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 Plaster Finishes

Pool Finish Pros and Cons Today's   pool   and   spa   owners   have   many   reliable   and   beautiful   swimming   pool   finish   options   available   to   them.         From   the straightforward   simplicity   of   standard   white   plaster   to   the   rainbow   of   multi-colored   pebble   finishes,   and   a   spectrum   of   options between, the choices can be exciting - and also somewhat daunting without reliable information. With   so   many   finish   options   offered   by   today's   quality   pool-finish   specialists,   it's   understandable   that   savvy   customers   should want   to   explore   the   specific   benefits   and   drawbacks   inherent   in   the   various   surface   products.   Unfortunately,   the   choices   can   be confusing and the information about these products is at times even somewhat contradictory. To   help   guide   you   through   the   process   of   choosing   the   best   finish   for   your   home's   pool   or   spa,   we'll   cover   some   of   the   relevant information you should keep in mind as you discuss your choices with your designer or pool surface contractor. Perspectives on Finishes In   general,   pool   and   spa   finishes   belong   in   their   own   special   category,   because   unlike   other   masonry   or   hardscape"   surface products,   finishes   in   pools   and   spas   are   constantly   submerged   in   water.      This   obvious   fact   means   that   any   pool   finish   will   be   exposed to varying water chemistry conditions over time, especially if the pool or spa is maintained improperly. This    constant    exposure    to    pool    and    spa    water,    which    is    treated    with    a    variety    of    powerful    chemicals,    creates    a    dynamic environment   where   mineral   content   of   the   surface   and   water   are   constantly   interacting.      This   interaction   between   water   and   the surface   is   unavoidable   and   in   many   cases   will   cause   the   appearance   of   the   surface   to   change,   either   slowly   over   time,   or   in   some   rare instances,   far   more   rapidly.   In   many   cases   these   phenomenas   are   purely   cosmetic,   in   other   more   extreme   situations,   some   surfaces will   start   to   deteriorate.      The   decision   you   make   in   the   planning   stages   of   the   pool   or   spa   installation   process   will   have   a   significant impact on how well your pool or spa maintains its appearance over time. Classic White Standard   white   plaster   is   the   tried   and   true   pool   and   spa   surface   finish.      White   plaster   has   been   around   as   long   as   people   have been   building   swimming   pools   and   it   remains   a   popular   choice   in   spite   of   the   myriad   of   choices   that   have   come   into   the   market   in recent   years.      Its   simple   combination   of   white   cement,   white   marble   aggregate   and   water   make   for   an   economical   choice   that   will give you that classic swimming pool look. Strengths:      When   filled   with   water,   pools   and   spas   surfaced   in   white   plaster   create   a   brilliant,   clean,   light   blue   appearance   that   is very   smooth   to   the   touch.      A   long-time   favorite   for   many   customers,   it   remains   the   most   affordable   pool   finish   product   on   the market today.  Standard white plaster is a reliable product when installed by a quality contractor and properly maintained. Concerns:       It's   important   to   know   that   white   plaster   is   susceptible   to   all   water   conditions   especially   from   attacks   of   improperly maintained   or   fluctuating   chemical   conditions.   Therefore,   it   is   only   reasonable   to   expect   that   during   the   life   of   the   product,   it   will change   in   appearance.      These   changes   may   be   subtle   or   minor,   perhaps   slight   shading   or   scaling,   or   far   more   dramatic   in   the   form   of pronounced staining, etching, cracking, or delaminating in extreme cases. There   are   a   great   many   variables   in   play   when   it   comes   to   determining   the   exact   cause   of   such   changes   in   appearance   and   one could   spend   a   lifetime   exploring   the   complex   chemical   phenomena   at   the   heart   of   these   concerns.      For   the   purpose   of   selecting standard   white   plaster   it's   critical   to   be   fully   aware   that   it   is   a   relatively   "soft"   finish   compared   to   other   options   and   one   that   is   more susceptible to the effects of water chemistry than some newer innovative products. A Note on Colored Plaster By   its   nature,   colored   plaster   will   accentuate   all   of   the   characteristics   normally   found   in   white   plaster.      Mottling,   for   example, can   be   more   pronounced   in   colored   plaster   than   in   white.      Colored   plaster   may   also   exhibit   pigment   stains,   streaks,   unevenness   of color   and   more   noticeable   checking   and   crazing.      