Swimming Pool Finishes

In the past, pool builders only had one pool finish option: concrete pool finish. Today, though, there are many different pool finishes to choose from. Each finish has its unique features and benefits. This guide will provide an overview of the most common pool finish options — courtesy of pool design and resurfacing experts here at United Pools & Renovations.


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A pebble finish is a combination of hydraulic cement and smoothed river pebbles. It’s a favourite for in-ground pool owners yearning for a finish that mimics the rustic look of a lakebed. This option provides different coloured plasters to help you attain your desired look, texture, and feel.

Pebble finish can also be applied over nearly any pool surface and can create an extremely strong and durable finish. Speaking of durability, did you know pebble finishes can last for over 20 years? If you want to give your pool an elegant and long-lasting look, a pebble finish can be an excellent option.


The glass bead finish is another popular type of aggregate pool finishes that you can try out. As the name implies, a glass bead finish combines white cement, glass beads, and natural stones. The glass plaster finish reflects light in a way that makes your pool look even more classy, inviting, and expensive. The light reflection also has an expanding effect that makes your pool larger and spacious.

Beware: If installed by a non-professional, you may end up with broken glasses at the bottom of your pool, which could cause serious injuries. Our resurfacing experts can help you install a glass bead finish safely. Get in touch.


The glass tile pool finish has been gaining traction in recent times, and for good reason. From an aesthetic perspective, glass tiles offer a sparkling, stylish, and luxurious effect that no other finish can match. This finish also helps brighten your swimming pool without overwhelming the eye. Glass tiles are also available in a seemingly infinite range of textures, feel, and colour. They are also highly resistant to extreme weather conditions and blend superbly well with other exterior elements around your pool.


You can’t talk about swimming pool finishes and fail to mention the tiled finish. The tiled finish comes in various design variations such as porcelain tiles, stone tiles, etc. This aspect makes it the most customizable option than other types of pool finishes. They also have an attractive and classy look and lend a shimmering quality to the pool. But the merits of tile finishes go beyond aesthetics. This finish is highly durable and can work with any swimming pool: above-ground pools, inground pools, indoor swimming pools, concrete pools, etc.


Are you planning to resurface your swimming pool? With over 20 years of experience in pool renovations, we are a trusted name in pool resurfacing. Our team of trained professionals will be happy to discuss your requirements and create a solution that perfectly suits your taste and budget. Contact United Pools & Renovations today for a free quote.

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