The Lowdown on Swimming Pool Finishes: What to Consider
A little over a decade ago, most pools were finished in plaster. Plaster, while still widely used because of its affordability, has limitations. Plaster’s biggest limitation is its lifespan – 4 to 7 years – and maintenance requirements that have always been a challenge for pool owners. Additionally, as pool owners began wanting more color options, colored plaster’s tendency to mottle, streak and to fade over time spurred manufacturers to develop alternate solutions. Chemical additives have been developed that help lessen some of these issues, but they do increase the cost to the point where it makes sense to consider other alternatives. Today there are a number of other materials choices for pool surfaces that last longer, are more durable and require less maintenance while providing an array of esthetic options.
These days exposed aggregate pool finishes are widely used and offer greater durability and longevity. They also offer a lot of aesthetic options. There are a number of good choices available, but two lines Bonick Landscaping likes to work with Durazzo Pool Surfaces and Diamond Brite exposed aggregate pool finishes.
Durazzo is made from marble aggregates and non-fading colored quartz and Diamond Brite is a non-fading quartz aggregate; both are finer than pebble surfaces. Both Durazzo and Diamond Brite are highly durable finishes that resist staining and etching that result from the exposure to harsh pool chemicals and both are non-skid, slip-resistant surfaces that are safe on both the feet and swimsuits. Other advantages to these surfaces are that they can be drained and cleaned without being damaged and they can be polished or sanded, for clients who prefer a smoother finish. It also means the surfaces can be rejuvenated over time. These newer finishes typically carry a 10 year warranty.
Like other similar surface finishes, both aggregates come in a wide range of colors from whites, blues and greens to onyx or slate shades. Gold and brown colored flecks bring green into water surface reflections that are synonymous with natural bodies of water. White or light flecks reflect sky colors more readily. At Bonick Landscaping we often create custom colors for our clients by combining several colors to create a deeper, richer finish with more subtle hues. Lighter colors are a bit more contemporary, providing a “cleaner” look that is popular today.