Which Type of Pool Surface is best for you?

One of the most important aspects to building your pool and spa will be the selecting of its surface material and color! The majority of a pool’s appearance is in the surface color that you select and the material that it consists of. The look that the pool casts can be extremely different then the material you select when dry! This article will provide you with a good amount of knowledge to proceed in selecting your pool’s surface accurately so that you can get a finished design that you love, not just like!

TYPES OF POOL SURFACES

Plaster

Plaster’s fantastic! It has been used in pools for many decades and the cost is extremely affordable. Plaster is used in millions of pools all over the world, can have color mixed into the plaster when being made and cures pretty quickly. 

 

Pros: 

 

 – Affordable

 – Easy Installation and application

 – Customizable to tons of different shades

– Can have a transition effect with color being a gradient going from one shade/color to a different shade or color for a very custom look and theme

 

Negatives

-Plaster does require maintenance periodically for areas that show signs of wear from the elements

-The look isn’t as rich and expensive as some other options

-Selecting the shade you want can be difficult because going with a white plaster can cast a rich blue alone with the reflection of the sky and depth of the water.

-It’s common and not as posh as other surface options for pools

Pebble, Pebble Tech

Pebble surfaces for pools are truly exquisite! They range in such a vast amount of combinations it can be pretty difficult to select the combination that is perfect for you. We can help you with that. The depth of the pool, the way the sun hits that water and seeing the type of shade that will be hitting the pool during the time of day all come in to play with how the color of the pool will look when filled.

 

When selecting the pebble finish, you have to first determine the color pool you are wishing to have from a distance and work backwards from that. There are several different providers for pebble finishes and we know of 3 of the top ones that are nationwide and can guide you in your selection! 

 

Pebble finishes are very durable, have an amazing feel and texture to them and really make the pool a highend and luxurious addition to your property! The entrance of a pool when using pebble surfaces can even make the pool look like it’s a truly natural body of water and create a breath taking look and experiences!

 

 

Gunite

Infinity pools have the appearance of an endlessness to their reflection and shimmer. Their edge blends with the horizon often or with the distant surrounds making a smooth and elegant mirage feeling. The infinity edge can be done in several different ways depending on the pool size, desired look you want and of course your budget. You can even have the edge slowly drape water flow over it to provide a continual soft waterfall effect.

 

Infinity pools are extremely beautiful and add a huge amount of elegance and true sophistication to your home or hotel. The design structure is a bit more complex with increasing the structure support to attain the raised edge, but the resulting pool that you achieve is simply stunning and magnificent.

Quartz

L shaped pools are great for areas that are a little more tight then normal but showcase the pool well and usually follow the archectural lines of the neighboring structure of a home. They are very clean in their appearance and perfectly complement a modern home.

 

L Shaped pools have endless options however. Some unique features besides adding the spa to the return L portion is also adding raised steps as a feature, creating an edge that is vanishing with the horizon like an infinity pool and more. 

 

The size of an L Shaped pool really determines the options you can do with it. It is an excellent choice if you want a pool but also want to heighten the existing style of your home. They can appear as a cool azure reflections of crystal blues to your home’s beauty.

 

Glass Beeding

Kidney shaped pools are named according to their similar shape to kidney beans in that they have to main curvatures with one being slightly larger then the primary. They are very popular in settings where the landscaping has lots of trees and it makes for a natural feeling to a yard. They are not as ostentatious as some pool designs but can be elaborate with their surrounding decor, landscaping and hardscape as well as the water features added to it. When designed well and place well in a yard, they add a delightful and playful area to your life. They are charming without screaming look at me. 

 

Kidney / figure 8 pools started in the early 1950’s and have been used in millions of homes. They look like charming pools that have a pond characteristic. Great for people that aren’t looking to build a huge pool and just want simplicity with a little characteristic. Popular because they have two areas and each area signifies their depth with one of the using being deeper. These pools are usually more affordable, bring the charm to the yard and really fun for a family to enjoy if new to pools.

