How can you select the best colors for your pool interior? This color above can be achieved with quartz. What do I mean by quartz?
Below, I explain the three primary choices for pool interiors.
This is an introduction to pool interiors.
A. Quartz: $$
B. Pebble: $$$
C. Glass beads: $$$$
D. Tile for the entire interior of the pool: $$$$$$ and some
Many clients tend to have the same preferences. They prefer truer blues or deeper blues. But they steer clear of grays and greens. Black is best avoided entirely. It is very difficult to control consistency and to maintain.
Below are the Primary Qualities of each Product.
I will omit white plaster, because it is the hotel cheap interior. In bygone years, it was long lasting with asbestos. It has become the most frequently reapplied interior.
A. Quartz Products: The Most popular Three Colors:
1. Color Quality and Selection
• The first color is the best blue. It is similar to a blue sky.
• The second color should be avoided, along with the third color of black.
In my experience, with the darker colors (second and third), they become really patchy and mottled. By patchy, imagine a three year old at work to create a painting. You might get the idea.
2. Quartz Longevity
• It can look great for a several years (lasts up to 15 years).
• I mean it will be structurally strong but not aesthetically pleasing, whenever it ages.
Aging, it wears and has patchiness and mottling. If you are a perfectionist, you should avoid quartz products.
3. Quartz Pricing: $$
• Affordable and lowest price of the options (aside from plaster).
• Typically, it is $1,000 more than white plaster.
Quartz Interior. This is an example of mottling with various shades of the blue/gray color. If this had been a pebble interior, it would have looked superior, in the first year, as in two decades.
B. Pebble Products
Aqua Blue Pebblesheen: Blue Surf Sheen: Tropical Breeze Pebbletec
• More consistency in color, with some mottling. It is comparable to natural stone, in its variation of tones.
• Avoid any colors with gray, unless you have a gray color palette.
Pebblesheen and Pebbletec Longevity
• Never re-do interior again.
• This product will last up to 40 years if maintained.
A twenty year old pool can look as good as it did in the first week. Pebble costs more but is worth the investment. Also, another quality is its forgiving resilience to chemical imbalances.
Pebblesheen and Pebbletec Pricing: $$$
• Pebbletec has a lower cost than its relative the sheen (larger pebbles).
• Pebblesheen has a higher cost than Pebbletec (smaller pebbles).
Quality in the pebble Quantity
A few words from an expert: There are many pebble products on the markets. But the consistency is different.
One example is percentage of pebbles. Some use 60%. Some use 70%. I recommend Pebbletec and Pebblesheen because they have 90%—95% pebble surface.
Tahoe Blue Pebbletec interior (best to avoid this color) The color has green tinges. But worse than that, it has gray for steps and benches.
Source: Adams Pool Specialties
Blue Lagoon Pebbletec (Much more refreshing blue!)
C. Glass Bead Products: $$$$
Oasis: Clearwater: Deep Water
Pebble Brilliance by Pebbletec
Unfortunately, a few leaves are in the bottom. There is a lazy cleaning system, in this stunning interior.
Pebble Brilliance Longevity
• Will last as long as pebble products
• Glass might have less longevity in harsh chemical conditions
I would say that the glass beads might be susceptible to deterioration in harsh conditions. Just look at some of your better glassware if placed in the dishwasher. I am still researching this product but have read mixed reports.
Again, avoid gray colors in this range too. Color principles are the same, regardless of product.
Pebble Brilliance Pricing: $$$$
• It will definitely add several thousands of dollars to the cost.
• Tiles pools are award winning pools.
• Tiled interiors will not only outlast pebble but always be in style with a wow factor.
This is an Award Winning Pool, by Lew Akins.
Ocean Quest Pools Belton, Texas
Lapis Blue Tones
If you want really wonderful luxury color and surface, try glass tiles. This is one of David Knox’s amazing glass tiles: Lightstreams.
This is a comparative glass tile to Lightstreams. Do you see any difference in color and quality?
This is phenomenal, with an opal style quality and is great for a step trim.
Lightstreams Shell Beach Decorative Tiles
Finally, you should be aware of the term mottling. It is normal and part of all interiors, except tiled pools.