Resurfacing your pool? Plaster vs. Pebble Tec

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Resurfacing your pool? New Pool? Plaster vs. Pebble Tec®

If you are wanting to build a new pool, or are just resurfacing your existing pool, you may be wondering, Pebble Tec® or Plaster? Well here is some information that may help you with your decision.

Plaster Pool Surface:

Plaster Pool SurfaceStandard pool plaster is the most well known style of pool surfacing. Most older pools have traditional plaster as an interior finish.? The standard marble-based mix has been around since the 1960s with many improvements over the years.

While plaster is much less expensive compared to Pebble Tec®, it has a few drawbacks to be aware of. It is highly susceptible to discoloring, staining, and harboring bacteria due to the porous nature of the material.

As a result, more chemicals are required to maintain a balanced water chemistry in a plaster pool. However, if a plaster pool is well maintained, then the above concerns will take years to develop into issues.


Pebble Tec® Pool Surface

Pebble Tec Pool Surface

Pebble Tec® is a newer trend and has become popular in the last couple of decades for good reason. While it is more expensive than plaster, it is the highest quality pool resurfacing material available due to its longevity and ability to hide chemical residue.

In a desert environment, such as the Coachella Valley / Palm Springs area, Pebble Tec® matches the natural surroundings much better than plaster. Pebble Tec® comes in multiple color shades ranging from tan to blue/green.

Pebble Tec® is made from specially formulated cement blended with pebble aggregates. The pebbles make up the majority of what you see, and a Pebble Tec® surface actually looks like the bottom of a creek or a riverbed.

Its a little rougher on your feet than plaster, and if that is a concern, you can check out Pebble Sheen® which is very similar to Pebble Tec® but has a duller surface.

A Pebble Tec® surface should last 20+ years with the proper care and maintenance.

For more information regarding resurfacing your pool interior surface, or deck surface, contact Perfectly Clear Pools at 760-867-0101 or send us an email to

Visit us at and submit to us one of our website contact forms with your questions and a representative will get back to you.



Link to source article: AZ Golf Homes


Posted on October 28, 2015