We've been debating pool plaster color for months now. One of our friends that we're relying on for advice swears that we should go with a dark color because they had horrible problems with stains on their white plaster finish. They say that just about anything will leave a stain on it. We have been really concerned about this, because we love our garden and trees and have planned from the start to leave all trees in place regardless of the clean up work this will create. (two sweet gums and a two medium sized live oaks basically directly over the pool). I know ... I know ... we're going to hate those trees within the 1st two months of pool use.
We've continued to lean towards a white bottom because we know several people who have that and it always looks fine to us. ( minimal stains even for those with a tree nearby)
This weekend, the heavy winds and rain left about a dozen sweetgum leaves on my travertine coping. After just 24 hours, I had a perfect imprint of a leaf on the travertine. It came off, but it took a cleaner and some scrubbing. Not a problem for now, but when my travertine pavers are in and fall hits, there's no way I'm going to keep up with that.
Needless to say, our level of concern has gone up on stains. Will the leaves create stains on my pool bottom? Will plaster color make a difference? Will I have a travertine stained nightmare?