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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.