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What Swimming Pool Finish or Surface Should I Choose?

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There are a lot of things to take into consideration when building a pool – the size, where it will be located, and what features you want it to have. But one factor that can have a significant impact on the atmosphere and aesthetic appeal of your poolscape are the pool finishes you choose.

 

Pool Finishes and Surface Options

Today's pool owner has a number of options when it comes to pool finishes, and even more options when it comes to color and texture. Our design experts at Tampa Bay Pools will work closely with you to determine which one will best fit your needs.

 

Read on below to learn more about the options available and the pros and cons of each.

 

Paint

Paint is popular for two reasons: it's inexpensive and you have a variety of color options available to you. The primary drawback is that paint has a considerably shorter lifespan than the other pool finishes on this list, and it does not deliver that same level of modern sophistication other surfaces offer.

 

Plaster

Basic plaster is a budget-friendly pool finish that leaves pools feeling smooth to the touch. The downside to this type of finish is that it does need to be replaced every 8 to 12 years, and it can suffer from wear and tear resulting in cracks, chips or hollow spots. It also stains more easily than other pool finishes.

 

Tile

Basic tiling gives pool owners the opportunity to create unique color combinations and shapes throughout their entire poolscape. Tiling can be the most flexible in terms of design, though it is more costly in comparison to paint and plaster.

 

Glass Tile

Arguably the most sophisticated of the pool finishes, glass tiling transforms pools into a glimmering mosaic of brilliant colors. Incredibly durable and long lasting, glass tiling is also one of the more expensive pool finishes on our list.

 

Aggregate

Aggregate pool finishes come in an array of colors and they are more durable than standard plaster. While expensive, if the pool is well maintained these pool finishes will stand the test of time.

 

PebbleTec

Textured and delivering a one-of-a-kind sparkle, natural pebble pool finishes like PebbleTec are in high demand since they are as durable as they are beautiful. Pool owners beware, however, as applying pebble pool finishes can take over one week to complete (but the results are certainly worth the wait).

 

The Choice Is Yours with Tampa Bay Pools, Inc.

Located in beautiful Brandon, Florida, Tampa Bay Pools, Inc. is an award-winning pool builder offering top quality pool finishes to pool owners in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding communities.

 

Start building your perfect backyard with My Staycation Builder, and call us today to chat about your pool dreams at (813) 684-3639.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

 

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

 

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

10 Ways to Find the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

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With such a wide selection of individuals and companies to choose from, finding just the right Tampa Bay pool builder can be a difficult task. But, as long as homeowners follow this checklist of 10 things to look for in the right pool builder, this crucial task will become significantly easier.

 

  1. How Many Years Under Your Current Name?

Rather than ask a Tampa Bay pool builder how long they've been in business, ask them how long they have been operating under their current name. This will give you an idea of how long they have been in business and will help you determine how reliable they are.

 

  1. Has the Company Ever Closed or Opened with Another Name?

Much like the question before, this will help you determine the reliability of the company and could hint at bankruptcy or other past troubles that could still be affecting business operations today.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Pool Builder or Broker?

The term "pool builder" is self explanatory – it's an individual or company who builds pools. A pool broker, on the other hand, is in the business of selling swimming pool service routes to individuals or companies.

 

  1. Ever Declared Bankruptcy?

Though not unheard of in today's tougher economic climate, it's always best to go with a company that you know has the financial backing and management skills to complete your project.

 

  1. Licensed and Bonded?

Professional contractors must be licensed to install or repair your pool, and a bond will protect you if the terms of the contract aren't met by your Tampa Bay pool builder.

 

  1. How Many Pools Built Since Opening?

More than the years that the company has been in business (though that too is important) you want to also ask how many pools the company has built. Ask about the types of pools they have built as well (i.e. some companies may be more experienced in fiberglass pools whereas others work primarily with gunite).

 

  1. Is Labor Coverage Included in your Warranty?

Having labor covered under warranty can save you thousands of dollars in potential repairs over the next few years.

 

  1. Do You Belong to any Associations?

Pool and spa associations won't just accept any company into their fold. Being a member of groups such as the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and the Master Pools Guild (MPG) speak volumes about the level of commitment to quality work by the pool builder.

 

  1. Do you Hire Contractors/Sub Contractors?

While many companies do successfully hire contractors and subcontractors to build pools, it’s often the best route to select a company that uses in-house employees. However, if they have a strong record and long history, then they likely have a good network of reliable and trustworthy contractors.

 

  1. Do You Offer a Variety of Interior and Exterior Pool Finishes?

If what you seek is a custom pool builder, then this question is incredibly important. Ask to see the company's interior and exterior pool finish options to ensure that you'll be able to build your fantasy aquatic retreat.

Luckily, we make choosing a pool builder easy. At Tampa Bay Pools we’ve been building pools and outdoor living spaces in Tampa Bay for years. Click here to read testimonials from your friends and neighbors who have trusted us with their backyard getaway.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

 

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

 

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.