…If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible.
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#4. Choosing old-fashioned white plaster
Used for decades for pool interiors, white plaster is tried and true. However, it is also tried and true to be more likely to etch, mottle, deteriorate from ultraviolet exposure, and show stains from water-chemistry imbalances.
A much better option is colored quartz aggregate. Quartz is a material harder than steel. The use of quartz in pool finishes was originally pioneered by industrial giant 3M, which developed a special colored aggregate to blend into the plaster mix.
The result is an interior pool finish that’s more attractive, more durable, and that comes in a variety of colors that resist chipping, fading, and staining. Because of these attributes, it is rare to hear of a pool with a quartz finish requiring an acid wash.
(Pebble-type finishes are also a great alternative to plaster. However, in many markets, these specialty finishes add at least several thousand dollars to the pool cost and can extend construction time.)