Pool & Spa Finishes — the Best in Chicago
Educate yourself on the options for floor and wall pool finishes
Polished Plaster by Hydrazzo
Aquavations Hydrazzo is the standard pool finish used in our latest construction projects and comes with a 10-year warranty. Two prime features of this state-of-the-art pool finish are a silky smooth texture combined with the proven durability of exposed aggregates. With unique color selections and a natural variegated appearance, Aquavations Hydrazzo complements all poolscape designs. This polished pool surface, which achieves its texture from diamond-tipped polishers, creates a finish that is naturally resistant to spot etching, topical stains, permanent scale and algae adhesion.
One of the great features of this plaster is how easy it is to renovate. If a pool’s water chemistry becomes out of whack and the plaster becomes rough, the pool can be drained, acid washed and repolished. This will make the plaster look brand new and will be a lot less expensive than having the pool replastered.
Quartz plaster is a mixture of quartz aggregates and Portland Cement. This plaster is very durable due to the high content of quartz minerals and is available in many colors. Krystalkrete and Diamondbrite are common brands that we use, and both come with a 10-year warranty.
White plaster is the least expensive, but also the least durable type of plaster. It has a relatively smooth finish and looks light blue when filled with water. This plaster is great for high-traffic areas, such as a health club or waterpark, where resurfacing is planned about every seven years.
We generally do not recommend going with a white plaster due to the inherent weakness in the material; however, in some indoor environments, it can be a suitable surface. The white plaster we use comes with a one-year warranty, so we recommend using a quartz plaster or Hydrazzo.
Pebble plaster looks best in natural poolscapes and has become popular out West due to the natural rocky terrain. This plaster is durable like quartz plaster and is available in different colors. This surface of pebble plaster can be rough, so we do not recommend it for spas or pools that will be used by children.
Mimicking the look of a glass-tile pool for a fraction of the cost, this finish is a relatively new option and looks incredible in any pool. Glass beads are quickly growing in popularity and are considered a very high-end finish, as the beads are expensive and the finish takes a high degree of skill to install. Standard and custom colors are available.