Pebble surfaces consist of small, smooth river pebbles embedded in plaster and exposed through acid washing of the pool surface prior to filling the pool with water.
Pebble pool surfaces were born in the 1960's in Australia by pool plaster companies. Initially, these surfaces were used on beach entries. (Pebble surfaces unlike standard plaster surfaces can be used in dry conditions, with proper installation. Standard plaster surfaces must remain submerged, otherwise, they will crack and fail!) Today, these surfaces have become one of the most requested upgrades in pool construction.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of pebble surfaces?
- Long life: On average pebble surfaces last upwards of 20 to 25 years. Standard plaster has a service life of 8 to 15 years.
- Extremely natural and beautiful in appearance.
- Various sizes of pebbles are offered for both look & feel. (How does a pebble pool feel? It has a texture similar to that of an orange peel, bumpy and undulating. With the use of polished river pebbles there are no sharp edges.
- Broad range of colors, from the tans of a sandy beach to the black, blue and gray blends. For a brief explanation on pebble colors and appearances you can visit one of my posts on The Garden Web.