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Pebble Technology, Inc.® Brand pool finishes

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The finish that changed interior pool coating standards in the U.S. forever is still the standard by which all others are measured. Each and every Pebble Tec brand pool finish is composed of the finest materials gathered from the most exotic natural settings around the globe. These carefully selected materials, combined with an exclusive time-tested cement formula, can only be applied by fully trained and licensed installers such as David Cooke Plaster Company. It's this unmatched combination that results in the most durable, superior quality pool finishes in the world — backed by a name you know and trust.

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Pebble Tec® brand pool finishes

This is the original pebble finish and it still delivers the enduring natural elegance and durability that combine beauty with exceptional value.

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Pebble Sheen® brand pool finishes

This pool finish provides the natural beauty and durability of original Pebble Tec, along with a smoother, more sophisticated elegance.

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Pebble Fina® brand pool finishes

This finish combines the classic look of venetian plaster and the durablity of Pebble Tec for an enduring, timeless elegance — the perfect blend of old world beauty and new world technology.

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Beadcrete brand pool finishes

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Traditional plaster pool finishes

Selecting the Proper Pool Finish


Today's pool and spa owners have many reliable and beautiful swimming pool finish options available to them. From the straightforward simplicity of standard white plaster to the rainbow of multi-colored pebble finishes, and a spectrum of options between, the choices can be exciting - and also somewhat daunting without reliable information.

David Cooke Plaster Company, LLC can help make your decision!

Perspectives on Finishes

In general, pool and spa finishes belong in their own special category, because unlike other masonry or "hardscape" surface products, finishes in pools and spas are constantly submerged in water. This obvious fact means that any pool finish will be exposed to varying water chemistry conditions over time, especially if the pool or spa is maintained improperly.

This constant exposure to water, which is treated with a variety of powerful chemicals, creates a dynamic environment where mineral content of the surface and water are constantly interacting. This interaction between water and the surface is unavoidable and in many cases will cause the appearance of the surface to change, either slowly over time, or in some rare instances, far more rapidly.

In many cases these phenomenas are purely cosmetic, in other more extreme situations, some surfaces will start to deteriorate. The decision you make in the planning stages of the pool or spa installation or renovation process will have a significant impact on how well your pool or spa maintains its appearance over time.

Classic White

Standard white plaster is the tried and true pool and spa surface finish. White plaster has been around as long as people have been building swimming pools and it remains a popular choice in spite of the myriad of choices that have come into the market in recent years. Its simple combination of white cement, white marble aggregate and water make for an economical choice that will give you that classic swimming pool look.

Strengths: When filled with water, pools and spas surfaced in white plaster create a brilliant, clean, light blue appearance that is very smooth to the touch. A long-time favorite for many customers, it remains the most affordable pool finish product on the market today. Standard white plaster is a reliable product when installed by a quality contractor and properly maintained by the homeowner or service company.

It's important to know that white plaster is susceptible to all water conditions especially from attacks of improperly maintained or fluctuating chemical conditions. Therefore, it is only reasonable to expect that during the life of the product, it will change in appearance. These changes may be subtle or minor, perhaps slight shading or scaling, or far more dramatic in the form of pronounced staining, etching, cracking, or delaminating in extreme cases.

A Note on Colored Plaster

By its nature, colored plaster will accentuate all of the characteristics normally found in white plaster -- something many homeowners love about the appearance. Mottling, for example, can be more pronounced in colored plaster than in white. Colored plaster may also exhibit pigment stains, streaks, unevenness of color and more noticeable checking and crazing. Also, variations of shade will exist between color sample chips and mixed plaster. Over time, the color may fade completely or grow gradually lighter and will often not be the precise shade that was anticipated. It's important to note that none of these conditions are considered a deficiency of the product.

Aggregate Effects - Colored Ceramic Quartz

Another highly innovative addition to the palette of surface options has been the use of special colored ceramic aggregate products. These aggregates are basically a very specialized form of ceramic-coated sand that comes in a variety of pre-mixed plaster products.

Strengths: When combined with white or colored plaster, aggregates afford a broad range of colors, from vivid blues and reds, to more subtle hues such as beige or soft greens as well. It also has the advantage of creating, a much more durable surface than standard plaster, one that is harder and far more resistant to fluctuating chemical conditions.

The Exposed Aggregate Revolution

Perhaps the ultimate answer to all pool surface concerns comes in the form of pebble surfaces. Pebble surfaces consist of small, smooth river pebbles embedded throughout the product. Over the past decade, pebble surfaces have increased dramatically in popularity and come in a broad range of colors and color combinations.

Strengths: Pebble surfaces are beautiful, extremely natural in appearance, come in a wide range of colors and they are the most durable surface available. Because the stone material that comprises river pebbles is “chemically inert", it is unlikely to react with swimming pool or spa water and is therefore less impervious to attack or alterations in appearance.

The Choice is Yours

Any of the products and surface options listed here can provide years of reliable performance and dazzling beauty in a well-made and well-maintained pool or spa. The key to enjoying that success, and avoiding unexpected frustration, is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each, and to choose wisely.

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