is a popular option that is typically made of porcelain, ceramic, glass, or stone. This type of finish has a vast range of design and aesthetic options. It offers a modern look with unlimited colour combinations, providing you with the most excellent choice of all finishes. You can also bring out its artsy style by painting the tiles to match the theme of your pool. Marbles, granites, limestones, and slates are used to finish natural pools while glass tiles can reflect and magnify the effect of the light on the water. Glass tiles are often used to achieve a shimmering bright pool.

Out of all the pool finishes, tiles are the most expensive option but lasts the longest. The process of installation is much longer compared with a plaster pool finish and aggregate pool finishes. Most people will usually tile the entire pool. But, this is a personal preference.

Also, tiles are much more durable and require less maintenance than concrete or aggregate plaster as they do not crack, stain, or erode. If properly installed and maintained, the tiles will not need to be replaced. If there is any damage or there is a need to replace a tile, the work can be carried out quickly.

Build your Pool with Burleigh Pools

By analysing each type of pool finish mentioned, you’ll be able to find the best one that suit your needs. The only thing left to do is finding the right builder to ensure that you’ll achieve exactly the pool  you want. If you’re planning to build one on the Gold Coast or NSW Northern Rivers, award-winning Burleigh Pools can help you.

Burleigh Pools offers an array of designs, including Freeform pools and Lap pools, that can help you achieve your dream pool. Our client's style is our utmost priority; hence, we have a free consultation to ensure that you achieve the type of pool finish you need. Aside from the design, Burleigh Pools also take high consideration of the quality of our pools.

Contact Burleigh Pools at 07 5576 0500 to request a consultation today!


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