Pebble Tec Pool Finishes

Pebble Surfaces are Better for Your Swimming Pool

In Pool Features, Pool Tips by Platinum Pools

Pebble surfaces are the rage when it comes to custom-built swimming pools. If you are looking to have an oasis in your backyard, and you are considering low maintenance, then pebble finishing your pool is what you need.

But first, why Pebble Surfaces and not plaster surfaces?Swimming Pool Pebble Finish

Pebble finishing is more expensive than plaster, but it has a much longer lifespan. The surface is nonporous, which means, it doesn’t absorb pool chemicals, and it resists algae growth and staining. Plaster requires more maintenance than pebble finishing since it is porous, the stains are visible, and it has a shorter lifespan.

Pool Pebble Finish

Ok, so what is a Pebble Surface?

A pebble surface is a mixture of hydraulic cement and polished stone pebbles. The finishing goes right after the concrete is applied to the pool. The mixture is applied pneumatically, then hand-wiped or water-blasted to reveal the top layer of pebbles.

Color and Texture Choicespool pebble surface finish

The color may range from the lightest white to the darkest black and everything in between. Sometimes, it can be a bit overwhelming for the homeowner to choose. Some colors can be cool and modern, or bright and summery; but in the long run, it may inspire a bit of the designer to select the one that may, with the finishing effects that will give the elegance to the new oasis. It is also important to keep in mind that the texture plays an important decision. The smaller the pebbles, the better; this means that your feet will not get scrapped nor hurt, plus, it has an anti-slip and stain resistant surface.

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It’s All in the Design

Pebble surfaces offer a unique design that can fit into an overall design scheme. The advantage is that it creates a natural oasis feel to your backyard, and it can go entirely into a home’s design.

Low Maintenance, Yay!Low maintenance pool surface

In the long run, pebble finishes save you time and money for it is stain resistant, anti-slip and non-porous. So, you don’t have to brush that often. However, calcium build-up may happen if you do not keep proper chemical maintenance. We always recommend checking the water’s chem balance twice a week and ensure that the total balance is between 7.4 and 7.5. Water chemistry can lead to scale build-up also, and in most cases, it involves draining the pool.