Plaster is one of the most common and least expensive finishes available to homeowners today. It’s generally applied over a concrete shell and can be dyed a variety of colors to match with the surrounding design. While white is still the most common plaster color, other colors can be used to help the design flow with other features of the yard, such as decks and the surrounding landscaping.
While some fading can occur with colored plaster, it’s unlikely to be very noticeable. It can, however, be stained by leaf debris or an excessive amount of metal in the water chemistry. As with any pool, maintaining a proper balance in the water’s chemicals is key to the health of the structure. Standard white plaster will last for several years before it should be retouched or replaced, but a crushed quartz additive can be used to both strengthen it and increase the sheen of the finish.
This quartz additive can not only extend the life of plaster to between 15 and 20 years, but it also gives the pool owner a variety of colors to choose from. This additive is very durable and can be given either smooth or slip-resistant finish. While the slip-resistant finish may give you a rougher surface and including a quartz additive does cost a bit more than standard plaster, it not only upgrades the look of a pool, but it also helps to decrease the risk of slipping and falling from the pool’s edge.
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