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Different Types of Pool Finishes

They say ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ but with pools, this isn’t necessarily true. The pool’s finish not only affects people’s first impression but can also dictate how long your pool will last. And whether or not you are in the resort business, durability is important because this will help you make and save more money. Design-wise, the appearance of your pool can be a big deciding factor for guests.

While not everyone will swim, everyone is sure to see your pool anyway! So whether your guests will swim or not, it is important to style the pool to make it more attractive and durable because its finish will affect one’s swimming and relaxing experience. The list below shows the different types of pool finishes that will help you decide when adding the finishing touches to your swimming pool.

Plaster

Plaster pool finish is the oldest and most common pool finish. It is made from a mixture of water, cement, and either marble dust or silica sand. This type of finish makes the pool smooth and has evolved all throughout the century. The traditional white plaster though is still common amongst pool owners who choose this finish. If you want to have a more colourful and stylish finish, the plaster can be mixed with coloured pigments or dyes.

Plaster Pool

Coloured plaster finishes can:

  • Add a coloured tint to the water
  • Give the illusion of depth
  • Make the pool look like a natural body of water (e.g. pond or river)
  • Enhance the water’s reflecting ability which allows mirroring of a beautiful landscape of building

A plaster finish is the most affordable type of pool finish but is also the most vulnerable to damages such as cracks and colour stains.

Aggregate

An aggregate pool finish is like an upgraded version of the plaster. It is simply a combination of plaster and another material like quartz, glass beads, granite, or river stones. This type of finish is getting more recognition as it offers pools a luxurious appearance and is more resistant to damages than plaster alone. It can also be customized to provide a unique colour and texture to the pool and can also be polished or exposed.

aggregate pool finish

Polished aggregates give a smoother surface. This is done by polishing the aggregate finish once it is hand applied to the pool shell giving more lustre compared with crushed coloured stones. Aside from adding a more decorative look to the pool, the patches of crushed stones provide an additional 12-20 more years to the life of the plaster.

Another type of aggregate finish is the exposed aggregate. Similar to polished aggregate, exposed aggregate is carefully hand applied in the pool shell. However, once the finish has been set, it is power washed with water and muriatic mixture while still wet. The mixture will clear away the top coat of the finish exposing beautiful coloured pebbles or glass beads in it. Depending on your style, you can choose different colours and textures. Pebble finishes make a pool look more natural like that of a lagoon, while the glass bead finishes provide an elegant look by reflecting the sunlight and giving off a 3D effect to the pool.

Tile

Tile finishes are the most expensive type of pool finish but are also known to be the most durable. They take the longest time to install and have the longest years of life. If properly placed and maintained, the tiles will not need to be replaced. When it comes to appearance, the glossy characteristic of the tiles enhances the reflective capacity of the water making the pool more elegant looking.

Pool Tiles Finishing

Tile finishes include ceramic, porcelain, stone, and glass tiles. Out of these, the ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most common and the least expensive finish. You can also bring out our artsy style by painting the tiles to match the theme of your pool. When it comes to matching a landscape, stone tile finishes are more common. Granites, limestones, marbles, and slates are used to finish natural pools. To achieve a shimmering bright pool, glass tile finishes are often used. Glass tiles can reproduce and magnify the effect of light on the water. They are also easy to maintain as they do not crack, stain, or erode.

Burleigh Pools offers an array of designs 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 we can provide your needs. Aside from the design, we take high consideration of the quality of our pools. Call 07 5576 0500 to request a consultation.

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