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Are you looking to renovate your swimming pool? Think about the different plaster options when it comes time for a new interior surface. Cipriano Landscape Design- NJ


Are the walls and floors in your swimming pools in need of a touch up or new finish? Think about renovating your pool with a plaster upgrade. There are a couple of different plaster options that are out there so we wanted to take a second to talk about some of the differences between them.

The standard industry plaster is called Marcite, which is made of a mixture of crushed marble and white cement. This is then mixed with water and applied to the pool walls and floor to give it that nice smooth finish. This was one of the first aggregate plasters and has been around for a long time.

Diamond Brite is a plaster mixture that uses natural quartz instead of marble. This is one of the most used plaster finishes and is highly regarded because the quartz wont dissolve away even with the harshest swimming pool chemicals. This plaster is also very resistant to stains and the state of the art polymer in the cement improves the bonding which is more resistant to water than the industry standard.

Hydrazzo was the first polished pool finish for exposed aggregates in the industry. Because of the polished finish this plaster is silky smooth to the touch, a nice feature for pool walls and floors. Hydrazzo consists of marble aggregates and other graded color aggregates to achieve subtle differences between different products.

Pebble Tec plaster finishes are the original brand to incorporate pebbles of different colors from around the world into their aggregate. This is a very good finish for those who want a more natural style with their swimming pool floors and walls as the natural pebbles provide that look and feel.

Jewelscape is a plaster that incorporates smooth glass beads into its aggregate to create amazing colors and finishes. Jewelscape offers a variety of different options that all shimmer the way glass does when light reflects off it through water.

The longevity of any plaster is dependent on proper maintenance and pool chemistry. Entry-level plasters are not as forgiving when it comes to organic and chemical stains. Larger texture aggregate finishes are the most durable and can be treated aggressively if stained; however overexposure to acid treatments can leave a very rough finish.  Aggregate and glass bead plasters are a great way to finish the interior of your swimming pool and we hope that knowing a little more about the different options that are out there will help inform you when it comes time to choose. If you have further questions ask an experienced pool builder who has installed some of these different finishes and can provide you with further guidance.