Also,   variations   of   shade   will   exist   between   color   sample   chips   and   mixed   plaster.     Over   time,   the   color   may   fade   completely   or   grow   gradually   lighter   and   will   often   not   be   the   precise   shade   that   was   anticipated.      It's important to note that none of these conditions are considered a deficiency of the product. Additives to the Mix Because   many   customers   want   the   economy   of   standard   plaster   surfaces,   but   would   also   like   to   avoid   some   of   the   problems listed   above,   material   suppliers   have   developed   highly   innovated   chemical   additives   that   can   be   used   in   the   mixing   and   application of   plaster.      These   products   alter   the   physical   and   chemical   composition   of   the   plaster   surface   increasing   its   strength   and   durability   - without sacrificing beauty or the smooth texture! These    products    contain    chemicals    known    as    "pozzalans"    that    essentially    take    the    weakest    element    in    plaster    (calcium hydroxide)   and   "lock   it   up"   so   that   it   is   less   susceptible   to   chemical   attacks.      Pozzolans   -   based   products   have   been   proven   to   reduce etching,   cracking,   mottling   and   other   problems,   as   well.      Another   category   of   admixtures   is   based   on   silicone   chemistry   which   has been proven to increase the plaster's ability to repel water, thus helping protect it from chemical attack. Strengths:      The   advantages   to   such   innovative   products   are   obvious.      Without   disrupting   the   natural   beauty   and   smoothness   of standard    white    or    colored    plaster,    these    admixtures    increase    the    surface's    ability    to    resist    the    effects    of    fluctuating    water chemistry. Concerns:       The   primary   concern   with   admixtures   is   that   they   do   increase   the   cost   of   the   pool   or   spa   finish.      And,   it   is   important   to note   that   while   these   products   have   been   proven   to   help   prevent   surface   problems,   they   are   not   fool-proof   and   in   some   cases   you may still see changes in the surface's appearance, although most likely to a far lesser degree. Aggregate Effects - Colored Ceramic Quartz Another   highly   innovative   addition   to   the   palette   of   surface   options   has   been   the   use   of   special   colored   ceramic   aggregate products.      These   aggregates   are   basically   a   very   specialized   form   of   ceramic-coated   sand   that   comes   in   a   variety   of   pre-mixed   plaster products. Strengths:       When   combined   with   white   or   colored   plaster,   aggregates   afford   a   broad   range   of   colors,   from   vivid   blues   and   reds,   to more   subtle   hues   such   as   beige   or   soft   greens   as   well.      It   also   has   the   advantage   of   creating,   a   much   more   durable   surface   than standard plaster, one that is harder and far more resistant to fluctuating chemical conditions. Concerns:       Again   surfaces   using   aggregates   are   more   expensive   than   standard   plaster   and   can   also   be   susceptible   to   some   surface problems, especially in the presence of extreme water chemistry conditions. Perhaps   the   ultimate   answer   to   all   pool   surface   concerns   comes   in   the   form   of   pebble   surfaces.      Pebble   surfaces   consist   of   small, smooth   river   pebbles   embedded   throughout   the   product.      Over   the   past   decade,   pebble   surfaces   have   increased   dramatically   in popularity and come in a broad range of colors and color combinations. Strengths:       Pebble   surfaces   are   beautiful,   extremely   natural   in   appearance,   come   in   a   wide   range   of   colors   and   they   are   the   most durable   surface   available.      Because   the   stone   material   that   comprises   river   pebbles   is   “chemically   inert",   it   is   unlikely   to   react   with swimming pool or spa water and is therefore less impervious to attack or alterations in appearance.  Concerns:       Because   the   surface   is   comprised   of   pebbles,   it   is   slightly   more   textured   than   the   surfaces   described   above.      It   is   also more costly and under the most extreme chemical conditions, even pebble surfaces can suffer damage. The Choice is Yours Any   of   the   products   and   surface   options   listed   here   can   provide   years   of   reliable   performance   and   dazzling   beauty   in   a   well-made and   well-maintained   pool   or   spa.      The   key   to   enjoying   that   success,   and   avoiding   unexpected   frustration,   is   to   understand   the strengths and weaknesses of each, and to choose wisely. Water Chemistry Defined The   importance   of   balanced   water   chemistry   cannot   be   overstated   in   its   role   in   maintaining   the   appearance   of   quality   pool   and spa surface products.
