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Traditional Swimming Pool Plaster

Plaster may not be the most widely used and economical choice for today’s swimming pool surface.

white plaster1 300x179Before the technology of Quartz swimming pool surfaces, pebble surfaces, and the modified additives for traditional pool plaster, there was only white plaster. With today’s’ modified surfaces traditional plaster may not be the most economical choice for today’s swimming pool surface. The creamy blend of Portland white cement and crushed marble sand produces a smooth silky look as well as texture. This combination of material produces a surface with an average life span of 9 to 12 years. I’ve seen some surfaces hold it’s integrity for up to 20 years. As with all swimming pool surfaces, maintaining proper pool chemistry is paramount to longevity and family enjoyment.

Sacramento homeowners choose standard pool plaster for the traditional look and price. There are a couple of disadvantages of traditional pool plaster:

  1. Discoloration with age.
  2. Longevity – (9 – 12 years)

To maximize the life of traditional plaster buyers would have to consider other variables than just water clarity as part of there maintenance. With close observation and care for the plaster (PH, Alkalinity, and weekly maintenance) some customers can get fifteen plus years of usage before the needing to resurface their swimming pool. For a minimal expense, and in most cases practicality, the addition of products like “Silicone Shield” and Pozzolan additives can increase the life and resistance to dis-colorization of the plaster.