Modern pool owners can choose from multiple beautiful, durable pool surfaces. While it is nice to have a lot of choices, the selection process can be a little overwhelming, particularly when you don’t have a lot of information. The following list includes the top 5 pool surfaces with details about each one that will make the decision process simple and straightforward.
Standard white plaster
While trendier options may come and go, classic white stays on the top 5 pool surfaces list throughout the years. You’ll get a traditional pool aesthetic with white cement and white marble aggregate. It is important to remember that throughout the lifespan of white plaster, it will change in appearance from minor staining to marked cracking. As standard white plaster has a softer finish that many other pool surface options, it is one of the most susceptible surfaces.
When combined with white cement, 100% quartz makes for a highly durable surface. There are additional quartz formulations on the market such as 50% and 75%. However, it is best practice to use 100% quartz for pools. It is available in a wide range of colors from vibrant blue to soft tan.
Gemstone pebble surfaces have small, smooth river pebbles throughout the surface. These surfaces have a natural appearance that many people find aesthetically pleasing. Gemstone pebble is also known for being highly flexible and dependable. As river pebble stone material is chemically dormant, there is a very small chance that it will react with pool water and undergo changes in appearance.
Hydrazzo surfaces are made of colored and white marble aggregates, graded color aggregates, white Portland cement, and additional helpful materials to produce a high strength of cement. Hydrazzo surfaces are available in a unique palette of colors and have a naturally varied aesthetic as well as a natural resistance to topical stains, spot etching, algae adhesion, and permanent scale.
Beadcrete surfaces combine small reflective clear glass beads with selected colored quartz. The quartz mirrors the light under the surface of the water, producing a bright sparkling finish. The effect is beautiful during the day and absolutely breathtaking at night under pool lights.
It is important to keep in mind that all pool surfaces are submerged in water, which means that they are exposed to water chemistry conditions over time. While durability varies for different finishes, all surfaces require basic maintenance to prevent deterioration.