Different Types of Pool Finishes

Your Swimming Pool is an extension of your home’s design; therefore, its theme should flow with the rest of your architecture. Pool finishes are the main feature that can be altered to make a pool fit in with its environment. 

There are a variety of pool finishes that can be used including tiles, plaster, and aggregate. On top of this, the finishes can come in different colors and textures according to your taste. Some finishes may be better for larger pools and some for smaller pools, however, there is no minimum size of pool for any of the finishes. 

Read on for more information on the different kinds of pool finishes you can use for your pool.

Different Types of Pool Finishes
Different Types of Pool Finishes

Plaster Finishes

Plaster pool finishes are the oldest and commonest type of pool finish. This finish is made from mixing cement, water, and silica sand or marble. Most pools have a plaster finish because it costs less than other finishes. Additionally, plaster is versatile, easy to use and it looks good when completed.

Plaster maintenance is quite easy as it will be five years before you see visible wear and tear that needs fixing. The best color for pool plaster finishing is grey because the final effect when the pool is filled with water is that of a blue ocean. Making the plaster dark will give the pool depth and make it look like a deep lake.

Aggregate Finishes

Aggregate pool finishes are made from materials such as rock, glass, pebbles or ceramic-coated crystals. These finishes have become increasingly popular due to the wide variety of styles and materials available. These finishes are still as durable as plaster finishes while having a better appearance. Depending on the material used some aggregate finishes like glass can be quite reasonably priced while some of the better rock finishes are more expensive.

There are two types of aggregate pool finishes: Exposed Aggregate and Polished Aggregate. With exposed aggregate, you set micro glass beads or river rock pebbles pneumatically onto your pool’s surface. The contractor would then power wash the pool with muriatic acid to remove the upper layer of concrete and expose the glass beads and pebbles beneath. 

This finish creates a rough surface that gives swimmers a better grip on the pool surfaces. If you want to have a pool that blends in with nature, consider building a Pebble Tec pool as it has a natural-looking appearance.

You make polished pool aggregate by finely crushing marble, granite or quartz and setting it in plaster. The final look is highly attractive as well as being functional and long-lasting. 

Different Types of Pool Finishes
Different Types of Pool Finishes


A tiled pool uses porcelain, glass, stone, or ceramic tiles on cement to cover a pool’s surface. Porcelain is the most popular type of tile finish on pools. However, some people prefer to use a combination of different materials. 

Tile finishes are the most durable but also the most expensive and time-consuming to install. Their appearance is beautiful, and maintenance is easy. In case a tile breaks one can easily replace it.

Your pool finish will complete and complement your building’s architecture. Plaster pools are the most cost-effective but least durable. Tiles are very durable but expensive. A happy compromise between price and durability is aggregate finishes. This is why they are becoming the most popular option for pool finishes. 

If you are looking for a reputable pool designer and builder in the Houston area, feel free to give regal pool design a call on 281-251-0044