 

Tile

Tile is a great option for your pool. Though it is more expensive the plaster obviously, sky’s the limit when selecting colors, sizes and textures to truly make your pool personalized!

 

Tile finishes for your pool also last longer then plaster. Tiles do require repair or replacements once and a while but doesn’t need much effort when they do. They are also a smoother surface then plaster so cleaning is easy but the only issue that can be noticed is when grout between the tiles needs to be refilled.

 

Erosion to the grout happens overtime as a result of exposure to chemicals, debris and of course water movement and any pool cleaning machines. Recommended that pool gets serviced and refinished with repaired grout work every 7 years.

Fiberglass

Spools are large spas that are usually rectangular in shape andhave the size of a small pool. They are fantastic in that they blend a pool into a spa, or vice versa, by having a much larger area then a typical spa. Though they are a much increased size over a standard 7×7 or 8×8 spa, they still can retain seating areas for relaxation as well as those fantastic jets for massage and atmosphere.

 

Temperature of the Spool doesn’t have to be that of a normal spa, but can still be very warm. This is due to their size and in the cost to keep it at hottube temperatures. Solar power options are definitely making heating water much more affordable! Click here to see some Solar Power options!

 

The style, shape and depth of a spool is entirely up to you! The important thing to remember is that a spool that gets larger and larger is obviously more expensive to maintain if you want to keep it hot. The price to construct a spool gets closer to that of a pool depending on how deep you go and size.

 

Spools are a great solution for people that may not have the largest area to put a pool, but still want an attractive water feature on your property and a traditional spa alone would not be enough to satisfy.

Eco Finish

Spools are large spas that are usually rectangular in shape andhave the size of a small pool. They are fantastic in that they blend a pool into a spa, or vice versa, by having a much larger area then a typical spa. Though they are a much increased size over a standard 7×7 or 8×8 spa, they still can retain seating areas for relaxation as well as those fantastic jets for massage and atmosphere.

 

Temperature of the Spool doesn’t have to be that of a normal spa, but can still be very warm. This is due to their size and in the cost to keep it at hottube temperatures. Solar power options are definitely making heating water much more affordable! Click here to see some Solar Power options!

 

The style, shape and depth of a spool is entirely up to you! The important thing to remember is that a spool that gets larger and larger is obviously more expensive to maintain if you want to keep it hot. The price to construct a spool gets closer to that of a pool depending on how deep you go and size.

 

Spools are a great solution for people that may not have the largest area to put a pool, but still want an attractive water feature on your property and a traditional spa alone would not be enough to satisfy.

Liners (Vinyl)

Spools are large spas that are usually rectangular in shape andhave the size of a small pool. They are fantastic in that they blend a pool into a spa, or vice versa, by having a much larger area then a typical spa. Though they are a much increased size over a standard 7×7 or 8×8 spa, they still can retain seating areas for relaxation as well as those fantastic jets for massage and atmosphere.

 

Temperature of the Spool doesn’t have to be that of a normal spa, but can still be very warm. This is due to their size and in the cost to keep it at hottube temperatures. Solar power options are definitely making heating water much more affordable! Click here to see some Solar Power options!

 

The style, shape and depth of a spool is entirely up to you! The important thing to remember is that a spool that gets larger and larger is obviously more expensive to maintain if you want to keep it hot. The price to construct a spool gets closer to that of a pool depending on how deep you go and size.

 

Spools are a great solution for people that may not have the largest area to put a pool, but still want an attractive water feature on your property and a traditional spa alone would not be enough to satisfy.

Make sure you read about other amazing features you can add to your pool here! Waterwalls, shelfs, in pool bars, fire features and more!

Read our Steps to Building a Pool here! Complete guide on understanding the process, time it takes, little obstacles that come along the way and more so you can have a smooth pool building process!