Popular Pool Finishes for Your Remodelling Project

If you’re pool finish is looking old and tired, it may be time to consider a re-do, starting with the interior finish of the pool. This protects your investment while enhancing visual appeal, and there are a wide variety of pool finishes available that are both attractive and economical.

Let’s talk about a few of the different pool finishes you might consider.

  1. Pool Tile: This the gold standard, offering numerous patterns and colors. It’s stood the test of time because it’s durable and doesn’t require much maintenance – you really don’t have to do much other than clean and re-grout from time to time. Pool tile is also highly versatile, enabling you to choose from various designs. You could choose a basic pattern, add to it with tiles depicting sea life, or even go with a random effect. You’re only limited by your imagination. If you live in an area where you have to close your pool during the winter months, pool tile is ideal because it’s very resistant to frost damage.
  2. Vinyl Liners: Depending on how much use your pool gets, vinyl liners can last for many years. Of course they must be replaced if they become damaged, but if you’re just looking for a fresh, new look, a liner replacement can be a cost-effective way to get it.
  3. White Pool Plaster: This is a type of surface finish. In fact, basic white plaster was the first pool surface finish ever used, and it remains popular to this day. It consists of a simple combination of white cement combined with marble aggregate. When the water is in the pool, the finish appears to be light blue. The downside to pool plaster is that it is vulnerable to damage from chemicals and other water conditions, so it will change in appearance over time.
  4. Colored Pool Plaster: This is basic pool plaster with a tint added. It is available in a wide range of shades, and will stand the test of time in much the same way as its humbler cousin, white pool plaster. However, like white plaster, it will react to chemicals and water conditions, and may fade over time. It may also streak or become uneven, but generally will perform well for some time.
  5. Aggregates: These are add-ons to white or colored plasters. Aggregates consist of sand that is coated in ceramic, and they are added to colored or white plaster to create bright colors or soft hues. They also bring increased durability to basic pool plasters.
    Gunite Swimming Pool Kansas City

    Gunite Swimming Pool Kansas City


    Vinyl Lined Pool Kansas

    Vinyl Lined Pool

Pool Design for Your Backyard

Backyard Pool Premier Pools and Spa

Backyard Pool Premier Pools and Spa

A pool is a great addition to almost any yard. Pools are fun for people of all ages. Depending on their size, they can be good for exercising or just relaxing, and they are perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. However, while a pool can fit into most yards, not every pool works with every yard. You need to have a pool installed that matches your yard – or you can take the opportunity to give the whole yard a redesign.

Creating Your Pool Design 

If you are making your pool the centerpiece of your yard, you need to make sure it looks good along with serving its function of entertainment. This can be achieved with the pool deck and with contouring the edges. A plain rectangular pool is a bit boring, but with just a little detailing, it can really pop.

When designing your pool, you need to consider the size of your yard first. While it can be tempting to make the pool as large as possible, you need to decide how much space you will need for landscaping as well as for patio furniture or a grill. You also have to make sure to leave sufficient space around the edges of the pool for people to walk safely and comfortably. Arranging the yard and the pool to make things easier for you when you have to clean the pool or to avoid swimmers dripping on certain areas are also good ideas.

Integrating the Landscape 

You have two options: you can either work a pool into your current landscaping, or create a whole new yard with the pool as the focus. While it is not strictly necessary to integrate your landscaping with your pool design, it is definitely a good idea to do so. If you do not, you may run into functional errors, and at the least, your yard will look much less put together when you have guests.

It is a good idea to hire a company that does both pool installation and landscaping to make your pool. That way you will have only one contractor with a consistent plan to deal with. This is especially true if you want your new pool design to be the centerpiece of your yard. A pool installation company will have a better understanding of the pool design and therefore will know better what will complement it.

Premier Pools of Kansas City

If you are in the Kansas City area and are looking to create a whole new look for your yard, complete with pool, look no further than Premier Pools of Kansas City. We install and maintain many different pool designs, and have all the equipment and knowhow to make the rest of your hard look amazing as well. We even install outdoor lighting! Our products are high quality, as is our work. Give us a call whenever you decide that a backyard pool would be the perfect addition to your life.

Perfect Pool Deck Possibilities

As the proud owner of a backyard pool, you no doubt know that more time is spent on the deck than in the water. There are few things more pleasing than lounging at poolside with an “umbrella drink” and a beach book, so of course you want the best possible deck system for your personal oasis.

These days there are so many attractive pool deck possibilities for the backdrop to your pool, it can be hard to decide what to choose, but we’ll offer a few suggestions.

  1. Concrete: This is the great-grandfather of all pool decking material. Strong and durable, concrete will give you years of service. Today, concrete can actually be stamped in order to resemble other, more high-end building materials like marble, granite, brick, tile, field stone and more. It can be tinted in every shade imaginable, and even acid-stained to provide an earthy, variegated effect. With the stamping procedure, you can even incorporate fun elements like footprints, flowers, butterflies… whatever your imagination can come up with.
  2. Wood: This is another popular material due to its affordability and versatility. For pool decks it is always best to go with pressure-treated wood, and it’s important to make sure that it’s regularly water-sealed. Wood is a great choice for above-ground pools.
  3. Composite Wood: This actually isn’t wood – it’s a composite that’s made from materials that are much like plastic. The advantage that composite has over genuine wood is that it will last forever, never fading or rotting. The down-side is that it’s a good deal more expensive than wood.
  4. Stone: If your pockets are deep, you might consider stone decking. If your pool or spa is designed to look as if it occurred naturally (think “grotto”), you can’t do better than stone. To create the decking, large stones are embedded in concrete. Stone decking is beautiful and durable, and has the added benefit of being virtually slip-proof.
  5. Pavers: Pavers are typically made from brick, travertine or concrete. Like stone, they resist slipping, and they will last for quite some time. The design possibilities and patterns are virtually endless, with a style to suit practically any pool.
  6. Tile: The tile used for pool decking is unglazed in order to resist slipping. While square tiles are probably the most common, tiles do come in different shapes. Like stamped concrete, tiles offer finishes that mimic more expensive materials. If you’re a DIY sort of person, many tiles are easy for the homeowner to install without the assistance of a contractor. They can be installed using grout, or laid in concrete.

Now you have some ideas for creating or renovating your pool area. For products and support, contact us today!