You have decided to build a pool; in fact your dream pool is already built in your mind.  Now comes the hard part, getting the details on what is needed to build it.  An in-ground pool needs a foundation, piping and electricity to work.  After the basics are covered the goal for homeowners is to create a dramatic landscape around the pool keeping in mind safety and local, state and national rules and regulations.

There are various materials that can be used as the final layer of the pools interior.  The finishing layer of the pool is what is put on to create the water affect.  It gives the pool color and enhances the reflections of the lights surrounding the interior of the pool.  The finishing layer is also the layer that adds protection from slippery textures.  It is for your own benefit that you consider the material used to finish the pool.  Selecting the wrong material can throw off the entire pool and the feeling that you get when you use it.

It is also important to choose the correct finish for your in-ground pool as it will determine the level of maintenance required and the life span of the finish before resurfacing is required. Below you will find a list of pool materials that are used for pool finishes.  Research the advantages and disadvantages of each before you select the perfect material for your family’s in-ground pool.

Plaster:  Plaster is the most economical material used to finish the interior of in-ground pools.  The one disadvantage is the maintenance required to keep up on the plaster finish.  Plain white plaster when used on an in-ground pool finish needs to be reapplied every five to ten years.   It is important if you choose a plaster finish for your pool that you must take the time to keep up on the chemical balance within the pools water.  Discoloration, which makes pool unsightly if the chemicals are not kept up on in a plastered pool finish. It is important to know that pool plastering is a simple, inexpensive repair when needed for your in-ground pool.

Tiles: Tiles are a great pool material for the finish of an in-ground pool because of their increased lifespan over other materials.  They take more time to install than other materials although they tend to be worthy of the investment because they tend to be less expensive.

Pebbles: If you are looking for a natural appearance in your pool consider pebbles as a finish for the interior of your pool.  Pebbles can make the pool look like a lagoon or new rainforest.  Vary the aggregates used to vary the effect of the mixture. Pebble pool finishes are incredibly durable and resistant to the effects of chemicals used in treating pool water.  Another benefit of pebbles is that you do not need to use grout and they are resistant to staining.

Vinyl:  A vinyl pool finish is low maintenance and a good material that does not crack easily.  The lifespan of a vinyl in-ground pool is extensive as well.  The disadvantage with vinyl is that you are limited in the size and shape of the pool.

Fiberglass:  Fiberglass pools are expensive but are one of the best materials for in-ground pools because of how it feels on your feet.  Fiberglass is smooth and resistant to algae because it is non-porous. It is stronger than a lot of other pool finishes while remaining quite flexible.

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