Pool Finish and Color Viewing Room...TFP Member Sound Off

Prettygirlt5

Member
Jun 5, 2020
7
Saint Louis/MO
No, the color stayed pretty much the same. It has a green tint to it but it reminds me more of a shade of green in a tropical lagoon or the Colorado River from the top of the Grand Canyon, not of algae or anything like that. It nice, no one here regrets the choice. I like it because it does go with all of the browns here in Arizona but still shows nice contrast. And I think I have just about the only pool in our neighborhood that isn't PebbleSheen blue! I will try to remember to get another daytime shot of it next time we have the solar cover off and post it here.

Edit: it was super windy today so no one wanted to swim today, but I will post a relatively recent picture. Mid April.... You can see the blue of the water with the green tint of the plaster.. I still am happy we went that way... View attachment 145205
Hi, does anyone have any pictures of colorscapes caribbean blue or bora bora blue? Thanks! We are getting plaster any day now, so I think my time for deciding is almost up. We really like the quartzscapes tahoe blue but don't like the price to upgrade :)
I really like your pool color! I couldn’t tell if you have a tanning ledge. If so what does the color look like on top of it. Also, what is the depth of your deepest part of the pool? Mine is only going to be 6ft so I know I won’t get the deepest color I would want.
 

Watershow

Member
Jun 10, 2020
22
Menifee, CA
This is pretty. Thanks for sharing. Which tile did you use? I believe I just ordered a sample of something similar. Thank you!
Jen,

How about this one..

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Taken during Operation Duck Rescue... :mrgreen:

Thanks,

Jim R.
No, the color stayed pretty much the same. It has a green tint to it but it reminds me more of a shade of green in a tropical lagoon or the Colorado River from the top of the Grand Canyon, not of algae or anything like that. It nice, no one here regrets the choice. I like it because it does go with all of the browns here in Arizona but still shows nice contrast. And I think I have just about the only pool in our neighborhood that isn't PebbleSheen blue! I will try to remember to get another daytime shot of it next time we have the solar cover off and post it here.

Edit: it was super windy today so no one wanted to swim today, but I will post a relatively recent picture. Mid April.... You can see the blue of the water with the green tint of the plaster.. I still am happy we went that way... View attachment 145205
i love this color! What is it? Reminds me of the Bahamas 😊
 

Rattus Suffocatus

Silver Supporter
Jun 5, 2019
1,012
Corona de Tucson, AZ
Since I had been asked for it, this is a picture from yesterday when we had the cover off with no one in it, a rare occurrence. I don't know if the tanning shelf and depth question was for me or not, but the shallow end with a small ledge if in the front of the picture, the 6' deep end is to the rear right. IMG_20200622_162314143.jpgIMG_20200622_162235865.jpg
 

Watershow

Member
Jun 10, 2020
22
Menifee, CA
Since I had been asked for it, this is a picture from yesterday when we had the cover off with no one in it, a rare occurrence. I don't know if the tanning shelf and depth question was for me or not, but the shallow end with a small ledge if in the front of the picture, the 6' deep end is to the rear right. View attachment 148822View attachment 148823
Hi I love the color of your pool! Can you tell us what finish and color it is? Also are you using a solar cover? Any pros and cons to it?
 

Rattus Suffocatus

Silver Supporter
Jun 5, 2019
1,012
Corona de Tucson, AZ
PebbleSheen Irish Mist. Just standard, nothing added to it. It's NOT an upgrade color, it's in the standard price selection. The deck are standard pavers from a company in Phoenix, nothing special. It's an "upgrade" pool because of the Pebble Sheen versus standard plaster but that is about it. The salt generator is probably the only real upgrade on it, but I added that myself.

I do not have a heater for my pool and I like the water warm so I use a solar cover 100% of the time when it isn't in use (plus or minus an hour or two).

