I'm trying to decide on which pebble finish to use on my pool renovation project. I have a few bids from different pool companies and each is quoting different manufacturers for their pebble finishes that they install and the cost varies considerably between the quotations. Are these three manufacturers about the same in quality of their pebble finishes or is there one that's better than the other? All offer lifetime warranty but Pebble-Tec is the most expensive out of the quotes I've received so far.
Also, does anyone have knowledge or the all glass bead finishes like Pebble-Tec's Beadcrete or Stonescapes' Jewelscapes products? These glass bead finishes are the priciest of their product lines but I'm concerned that the glass beads may have a tendency to come loose from their cement substrate and "shed" over time with brushing, given that the glass beads are smoother than the embedded pebble aggregate. It seems to me that the smoother glass beads may lose their adhesion and come loose over time...but that's just my thought...no hard evidence to back that up. One thing one contractor told me though was that Beadcrete warranty doesn't cover the glass beads coming loose. That doesn't make much sense to me that the most expensive pool finish wouldn't warranty adhesion problems with their product. I think that contractor was trying to sell me the Jewelscapes product that they install since they don't install the Beadcrete product line.
I'd appreciate any information and/or experience people have with which pebble finish is the better quality...if there really is any difference between the three manufacturers.