What are the Finishing Options for a Gunite Pool?

Compared to fiberglass or vinyl, gunite pools offer several compelling advantages: they have a naturally beautiful appearance and are highly durable with an average lifespan of 100 years or more, making them the most cost-effective type of pool in the long run. Another benefit of gunite pools is that since they are hand-built onsite, they can be easily customized to suit any style. One way to customize your gunite pool is through the type of interior finish you choose. For instance, here are a few of the most popular finishing options for gunite pools:

  • Plaster/Marcite. Made from a combination of cement, water, and sand or marble aggregate, plaster has a smooth texture and is usually a shade of white, gray, or black. While plaster tends to be less expensive than other finishing options, it is prone to “marble-izing” and also has a shorter life-span.
  • Quartz has emerged as a popular finishing option for its vibrant appearance that reflects sunlight and its silky smooth texture, which is gentle on skin and bathing suits. While it carries a higher price tag than plaster, it also tends to be long lasting.
  • Also known as exposed aggregate, pebble finishes have a natural appearance that complements a variety of pool designs. Available in a range of colors and textures, pebble finishes are generally durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean, making them a relatively low-maintenance choice.

Choosing the right finishing option is an exciting step in the process of building the custom gunite pool of your dreams. At Aqua Pool & Patio, our design experts are happy to guide you through the different options available and help you select the finish that best suits your style and preferences. Call us today at (860) 623-9886 to get started!