There are a huge array of pool surfaces on the market to choose from these days and a quick search of the internet will reveal dozens of companies urging you to click here to find out why their product is the best. In this article, we will look at some of the pros and cons of popular pool surfaces to help you decide which one is best suited to your circumstances and budget.
Tiles are regarded as one of the best pool surfaces you can have; they are easy to clean, durable and aesthetically pleasing due to the huge choice of colours and styles available. On the negative side, they are very expensive and require a skilled tiler to ensure they are properly installed and water tight. You can also have issues with algae building up in the grout between tiles and once they start to become worn or damaged, they can cost a fortune to repair.
Rough pebble pool surfaces have several advantages such as being non-slip and very durable. However, they share some of the same problems as tiles in that they are prone to algae due to the many small gaps and crevices between the pebbles. They can also increase wear and tear on automatic pool cleaners, meaning your cleaners wearing parts will need to be replaced more often.
Composite pool surfaces are rapidly gaining in popularity and are marketed under a plethora of different brand names. Made up of a mix of concrete, pebbles and other materials, they come in a range of colours and can greatly enhance the look of your pool. They are also easy to apply to irregular pool shapes and create a smooth, yet non-slip and therefore safer, surface. On the downside they are rather expensive and can run into to trouble with calcium build up and staining if the water in your pool is not chemically balanced correctly.
Vinyl is mostly used for above-ground pools or to reline an existing concrete pool that has a leak problem of is in need of a revamp. While cheap, vinyl is prone to tearing and can be damaged by chemicals if they are not added correctly.
Fibreglass remains a popular pool surface for its flexibility and durability. Most commonly, fibreglass pools are prefabricated in a factory and moved by truck to be installed on site. They have the advantage of being relatively cheap, and their forms are usually mass produced so they have been tried and tested. They usually come with all necessary fittings in place making installation quick and easy. The strength of fibreglass means that they rarely leak or crack and last for a very long time without significant maintenance.
These are the main options for choosing a pool surface, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Have a chat with the staff at your local pool shop to see what surfaces are common in your area and which they think would be best suited to your needs.