Pool Interior Finish
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Pool Interior Finish
The interior finish of a swimming pool has a tremendous impact on its overall pool design. There are different materials to choose from, and each one can elevate the design of your swimming pool to a new level of style and elegance. Finishes for your swimming pool include choices in plaster, tile, and aggregate. If you’re building a new swimming pool, pool remodeling, or renovating an old pool, you can choose a finish to complement the design.
Pool Plaster Installation
A mixture of water, cement, and either marble dust or silica sand, plaster is perhaps the most common and timeless interior finish option for a swimming pool. White plaster used to be the traditional choice, but recent years have seen a rise in colored plaster, even dark-colored ones.
Plaster is a very affordable option, which is why it’s so popular also. It can last up to 10 years before it starts showing signs of chipping or cracking. Colored plaster might also fade at this point. Generally, it only takes about two or three days to replaster a swimming pool of average size. The bigger your swimming pool is, the longer it takes.
Leave the automatic pool cleaner out of a newly-plastered swimming pool for at least two weeks. To maintain a plaster surface, keep the water’s pH levels balanced. Acid washing at regular intervals also helps.
Pool Aggregate Installation
Aggregates are like the hip and fashionable younger generation of plaster. Aggregates combine white or colored plaster with other materials like glass beads, granite, quartz, and even river stones. They can either be polished or exposed.
In a polished aggregate finish, experts use finely crushed particles of granite, marble, or quartz. Application of the materials to the pool shell is by hand and then polished to create a smooth and shiny surface. Its timeless beauty works well with classic pool shapes and designs.
Polished aggregate can extend the lifespan of the pool plaster by up to 20 years with proper care. In an exposed aggregate finish, experts use glass beads or small river stones. As with polished aggregate, the application of glass beads or pebbles is by hand.
After the application, the wet surface is power washed with a mix of water and muriatic acid to remove the top layer of concrete and expose the glass beads or pebbles underneath. Like polished aggregate, exposed aggregate can also extend the lifespan of a swimming pool by up to 20 years.
Glass beads capture light and provide a pool 3D effect, while pebbles offer a more rustic look that fits a tropical-style pool. Resurfacing a swimming pool using an aggregate finish can take anywhere between seven to 14 days, assuming the weather is perfect. Homeowners who have used an aggregate finish for their pools will have a more attractive and durable swimming pool.
Pool Tile Installation
Tile is one of the most, if not the most, durable pool interior finish. You can choose from ceramic, glass, porcelain, and natural stone tiles. The colors, shapes, sizes, designs, and combinations are practically endless when using tiles.
It takes longer to apply tiles compared to plaster and aggregate, but it’s the most long-lasting among the three. It is also the most expensive option, and this is why most homeowners only use tiles for the waterline or as a colorful accent on the floors and steps. If budget is not a problem, by all means, you can choose tile for the interior finish of your entire swimming pool.
Generally, it would take about two weeks to retile an average-size swimming pool. How long the project takes depends on the size of the pool and the weather. Do not embark on a tile replacement project during the rainy season.
Tile’s worst enemy is calcium buildup, caused by high pH levels, high alkalinity, heat, and hard water. To avoid calcium buildup, establish an excellent pool maintenance procedure that includes testing the pool’s pH and alkalinity levels. Regular brushing also helps.
With proper installation and maintenance, you don’t have to worry about ever replacing tiles for your pool’s interior finish.
Our expert team of pool technicians takes great pride in cleaning and removing all building materials from your property each day of the project. A thorough checkup and final clean-up are performed when the project is completed. If you have any questions about our process, please don’t hesitate to call or contact us for pool resurfacing services.