Glass beads and abalone shells

Padio

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Hello, I’m doing a pool resurface on my pool ,the dimensions are 18 x 32 feet, total 105 linear feet, I’m going to use a river rok natural pebble finish And the color is sapphire bay, which is a medium blue hue, I love the bling so I’m thinking of using 1 bag of blue beads and 1 bag of clear color beads , as well as 2 bags of abalone sea shells for extra bling, so my question is, that enough beads and sea shells? Or should I add more of each, and if so, how much of each? Thanks for your opinions, padio.
 

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I don’t think that’ll be enough. My pool is 15x30 and we added 3 or 4 a
Bags of glass beads. We didnt do abalone as many have commented that they stain the plaster over time. Hope this helps!
 

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I don’t think that’ll be enough. My pool is 15x30 and we added 3 or 4 a
Bags of glass beads. We didnt do abalone as many have commented that they stain the plaster over time. Hope this helps!
ok so how many bags of glass beads would you recommend? Considering the dimensions of my pool? Thanks for your advice 🙏🏻🙏🏻
 

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Hi, I will like to know if I go with abalone sea shells for extra bling in my pool, would the sea shells degrade over time and stain the floor of the pool? Thanks for the advice,
 

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Moved from here.. What color glass beads give the water a more vibrant sparkly blue. Need help asap :).

That is my current problem now lol but I'm in for the shells.
Just for reference here is a pic of the bead blends colors to help he next poor stressed souls like myself lol
Hi, I’m trying to decided in which Color of beads for my pool, can you please send me a link as to where I can see those pics of beads or a link as to where I can buy bags of beads? Thanks so much.
 
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Padio

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Hi, my pool size is 18x 32 feet, I’m resurfacing it with river rok and planning to use glass beads for more bling, so how many bags of beads would I need to use in order to see a difference in my pool? Someone suggested to use a ratio of 10 to 1 , meaning for every 10 bags of river rok , use one bag of beads, anyone else who can help me in this matter, I would really like it, thanks, max
 

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Hi, I’m going to resurface my pool with River rok pebble, I’m thinking of adding several bags of glass beads of different colors, I live in Miami, Florida and I don’t know where to go in order to buy them, I would like to buy at least 10 bags of glass beads, if anyone know
of any places near Miami, where I can go and buy them I would really appreciated if, thanks, max.
 

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I don't notice our glass beads hardly at all but the abalone shells shimmer like crazy in the sun. However, Some of them turned to a rust color within the first two months.
 

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Thanks for the info, by the way I have heard that abalone after a while leaks and leave the pool stained, is that true?
Yes ... but it depends.

If the plaster installer uses “pool grade” abalone certified fir use with the plaster you intend to install, then it’s not an issue. However if the installer uses any grade of abalone other than pool grade it can cause problems. Abalone shell is a natural material that means the shell contains proteins and organic materials that can react with chlorine and turn brown over time. Pool grade abalone shell is heat treated so that all of the organic material in them is burned off which ensures that the plaster surrounding the shell will not turn brown from chlorine reacting with the organic materials.

Discuss this with your installer prior to plastering your pool a request that all materials used are certified by the plaster provider (PebbleTec, CLI, SGM, etc.). Some less-reputable contractors try to use plaster materials sourced from generic suppliers in an effort to boost their bottom line. Make sure you personally inspect the bags being used. They should all have the logo of your chosen plaster provider on them.
 
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Yes ... but it depends.

If the plaster installer uses “pool grade” abalone certified fir use with the plaster you intend to install, then it’s not an issue. However if the installer uses any grade of abalone other than pool grade it can cause problems. Abalone shell is a natural material that means the shell contains proteins and organic materials that can react with chlorine and turn brown over time. Pool grade abalone shell is heat treated so that all of the organic material in them is burned off which ensures that the plaster surrounding the shell will not turn brown from chlorine reacting with the organic materials.

Discuss this with your installer prior to plastering your pool a request that all materials used are certified by the plaster provider (PebbleTec, CLI, SGM, etc.). Some less-reputable contractors try to use plaster materials sourced from generic suppliers in an effort to boost their bottom line. Make sure you personally inspect the bags being used. They should all have the logo of your chosen plaster provider on them.
By the way do you know what is the maximum amount of abalone shells I can use for my pool, my dimensions are 18x32 feet or 17k of gallons, thanks, max
 

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Hi guys, I’m resurfacing my pool and I’m deciding between these two finishes, my main concerns are durability, cost, confort to the feet, beauty of finish product, also I’m thinking of using glass beads as well as abalone shells for extra bling, can I use them in both finishes? Thanks in advance, max
 

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Hi, I need help deciding wether to use travertine or solid marble as coping , I heard that travertine is very porous? Would this be a problem? I live in Miami so the weather is very hot ,therefore mold can form, so should I go for solid marble for the coping? Thanks for the help, max
 

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Hi, I need help deciding wether to use travertine or solid marble as coping , I heard that travertine is very porous? Would this be a problem? I live in Miami so the weather is very hot ,therefore mold can form, so should I go for solid marble for the coping? Thanks for the help, max
Firstly, all natural stone is porous. But around a pool that’s a good thing. You can put sealant on stone tiles, but it can make them slippery when they are wet— and since sealant makes the water bead up instead of being wicked into the pores of the stone, the tile will likely stay wet longer.
Secondly, marble is prone to damage and staining because it is a relatively soft stone. That’s why most people don’t use it in kitchens... at least not in busy kitchens. There are exceptions, but most people find that in high-use areas, marble ultimately disappoints. But it is pretty.
Lastly, assuming this pool will be outdoors in the sun, you don’t need to worry about mold forming. The heat will only serve to help prevent mold or mildew by helping to dry the surface more quickly. If there‘s an area that is always shaded, you might get mildew in the grout (I’ve never heard of the actual stone becoming moldy), but even in the shade it would be a very rare occurrence given the heat. The good news is that the best way to clean mildew from groutlines, is bleach— and that‘s safe to use around the pool.
So no worries— pick the stone you 💕. All you’ll need to worry about is buying a bathing suit, cause you’ll be swimming pretty before you know it.
 
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Hi, I need help deciding wether to use travertine or solid marble as coping , I heard that travertine is very porous? Would this be a problem? I live in Miami so the weather is very hot ,therefore mold can form, so should I go for solid marble for the coping? Thanks for the help, max
here is something I learned that helped me decide to use travertine for my decking since there are so many myths and bs that fly around.. I just learned this & it's pretty amazing when you really think about it so I feel pretty good and safe in my choices consider that the Roman Coliseum has stood the test of time, and it is made of Travertine, you shouldn’t worry about the material breaking down
 
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