A swimming pool is one of the largest investments a homeowner can choose to make to his or her existing home. As such, you want to make sure that everything, from the filtration system to the decking surrounding the pool is top quality and fits not only the aesthetic plan for your backyard but also your budget as well. Here are some of the best choices for swimming pool surfaces so that you can find the options that fit your lifestyle.
- White Plaster—Perhaps the oldest type of pool surfacing still on the market, white plaster is still very popular because of its durability and simplicity. Although the plaster is still susceptible to fluctuations in pool chemistry and needs to be properly maintained, white plaster is a popular and reliable choice that looks beautiful.
- Tile—Pool tile is a popular choice for a very different reason. Yes it is durable and can in fact be less maintenance than white plaster. But tile is popular because it is so easy to do custom designs and colors in a variety of patterns to give your pool a special look to it. These tiles may need some regular maintenance, such as cleaning, but they are definitely worth it as you can incorporate almost any image, even southwestern themes to accentuate the beauty of your own natural landscape.
- Aggregates—For those homeowners who are looking for a more “natural” style, you may consider choosing an aggregate surface. These come in a variety of looks and finishes. One such style is the Beadcrete finish that uses small glass beads set into a polymer mortar. The smoothness of the beads makes it a good choice if you are worried about irritation to your feet and it also does not corrode as much as other surfaces from the chemicals found in pools. For an even more “outdoorsy” feel, many customers choose a pebble pool surface that features smooth river pebbles set into the surface of the pool. These come in a variety of colors and styles that makes it a very versatile decorating choice. There are several brands of pebble surfaces, like Sea Glass Pebble, Pebbletec and Crystal Stone. Regardless of what type you choose, be prepared for a hefty price tag as aggregates are among the most expensive type of pool surfaces on the market. But, based on the aesthetic style and durability of the product, you truly are getting what you pay for.
These are just a few of the more popular types of pool surfaces currently on the market. As was mentioned, it is important to make the right decisions when picking out your pool and its options as these are things you will be living with for years to come. With a little research, you can find the pool that is perfect for you.