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The Exposed Aggregate Revolution
The color of the water in your pool is determined by several factors the most important being the finish that you choose. Below or examples for the color of the water. Please refer to the suppliers above for more specific examples 
For Blue Water
For Green Water
Blue
White
Black
Grey
Green
Brown
Tan
817-485-7525
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
Serving the DFW area since 1989
817-485-7525
©hartsell pools 2017
Call Today

 Plaster Finishes

Pool Finish Pros and Cons Today's   pool   and   spa   owners   have   many reliable    and    beautiful    swimming    pool    finish options     available     to     them.               From     the straightforward   simplicity   of   standard   white plaster   to   the   rainbow   of   multi-colored   pebble finishes,   and   a   spectrum   of   options   between, the     choices     can     be     exciting     -     and     also somewhat         daunting         without         reliable information. With    so    many    finish    options    offered    by today's     quality     pool-finish     specialists,     it's understandable   that   savvy   customers   should want    to    explore    the    specific    benefits    and drawbacks    inherent    in    the    various    surface products.    Unfortunately,    the    choices    can    be confusing    and    the    information    about    these products       is       at       times       even       somewhat contradictory. To   help   guide   you   through   the   process   of choosing   the   best   finish   for   your   home's   pool or    spa,    we'll    cover    some    of    the    relevant information   you   should   keep   in   mind   as   you discuss    your    choices    with    your    designer    or pool surface contractor. Perspectives on Finishes In   general,   pool   and   spa   finishes   belong   in their    own    special    category,    because    unlike other       masonry       or       hardscape"       surface products,     finishes     in     pools     and     spas     are constantly   submerged   in   water.      This   obvious fact     means     that     any     pool     finish     will     be exposed        to        varying        water        chemistry conditions   over   time,   especially   if   the   pool   or spa is maintained improperly. This    constant    exposure    to    pool    and    spa water,    which    is    treated    with    a    variety    of powerful      chemicals,      creates      a      dynamic environment    where    mineral    content    of    the surface   and   water   are   constantly   interacting.     This     interaction     between     water     and     the surface   is   unavoidable   and   in   many   cases   will cause     the     appearance     of     the     surface     to change,   either   slowly   over   time,   or   in   some rare    instances,    far    more    rapidly.    In    many cases   these   phenomenas   are   purely   cosmetic, in     other     more     extreme     situations,     some surfaces     will     start     to     deteriorate.          The decision   you   make   in   the   planning   stages   of the   pool   or   spa   installation   process   will   have a   significant   impact   on   how   well   your   pool   or spa maintains its appearance over time. Classic White Standard    white    plaster    is    the    tried    and true     pool     and     spa     surface     finish.          White plaster    has    been    around    as    long    as    people have    been    building    swimming    pools    and    it remains    a    popular    choice    in    spite    of    the myriad    of    choices    that    have    come    into    the market       in       recent       years.              Its       simple combination   of   white   cement,   white   marble aggregate   and   water   make   for   an   economical choice      that      will      give      you      that      classic swimming pool look. Strengths:      When   filled   with   water,   pools   and spas     surfaced     in     white     plaster     create     a brilliant,   clean,   light   blue   appearance   that   is very     smooth     to     the     touch.          A     long-time favorite   for   many   customers,   it   remains   the most    affordable    pool    finish    product    on    the market    today.        Standard    white    plaster    is    a reliable   product   when   installed   by   a   quality contractor and properly maintained. Concerns:         It's    important    to    know    that white     plaster     is     susceptible     to     all     water conditions       especially       from       attacks       of improperly        maintained        or        fluctuating chemical     conditions.     Therefore,     it     is     only reasonable   to   expect   that   during   the   life   of the    product,    it    will    change    in    appearance.      These     changes     may     be     subtle     or     minor, perhaps   slight   shading   or   scaling,   or   far   more dramatic   in   the   form   of   pronounced   staining, etching,   cracking,   or   delaminating   in   extreme cases. There   are   a   great   many   variables   in   play when   it   comes   to   determining   the   exact   cause of   such   changes   in   appearance   and   one   could spend     a     lifetime     exploring     the     complex chemical    phenomena    at    the    heart    of    these concerns.          For     the     purpose     of     selecting standard   white   plaster   it's   critical   to   be   fully aware    that    it    is    a    relatively    "soft"    finish compared    to    other    options    and    one    that    is more     susceptible     to     the     effects     of     water chemistry      than      some      newer      innovative products. A Note on Colored Plaster By      its      nature,      colored      plaster      will accentuate   all   of   the   characteristics   normally found   in   white   plaster.      Mottling,   for   example, can    be    more    pronounced    in    colored    plaster than    in    white.        