Pebble Pools

Pebble pools (including glass beads) are the most common surface type used in concrete pools. This is because pebble is relatively inexpensive and comes in a huge variety of colours and styles. Remember, you literally have an unlimited colour choices!


Cheap to install over the top of existing surfaces

New smaller pebbles sizes make this surface much smoother

Can last a long time if applied correctly

Almost unlimited colour choices and combinations available


Can crack when used as a waterline finish

Some surfaces can absorb or trap stains

Not as smooth as fibrelgass, vinyl or tiles

Surface becomes ‘drummy’ if not applied correctly

Repairs are difficult to colour match

Pebble pools often last more than 20 years and are cheap compared to some other surfaces. This is the main reason why they are so popular.

Pebble pool surface

Benefits of pebble pools

Pebble can be installed in almost any concrete pool no matter the size or shape of the pool. It can also be used to renovate an exisiting surface. Pebbles and glass beads are now much smaller than they used to be so the surfaces can be much smoother.

Pebbles come in a very wide variety of colours which means that when they are blending together, there is almost an unlimited colour pallet available to customers. Major manufacturers of glass pebble include Beadcrete, Blue Glass Pebble and many others.

Above all, pebble is a natural product that has been around for millions of years. Because of this, it means that it is well suited to being underwater. Unlike newer synthetic products, pebbles generally are very hard to stain and will last a very long time. We have seen 100’s of pebble pools that are older than 30 years and still look great.

Downsides of pebble

Installation issues – If the installation of the pebble interior is not done correctly then ‘drummy’ area and form on the surface. When tapped with a firm object, these areas of the pool surface will feel hollow. This can lead to part of the surface falling off or bad calcium formation in the years ahead. To avoid this, make sure you use a reputable company.

Smoothness of surface – Although pebbles are smoother and smaller than they used to be, they are still not as smooth as fibreglass, vinyl or tiled pools. This can mean that pebbles are able to trap and hold stains better than these other surfaces. It also means that little feet can be sore after swimming for long periods.

If you would like more information about pebble surfaces please feel free to contact us.