Pools come in many styles and varieties, and one feature you must consider when installing a pool is what type of finish you want. Each has their own set of pros and cons, so be sure to determine the right one for your needs. Check out these popular pool finishes to determine which one you should pick.

Vinyl Liners

Vinyl is an extremely affordable option for pools, so it’s very popular. Many pool owners love how easy it is to care for, and you can buy a vinyl liner for any size or shape of pool. Additionally, vinyl inhibits algae growth, which gives you one less thing to worry about.

However, vinyl doesn’t last as long as many other options, and because the liners are so thin, they’re easily damaged. If your pool is likely to host a lot of rough swimmers, like active kids or even dogs, then it may not be the best long-term option.

Fiberglass Shells

Fiberglass costs more than vinyl, but the material also requires no upkeep, inhibits algae growth, and will last for much longer than vinyl, usually without needing repairs. Additionally, fiberglass has more aesthetic value and can be installed quickly.

On the other hand, because fiberglass shells are manufactured off-site, you may not be able to customize the shell as easily as with other materials.

Plaster Finishes

Many pools have a plaster finish because it’s an affordable option. Despite the name, however, the plaster finish is actually a mixture of cement and silica sand, making it a durable option too. Even with good care, however, you’ll likely have to have the pool occasionally resurfaced to prevent large cracks or chips.

White plaster is a perfectly good option for your pool, but you can request colored plaster, which can drastically change the appearance or mood of the pool. Many public pools use a light blue plaster finish to make the pool look blue and inviting.

On the other hand, choosing a dark grey color can make your pool look deeper and more reflective. Colored plaster may hide stains and algae better, but they can also streak, change color, or leak dye.

Plaster With Aggregates

Some homeowners choose to add aggregates to the plaster, which creates an entirely new style to your pool. With an exposed aggregate finish, pebbles, glass beads, or another smooth material is added to the plaster to give it a textured feel and appearance.

The other option is polished aggregates, which uses quartz or pebbles to create a unique appearance. The finish is then polished to create a smooth, flat surface.

The biggest advantage to adding aggregates to your plaster is the extra durability. Simply by adding pebbles, your pool finish may last 10 to 20 years, and you may need fewer repairs. However, exposed aggregates can be uncomfortable on bare feet.

Tile Finishes

Pool tile finishes may not be the most common, but their beauty is unparalleled. Tile is the most expensive pool finish choice, but it is also the most durable, so you may save money on repairs and replacement in the future.

In addition, tile finishes can also be used in many ways to create unique pools. You can choose tiles of one color or pay to have an entire design made out of tiles.

Many buyers prefer ceramic and porcelain tile because they are more affordable, but others prefer the traditional beauty of stone tiles (slate, granite, limestone, etc.), which can be used to make natural-looking pools.

A pool is a major investment, so you want to ensure you choose the pool perfect for your family and home. For more information about pool finishes or pools in general, contact us today at Anchor Pools & Spas. We’re an experienced pool maintenance contractor and will help you understand the long-term impact of your choice – and after your pool is built, we can maintain it for you.