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    Generic pool finishes

    We like the idea of upgrading the pool surface from a basic plaster to something that will last longer before needing to be resurfaced. My understanding is that quartz aggregates like Diamondbrite or Quartzscapes add some longevity, but pebble adds significantly more. Is that correct?

    If we determine pebble is the best and we don't mind the added roughness (I would appreciate firsthand opinions on this too, please!), we are wondering if we can get a good result by using a generic pebble instead of name brand like Pebble Tec for the cost savings. I know there would be a warranty difference, but if we are not attached to a brand name, might this be a good option?
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    Re: Generic pool finishes

    Stick with top brand like CLI, or NPT if you really want Pebble and don't want a PT price. Comparable, or arguably better than PT is WetEdge, so that might be an option to consider. Likely not a lot of savings, but possibly some. Quartz is a fantastic option for in between plaster and pebble, so don't dismiss it entirely. I love mine, and would likely choose it again over pebbles.
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    Re: Generic pool finishes

    Thank you, Patrick, for your insight. How does your quartz feel on your feet? I've heard it is rougher than plaster but not as rough as pebble. Is that your experience?
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    Re: Generic pool finishes

    It's actually smoother than some older plaster pools I've been in. Worlds smoother than any pebble finish for sure. Even the micro fine pebble finishes. It's very nice.
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    Re: Generic pool finishes

    Look at http://www.ecopoolfinish.com this is a plastic finish that chemical balances won't bother
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    Re: Generic pool finishes

    It's more of a grainy feeling to me
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