A Guide to Different Types of Pool Finishes

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A Guide to Different Types of Pool Finishes

When planning for your dream swimming pool, it’s hard to know which finish you should get. And that’s a funny thing because the finish is the most important aspect of your pool in terms of design.

Your choice of finish will affect the aesthetics, durability, and total cost of your pool. Here is an easy guide to the most common types of pool finishes and their features:


Plaster Finish

Plaster is one of the oldest, most common, and widely used options for interior pool finishes. A plaster finish is a mix of solid concrete (cement), sand, and water directly applied into the cavity of the pool. The result is a simple but classy-looking pool finish. It is very sturdy, waterproof, and can withstand chemical concentrations that usually destroy the surface.

A plaster pool finish is a good option if you’re working on a budget. For this price range, the plaster pool finish is quite durable and can last for five to seven years before any sign of chipping or etching will emerge. It’s also easy to install and you can choose from a wide range of colour options.

On the other hand, family members with sensitive skin may find the rough surface irritating. And if you’re not too keen on frequent cleaning, then a plaster finish may not be suitable for you. That’s because this type of pool finish requires weekly maintenance due to its low algae resistance.

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Aggregate Finish

Aggregate finish is a higher level of concrete pool finish next to standard plaster. It is a mixture of solid concrete (cement), sand, and water, ornamented with any of the following: pebbles, quartz, coloured glass beads, or river stones. An aggregate pool finish can have either a bumpy texture (Exposed Aggregate) or a smooth texture (Polished Aggregate).

In terms of cost, an aggregate finish is a bit more expensive than a plaster finish. However, it has a longer lifespan depending on the materials used; quartz can last for at least seven years and pebbles can last for ten to 20 years. It also requires less maintenance because of its natural algae resistance.

Only the exposed aggregate finish has real drawbacks because it can hurt to walk on, and it can harbour calcium build-up in the long run. If you want to avoid these downsides, a polished aggregate finish is your best option. But whichever type of aggregate finish you choose, it will be more aesthetically pleasing than standard plaster.

We Reccommend Pebblecrete Finish

Pebblecrete is a type of pool finish that is made by mixing small pebbles or stones with concrete to create a textured surface. It is a popular choice for pool owners in South East Queensland who want a more natural and organic look for their pool.

Pebblecrete is known for its slip-resistant properties and can be customized with different colors and textures to match the pool’s design. It is also known for its longevity and requires minimal maintenance and repairs.

See our image gallery of finished pebblecrete pools in South East QLD.


Tile Finish

The most durable but also the most expensive among the different types of pool finishes is tile.

Most pool owners choose this type of finish despite the hefty price because it requires the least maintenance. It also provides the most options in design, quality, size, texture, and shape.

There are three types of tile finish to choose from:

  • Ceramic Tile (the most common)
  • Stone Tile (Provides a more natural look)
  • Quartz Tile (made by blending crushed quartz, white cement, and pigment)

Ceramic tile is the most used by pool owners on the Gold Coast and around Queensland, mainly because it’s the cheapest of the three options and has more colour options.

Stone tile is a bit pricier but will give your pool a more natural look. Quartz tile is the more expensive of the three and can give your pool a great visual appearance.

Aside from the price, it also requires a lot of time to install this type of finish. But the price and labour are well worth it in the long run once you notice how durable and long-lasting a tile finish is.

There is a possibility of chips and cracks but it’s not that big of a problem because tiles are easily replaceable.

Learn how how to keep your inground pool in pristine condition


Other Choices

To add more choice, a Vinyl Liner finish is also one of the all-time favourites.

It is commonly constructed with steel walls and sand bottoms. In addition, it also offers a lot of patterns that mimic the natural looks of stones and pebbles very well.

The vinyl liner is one of the choices that can give the satisfaction of beauty and quality.

Fiber Glass is also a good option for those who are looking or planning to have a smooth and gorgeous pool surface with long-lasting durability and does not require much maintenance.


Factors to Consider When Choosing a Pool Finish

When choosing the right pool finish for your swimming pool, there are several factors to consider, including:

  • Durability: The pool finish should be durable and long-lasting, especially if you plan on using your pool frequently.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The pool finish should (hopefully) enhance the overall look and feel of your pool and complement the surrounding landscape and architecture.
  • Maintenance: No matter what pool finish you choose, you need to be prepared to conduct the required maintenance and repairs.
  • Slip Resistance: The pool finish should be slip-resistant, especially if you have children or elderly individuals using the pool.
  • Budget: The pool finish should be affordable and fit within your pool construction budget.


Oasis Pool Constructions Gold Coast

All types of pool finishes have their pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide which is the best that fits your budget. But if you need professional pool builders on the Gold Coast to help with your pool project, Oasis Pool Constructions is the right place to go.

We can help build in-ground pools that suit your property and assist you every step of the way, including the selection of the best pool finish.

Call Oasis Pool Constructions at 07 5649 9810 or get a free quote online for your pool constructions in South Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. You can also email [email protected]


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