Homeowners have many decisions to make when it comes to installing a pool. From the pool shape to entry type, bubblers to waterfalls, your decisions will reflect your personal design aesthetics and the role of the pool as it relates to your lifestyle.
One option that can greatly impact the look and feel of your pool area is the interior finish. There are a variety of materials and colors that can be customized to each individual pool.
As any pool owner knows, a pool is constantly filled with water and is regularly exposed to varying water chemistry conditions. In this dynamic environment, the mineral content of the interior pool surface is constantly interacting with the water. Over time the surface appearance may change due to these chemical reactions. Knowing this will help pool owners decide upon the best interior finish for their pool style.
Pool owners have a variety of interior finish options available: tile, aggregates, pebble, and stone finishes.
As one of the most durable interior finishes, tile has been a fundamental component of pools throughout history. Tile utilizes the reflective properties of water to promote the desired glamour or artistic appearance of the design. Like regular floor tiles, pool tiles come in a variety of shapes, styles, colors, and sizes, and are made from an array of materials which include stone, glass and porcelain.
Aggregates are materials added by hand to plaster, providing customizable textures, colors, and effects. Aggregate pool finishes are popular for providing a low maintenance, mildly slip-proof surface. Known for striking beauty and durability, aggregate colors develop richer hues over time, and will last for decades with proper maintenance and water chemistry.
Typical materials found in aggregate mixtures can include quartz, granite, river stones, or glass beads, depending on whether or not you want a polished or exposed look. It all depends on your budget.
Polished aggregates contain finely crushed materials like quartz granite that are then polished to bring out the material’s luster and create a smooth surface.
Exposed aggregates contain tiny pebbles giving a more nature-like look or glass beads creating a three-dimensional effect with the reflection of light.
Another lovely finish that is inspired by and reflects nature is the use of natural pebbles. From New Zealand to Mexico, South America to Asia, Mississippi to Arizona, the pebbles are sourced from plants and mines around the world. These naturally round pebbles provide a textured look that are premium, long-lasting and high quality.
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While quite uncommon today, stone was one of the first materials used in pool creation, and pools’ precursors, the bath house. As a natural material, stone finish in the pool is extremely durable. A stone finish is a great choice for a rustic style. View a project we worked on with Charleston area Landscape Architects - Wertimer, Cline and Associates. This project is pictured on their website and is a stone interior swimming pool located on Kiawah Island, SC. Click here to view this stone interior finish swimming pool - Images 4 and 5 in their Gallery.
Contact the experts at Aqua Blue Pools to design the interior pool finish that reflects your life.
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