Swimming pool technology has improved exponentially in the last two decades. While most of these changes make your pool cleaner, safer, and easier to maintain, advancements in pool finish have made a more noticeable effect because they change the look and feel of your swimming pool. To understand the new generation of pool finishes, we first need to understand how they came about.
While vinyl and fiberglass pools are more affordable, gunite pools give you the most flexibility with the appearance of your pool. Generally, pool plaster tends to erode over time. This causes the pool surface to cut, scrape, and scratch the skin. A pool plaster finish typically lasts between 5 and 10 years. This figure is all based on proper water chemistry and maintenance. For pool owners that want or need to remodel their plaster, there are new types of pool finishes that offer new looks and extended life.
Aggregate swimming pool finishes have been growing in popularity over the last few decades. . Today, they have taken the top spot from pool plaster as the most desirable pool finish option. Aggregate pool finishes contain river pebbles, stones, ceramic-coated crystals, or glass, which are combined with portland cement-based pigmented plaster and applied pneumatically. Most pool owners have chosen to go with an aggregate pool finish because of its durability and visual appeal. Companies such as National Pool Tile®, WetEdge Technologies®, and Pebble Technology® offer a wide array of pool finishes with different aggregates.
xposed aggregate pool finishes incorporate stones, pebbles, and/or glass beads into the pool plaster to add resilience and aesthetic qualities. Because of this, aggregate finishes are more resistant to pool chemical imbalances than other finishes and last much longer. Exposed aggregate pool finishes have been shown to have a lifespan of between 15 and 20 years. NPT’s JewelScapes® captures the sparkle and brilliance of the world’s finest gems in a stunning, durable interior pool finish. Available in array of colors, JewelScapes® combines the beauty of smooth, colorful glass beads with the highest quality pigments and aggregates for a finish that’s beyond compare. For a more rustic feel, give your pool or hot tub the natural beauty of a pebble-bottomed stream with a StoneScapes® pool finish.
An inviting selection of colors and textures allow pool owners to express their unique style. StoneScapes® combines artistry with durability and comfort to create the perfect finish for any inground pool or spa. The recent trend toward an aggregate pool finish over pool plaster will add life to any swimming pool.