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drexyl
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Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
we are putting in a pool and i'm picking out the different features. It will be a salt water pool and wanted the board's thoughts on pool finishes and decking.

The coping we are going with brick and not travertine.

The decking we are likely doing concrete with textured Cool Deck Coating

I'm not sure on the finish of the pool and i'm down to quartz vs pebbletec. any thoughts from pool owners on pros/cons?


slinger1317
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
We did a plaster finish on ours and it is smooth as it can be. It's only a year old so I can't speak to the longevity of it.

We have travertine coping & decking, we liked the modern look vs. brick. The travertine doesn't get hot at all. My parents have an old school concrete deck and it gets hot as hell in the summer. I don't know anything about Cool Deck.


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habz007
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
I have Travertine as well. IMHO it’s well worth the added costs if your budget allows for it.

As blistering hot as the sun and temps are right now mid summer day, the travertine just feels ‘warm’ to the touch. Meanwhile our concrete and pavers away from the pool area will scorch your feet if you step on them. And it makes a nice seamless transition from deck to the actual coping.

I can’t speak for Pebbeltec but it seems nice. We have plaster with no issues (yet) and it’s very smooth.


drexyl
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
Thanks - curious about quartz as a finish. from what i've read the aggregate used in plaster is a marble which is much softer when compared to quartz so it is supposed to hold up for longer.


Tigerlaff
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
I am also about to choose between pebble tec and a quartz finish. Hoping to see answers from those with experience.


drexyl
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
quote:

I am also about to choose between pebble tec and a quartz finish. Hoping to see answers from those with experience.
i'm looking at some different pools this week. i can update the thread then.

you probably know what i know that quartz is supposed to be way better than the regular plaster but not as good as pebbletec in terms of longevity. they both look good and can be tinted to give the water different looks. quartz - i think - feels more like regular plaster on your feet while pebbletec is a bit rougher because pebbles. pebbletec sheen is a smoother alternative to the regular pebbletec. pebbletec is also more expensive that quartz which is why i'm wondering if it is worth the extra money.


baldona
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
Ask your pool guy if he has some references for actual pools you can go look at. Anyone who drops $50k on a pool will likely be happy to show it off and talk shop about the BS they like and wish they had done.


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Libertariantiger
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
I can give you some insight. I just put in a quartz finish pool and my friend put in a pebble tech.
He put his in first and I was able to see and use his. He and his wife prefered the look, didnt mind the cost, and liked the advertised durability. They are happy with it.
That said, I ended up going quartz. I seem his pool and found it way to rough for my taste. When you been in the water for a while it will hurt your feet. I will admit it looks nice. It almost looked like a colored exposed aggregate concrete. Once again, I was worried with the feel and a little worried about it being a fad and not a lasting style. My pool guy said the quartz would hold up very well and I prefer the smooth plaster feel.


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Thecoz
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
I have pebbletec cause I wanted the look
Natural and blended with yard
I like that but yes rough at first but smooths our case little one pop off and always vacuuming them up

Idk what I would do next time I really like the look better but get tired of little grains settling in steps corners etc
And it really was rough for first few years not now but you felt it on feet
If the plaster goes with the backyard landscaping I think I would do that


LSU_postman
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
Just chose between these this year. Went with quartz. It was the best middle grade option to us. Liked the smoothe texture as well. It was a refinish not a new install. We have brick coping and a concrete deck that will be resurfaced soon. Im very pleased at how the quartz came out. We used TnT pools ..check them out if you arw in the Baton Rouge area


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ynlvr
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
I like the look of pebble tee, but I would go quartz, brick, cool deck for practicality. It’s less trendy and more old school, that’s where I am.


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Capital Cajun
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
I have pebbletec. It does not stain and is durable. A little rough on the texture but worth it.

I have an oak tree over mine and the acorns leave black spots and streaks. They always wash away, same can’t be said about the white plaster.

For the deck we went with stamped, stained concrete in a buff color. Not too hot on the feet and looks pretty good.



Thecoz
Member since Dec 2018
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
That is a good comment about the staining

I have pebbletec and an oak tree over and flowering trees near by
I never have problems with staining and if they start they brush off
I forgot about that point and maybe that was part of the sales pitch from the pool guy
It is s valid point



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dafuqusay
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re: Pool Finishes (quartz vs pebbletec) and Decking
had pool installed last year. We went with quartz due to the builder offering it for the same price as plaster. In order of surface longevity, it is plaster, quartz, then pebbletec. After reading a lot about how pebbletec is "rough", Im glad I went with the quartz. It has a smooth surface with a touch of grit to it. Id say it is much smoother than pebbletec. You can also get quartz in various colors as well.

We also have the Cool Deck coating and enjoy it. Even in 100 degree temps, at most it only gets warm.


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