Pro: Even in Arizona, the water will take on the average temperature without heat (And that's not as hot as you would think because it can get chilly here at night) but it's somewhat worse than that here because of the super dry air, large amounts of water will evaporate out during the dry times like now which will: 1. Cause more water to be needed to refill-- with high CH and high TA fill water, this makes a drain and refill needed more often. 2. The evaporation itself makes the pool water significantly COLDER because it acts as a swamp cooler. In humid climates like Florida this isn't nearly as much an issue. It's pretty critical to cover the pool at night for this effect but not so much during the day. 3. You lose maybe 25% less free chlorine if you run it covered most of the time. 4. The pool stays a little bit cleaner.

Cons: Covers are expensive, ugly and a PITA to take on and off. Tops of them always have Calcium deposits and on a salt pool like mine, salt. So there is a white layer on it all the time and it's pretty futile to try to clean it off. We would likely actually USE the pool MORE if we didn't have to cover it and uncover it. They don't last the advertised three years, I suspect I'll have to replace ours next season at the beginning meaning it had a year and a half worth of life. That will cost $300. The most important one is that they can be dangerous for small children and pets if they get trapped under one.

Right now, I bet my CH level would be double, water bill would be $20/mo more, the Salt Water Chlorine Generator would have to run at 20% more output and the temperature of the pool would be 5 degrees Fahrenheit less if I didn't religiously cover it.

Edit: That wadded up blue plastic thing in the pictures by the deep end is the solar cover. I do have rollers for it and really should cut it in half and get it on the rollers...
 

S S

Well-known member
Jun 16, 2020
48
Los Angeles
Custom Stonescapes mini-pebble blend. Based on Tahoe blue, but double the black pebbles and 1/3 the blue dye. For reference the Baja shelf is 14" water depth, main part of pool is ~3.5 feet at the ends and 5.8 feet in the center.

One of the steps:
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And one that shows both shade and full sun:
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Right now I am at triple the black and same amount of dye--can I ask why you lowered the dye amount?
 

Watershow

Member
Jun 10, 2020
22
Menifee, CA
PebbleSheen Irish Mist. Just standard, nothing added to it. It's NOT an upgrade color, it's in the standard price selection. The deck are standard pavers from a company in Phoenix, nothing special. It's an "upgrade" pool because of the Pebble Sheen versus standard plaster but that is about it. The salt generator is probably the only real upgrade on it, but I added that myself.

I do not have a heater for my pool and I like the water warm so I use a solar cover 100% of the time when it isn't in use (plus or minus an hour or two).

Pro: Even in Arizona, the water will take on the average temperature without heat (And that's not as hot as you would think because it can get chilly here at night) but it's somewhat worse than that here because of the super dry air, large amounts of water will evaporate out during the dry times like now which will: 1. Cause more water to be needed to refill-- with high CH and high TA fill water, this makes a drain and refill needed more often. 2. The evaporation itself makes the pool water significantly COLDER because it acts as a swamp cooler. In humid climates like Florida this isn't nearly as much an issue. It's pretty critical to cover the pool at night for this effect but not so much during the day. 3. You lose maybe 25% less free chlorine if you run it covered most of the time. 4. The pool stays a little bit cleaner.

Cons: Covers are expensive, ugly and a PITA to take on and off. Tops of them always have Calcium deposits and on a salt pool like mine, salt. So there is a white layer on it all the time and it's pretty futile to try to clean it off. We would likely actually USE the pool MORE if we didn't have to cover it and uncover it. They don't last the advertised three years, I suspect I'll have to replace ours next season at the beginning meaning it had a year and a half worth of life. That will cost $300. The most important one is that they can be dangerous for small children and pets if they get trapped under one.

Right now, I bet my CH level would be double, water bill would be $20/mo more, the Salt Water Chlorine Generator would have to run at 20% more output and the temperature of the pool would be 5 degrees Fahrenheit less if I didn't religiously cover it.

Edit: That wadded up blue plastic thing in the pictures by the deep end is the solar cover. I do have rollers for it and really should cut it in half and get it on the rollers...
Thanks! The color is beautiful but pebbletec is out of my price range and would be too rough on skin. I wonder if a cheaper brand has a similar color. Right now it seems like are only option for the texture we want is plaster. Also, do you have a specific tech on taking off your cover to make it easier?
 