Colored    plaster    may    also exhibit    pigment    stains,    streaks,    unevenness of    color    and    more    noticeable    checking    and crazing.      Also,   variations   of   shade   will   exist between     color     sample     chips     and     mixed plaster.          Over     time,     the     color     may     fade completely   or   grow   gradually   lighter   and   will often    not    be    the    precise    shade    that    was anticipated.      It's   important   to   note   that   none of       these       conditions       are       considered       a deficiency of the product. Additives to the Mix Because      many      customers      want      the economy    of    standard    plaster    surfaces,    but would   also   like   to   avoid   some   of   the   problems listed       above,       material       suppliers       have developed         highly         innovated         chemical additives   that   can   be   used   in   the   mixing   and application   of   plaster.      These   products   alter the   physical   and   chemical   composition   of   the plaster    surface    increasing    its    strength    and durability   -   without   sacrificing   beauty   or   the smooth texture! These   products   contain   chemicals   known as     "pozzalans"     that     essentially     take     the weakest       element       in       plaster       (calcium hydroxide)   and   "lock   it   up"   so   that   it   is   less susceptible   to   chemical   attacks.      Pozzolans   - based   products   have   been   proven   to   reduce etching,       cracking,       mottling       and       other problems,     as     well.          Another     category     of admixtures    is    based    on    silicone    chemistry which     has     been     proven     to     increase     the plaster's   ability   to   repel   water,   thus   helping protect it from chemical attack. Strengths:           The      advantages      to      such innovative    products    are    obvious.        Without disrupting         the         natural         beauty         and smoothness     of     standard     white     or     colored plaster,      these      admixtures      increase      the surface's     ability     to     resist     the     effects     of fluctuating water chemistry. Concerns:           The     primary     concern     with admixtures   is   that   they   do   increase   the   cost of   the   pool   or   spa   finish.      And,   it   is   important to   note   that   while   these   products   have   been proven    to    help    prevent    surface    problems, they   are   not   fool-proof   and   in   some   cases   you may      still      see      changes      in      the      surface's appearance,    although    most    likely    to    a    far lesser degree. Aggregate Effects - Colored Ceramic Quartz Another   highly   innovative   addition   to   the palette   of   surface   options   has   been   the   use   of special    colored    ceramic    aggregate    products.      These      aggregates      are      basically      a      very specialized   form   of   ceramic-coated   sand   that comes     in     a     variety     of     pre-mixed     plaster products. Strengths:       When   combined   with   white   or colored    plaster,    aggregates    afford    a    broad range   of   colors,   from   vivid   blues   and   reds,   to more   subtle   hues   such   as   beige   or   soft   greens as   well.      It   also   has   the   advantage   of   creating, a   much   more   durable   surface   than   standard plaster,    one    that    is    harder    and    far    more resistant to fluctuating chemical conditions. Concerns:                 Again        surfaces        using aggregates   are   more   expensive   than   standard plaster   and   can   also   be   susceptible   to   some surface   problems,   especially   in   the   presence of extreme water chemistry conditions. Perhaps   the   ultimate   answer   to   all   pool surface   concerns   comes   in   the   form   of   pebble surfaces.        Pebble    surfaces    consist    of    small, smooth    river    pebbles    embedded    throughout the    product.        Over    the    past    decade,    pebble surfaces      have      increased      dramatically      in popularity    and    come    in    a    broad    range    of colors and color combinations. Strengths:       Pebble   surfaces   are   beautiful, extremely   natural   in   appearance,   come   in   a wide   range   of   colors   and   they   are   the   most durable   surface   available.      Because   the   stone material     that     comprises     river     pebbles     is “chemically   inert",   it   is   unlikely   to   react   with swimming   pool   or   spa   water   and   is   therefore less    impervious    to    attack    or    alterations    in appearance.  Concerns:             Because      the      surface      is comprised     of     pebbles,     it     is     slightly     more textured   than   the   surfaces   described   above.     It    is    also    more    costly    and    under    the    most extreme     chemical     conditions,     even     pebble surfaces can suffer damage. The Choice is Yours Any   of   the   products   and   surface   options listed     here     can     provide     years     of     reliable performance    and    dazzling    beauty    in    a    well- made   and   well-maintained   pool   or   spa.      The key    to    enjoying    that    success,    and    avoiding unexpected   frustration,   is   to   understand   the strengths    and    weaknesses    of    each,    and    to choose wisely. Water Chemistry Defined The      importance      of      balanced      water chemistry   cannot   be   overstated   in   its   role   in maintaining    the    appearance    of    quality    pool and spa surface products.
The Exposed Aggregate Revolution
Click logo to see Samples
The color of the water in your pool is determined by several factors the most important being the finish that you choose. Below or examples for the color of the water. Please refer to the suppliers above for more specific examples 
For Blue Water
For Green Water
Blue
White
Black
Grey
Green
Brown
Tan
Hartsell Pool Renovations
Hartsell Pool Renovations
Hartsell Pool Renovations
Hartsell Pool Renovations