Have an inground pool in need of replastering? There are several different alternatives to replastering a pool. The typical white plaster is often the least expensive route when replastering your swimming pool, however, there are alternatives available that are more stain-resistant, easier to maintain, and last longer. Stone, pebble, tile, fiberglass, and quartz are all popular alternatives to the standard white plaster. Appearance, maintenance, durability, and cost all need to be taken into consideration when deciding which alternative is the right choice for your pool.
While tile can be fairly expensive to install in your swimming pool, most pool contractors that work on remodeling consider this alternative to regular plaster to be the best choice in the long run. Its high up-front cost, however, prevents many people from choosing tile as an alternative to replastering. A tile surface typically lasts for several decades, making it worth the cost. Both ceramic and glass tile are nearly maintenance-free, with only the occasional cleaning and possibly re-grouting required. Tile doesn’t need acid treatments, painting, or other rather aggressive methods of cleaning that are often needed with plastered pools. A tile pool surface is also smooth with virtually an unlimited selection of color options. It is also resistant to chemicals and harsh weather.
Pebble and Stone
Stone and pebble finishes to a swimming pool tend to give your pool a more natural look. This type of finish is actually still plaster but with different components mixed in. The addition of this combination creates a more stain resistant and durable finish. Due to the stone material used being chemically inactive, this alternative to replastering a pool isn’t as likely to have a reaction with pool chemicals. Pebble finishes can cost twice as much as the standard white plaster and can be rough, but they typically last over fifteen to twenty years. This type of pool finish also blends well with landscaped surrounding or rockscapes.
Quartz is a popular alternative to replastering a pool because of its durability and appearance. A quartz pool finish often consists of a high percentage of quartz mixed into white cement. This type of finish typically lasts twelve to fifteen years, whereas the standard plaster last usually about seven years. Quartz finishes are more resistant to changes in chemical conditions as well. Quartz also comes in several colors, such as vivid blue hues to subtler colors like beige. This offers a variety of different looks to a swimming pool. The varied surfaces of quartz finishes also hides mineral stains and other blemishes, and gives the water a more natural appears, like the ocean or a lagoon.
The durability of fiberglass pool surfaces varies. If installed and maintained properly, fiberglass can lasts for several decades. Fiberglass surfaces on the lower end of quality, however, may need to be refinished about every four years or so. This type of pool surface typically is the least expensive of these alternatives to replastering your pool. Fiberglass is also easier to clean compared to standard plaster.