Rattus Suffocatus

Silver Supporter
Jun 5, 2019
1,012
Corona de Tucson, AZ
This is PebbleSheen, not PebbleTec (It's by PebbleTec, though). They also have a plaster like one--PebbleFina I think. The surface isn't rough at all, just a little bit of grit which is actually nice for safety, I wouldn't have done PebbleTec either, the rocks are too big in it. I don't think it was much more than a grand more for the standard color PebbleSheen. Which sounds like a lot, but that little pool was $40K. If I would have added no options it would have be $32K for reference, most of that was for the floor cleaner I added which isn't popular here in TFP but despite that (in my opinion) works well in the desert. I wouldn't do it any place "green". The days of $25K play pools have passed, unfortunately. The cheaper brands aren't that much cheaper, as I did bid out one pool with a clone of this stuff. If you want to go cheaper then standard plaster is going to be your choice (or maybe one with quartz added), but it also doesn't last as long. I suspect you might be able to find someone to use inorganic stains to color it. You at least have a reference on the color if you like.
 

Watershow

Member
Jun 10, 2020
22
Menifee, CA
Was your deck also included in your pool build cost? We are in the beginning stages of plan building. I really like your deck design as well. We are doing a 15x22 rectangular chlorine pool (may do salt down the road) with no spa and heat. We are planning to add a 3 tiered water spill feature. I’m in So Cal and quote for the pool is about 43K.
 

Rattus Suffocatus

Silver Supporter
Jun 5, 2019
1,012
Corona de Tucson, AZ
Yes, the paver deck was part of the design and bid. I added salt myself for about $800 this year., so that wasn't includes in the just about $40K. That water feature does tend to add a lot of cost to the project ... you also will drive pH up with it. Both factors are okay if you want it. I didn't do something like that because we have pretty alkaline and mineraly water here and most people around here have to have that stuff bead basted every season.... But I am sure your water will be better in California.

I would expect prices to be 10%-20% higher in California than Tucson but that is certainly in the ballpark for that size pool, at not even 10% higher. The charts say your pool will be about 14K gallons or roughly the same size as my free form. Rectangular pools are easier to cover. They are harder to dig and that costs a little bit more... But that seems about right....
 

cgtx

Member
Jul 23, 2018
12
Austin/TX
Anyone here with Pebble Sheen Aqua Blue?!? It seems like it's the only option between the basically white finishes and the blue surf/granite/slate medium finishes.

Seems like nobody has ever regretted adding the glass beads and/or abalone shells... we will probably add one or both, not sure exactly what the benefit is for one over the other.
Hi! I have the same predicament. Need to give my tile order and surface/ finish decision to my builder ASAP and feel like if I go with his Pebble Sheen recommendation, I am stuck with either a darker blue and more refraction than I want (Aqua Blue) or something that the builder thinks would be so light (it is so hard without being able to see any pools in person). I want a light pool. If it were up to me, for the look I would go old school plaster that looks light blue or light aqua (like a tropical lagoon), but he is really sold on Pebble. Fina seems to have some lighter shades, but I am being repeatedly warned about the possibility of it hazing and having to be acid washed/ drained within the first two years, and that it will not last as long. I almost don't care in order to get the color that I want (and lack of light refraction and bumpiness on your feet). What did you do? When I use search terms in this site, and they pull up these surfaces or tiles in which I am interested, I never can find actual photos of them within the posts. What did you decide to do? I am guessing your pool is finished by now. Thank you SO MUCH.
 

Rattus Suffocatus

Silver Supporter
Jun 5, 2019
1,012
Corona de Tucson, AZ
Fina should last longer than normal plaster by a fair bit. I don't know if you understand that. It won't last as long as Sheen or the normal PebbleTec because the actual rocks in it are what protects the finish longer. The Fina has them in there but ground up very fine. I have Sheen and I think it's a good balance. I do like it better than regular plaster, it is just enough not to be rough but it is anti-slip. I am really glad I chose something other than blue, though I get what you are saying about the two standard blues in the PebbleTec lineup.
 
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