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7 Popular Pool Finishes For Texas Homes

Trending Pool Finishes and Surfaces

Did you know that Texas is one of the states with the highest number of pools? So, with a large number of pools comes the need for different pool finishes. After all, who wants to have the same pool look like their neighbor. Most of us want our own unique and impressive poolscape.

During this unusual time of the COVID pandemic, Texans are choosing to spend more time at home; therefore, they’re making the most of their backyards. New pool construction has increased drastically over the past eight months. However, pool renovations are also on the rise.

For those living in the Texas sunbelt and have an inground concrete (gunite) pool, you may want to consider replastering and updating your pool finish during the colder months. This ensures it will be in tip-top shape when the warmer weather sets in, and it certainly lengthens the lifespan of the pool. If you are one of the many who have decided to build a pool in your backyard, also take a look at a few popular pool finishes below to get ideas.

With the vast array of pool finishes and surfaces on the market today, below we have compiled a list to help make your decision easier. 

Read on to learn more about the latest trends in pool finishing options. 

Pool Finishes; Selecting the Right Surface

When it comes to pool finishes, there are seven main types to choose from; plaster, pebble, quartz, tile, paint, exposed aggregate, and glass beading.

The type you choose will affect your pool’s look, so it’s essential to know the difference. The pool finish will determine the color of the pool water. A lighter color will give your pool a lighter contemporary look, whereas a darker finish will provide a deeper hue for a more natural look.


Plaster has been around since the 1960s and is the most popular choice among homeowners. It is the least expensive while still giving your pool a classic and timeless look.

Plaster is the final coating of the pool. It provides a tight seal for the water. This surface is porous yet smooth, hard, and is white in color. When the water is added to the pool, the plaster will give the water a light blue color.

Plaster can be dyed to a color that suits your home’s decor and landscape. Various shades of black, blue, gray, and more are available.

Its porous texture can be more prone to staining than other finishes, therefore requiring more maintenance. On the upside, it is tough so that it can handle high chemical usage.

A popular pool plaster is the white marble finish.

White Marble Plaster 

White marble plaster is the most common type used for most swimming pools and other spa products. It’s a mix of white cement, aggregate white marble, and water. This type of plaster has a lifespan of up to ten years.

Despite the new plaster options available today, white marble plaster continues to be a popular choice.

If you’re looking for a more contemporary pool look and feel, this finish may be exactly what you need. 


A pebble pool surface is one of the newer and more trendy pool finish options.

The pebble pool surface is made with a combination of tiny pebbles and stone and provides a textured rougher surface than plaster and quartz.

Pebble finishes provide for a natural look. This type of finish can last up to twenty years, making it both durable and beautiful. 


A quartz finish is a top choice for homeowners who are looking for a high-end pool finish. It can be pricey, but the appearance is impressive.

The colors can shimmer as the finish reflects the light from the sun or night lighting around the pool.

Its lifespan is long, and it’s easier to clean and maintain than other finishes. Upfront, the price is more, but it may be the right choice in the long run if you are looking for a rich and luxurious look.


Tile is another long-lasting pool finish. It is also easy to clean and maintain.

Tiles are typically made from three materials; stone, porcelain, and glass, or a combination of all three. Porcelain is the least expensive, with stone coming in second, and glass the most expensive.


When choosing to paint, the painter should use two-pack epoxy paint.

The pros of painting are the smooth surface and variety of colors to choose from. The con to painting is its short lifespan. It typically only lasts a year or two.

Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate is excellent to use for pools that have tanning shelves and beach entries.

They are a natural product, strong and durable but more costly than other finishes. Because of their durability, they have a long lifespan, which can add value to your home, making it a significant investment.

Glass Beading

This type of pool finish is a new hot trend. It provides for a beautiful finish and look, reflecting brilliant light. Glass beading comes in a wide array of colors and is durable making it an option to consider.

You Have Plenty of Choices for Pool Finishes 

As you can see there are plenty of pool finish options to consider when deciding on which is best for you and the look and feel you want to achieve.

Are you ready to learn more and get started? Contact the team at Precision Pools and Spas today. You can rest assured knowing that you will have the look of a resort-like escape, in your own backyard. 

Below we are providing you with a few of the Texas Counties we build new pools and do renovations and remodels in.

Houston, Trinity, Polk, Colorado, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jefferson, Wharton, Fort Bend, Waller, Washington, Brazos, Austin, Brazoria, Matagorda, Jackson, Madison, Grimes, San Jacinto, Leon and beyond.

We have two locations, one in Sugarland, TX, and the other in Magnolia TX. Feel free to stop by.

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