Choosing a pool surface

If you are considering a new pool surface, there are four common types that are sold in Australia. The buttons below link to more information about the benefits and drawbacks of each surface type.

Quartz pool
tiled pool
pebble pool
fibreglass

One of the most important decisions a pool owner makes is choosing between a very wide array of pool surfaces. This decision is critical because your pool surface covers the entire pool. It is also one of the most expensive components of a pool. And it is also the only thing you see when you look at the pool. Most importantly, because your pool surface is constantly exposed to the water in your pool, it means that it is vulnerable to issues.

Pool surface application is critical

It is important that you can trust and rely on the person who will apply your new surface. Remember, if your pool surface is not applied correctly, then surface problems can arise very quickly. In some cases, pools with poorly applied interiors can need a full replacement within 2 years. For most pools, this costs around $6,000 depending on the surface you choose. To apply a surface properly it needs to be done with great care and quality application. Make sure that whoever you choose to do this has a proven process that works.

Warranties can be worthless

Some pool buyers and salespeople will sometimes mislead customers with the assurance of long warranties. However, these warranties often only cover you for materials used in the surface and not the application. Importantly, surface issues are application related rather than material problems. Almost every time. This means that a shoddy surface application that leads to problems will mean that your long material ‘warranty’ no longer applies.

Surface applicators will pass the buck

Remember, when issues arise you are often at the mercy of the builder or the contractor who installed the interior to fix it. They often refuse to accept any responsibility and will blame your poor water maintenance for the problem. Also, you will become very frustrated during this process and waste a lot of time. Often, just being able to have them to come and see the problem in person is challenging. It also normally includes lots of phone calls, excuses and phone messages that are never returned. Finally, if you plan to take them to fair trading, you will need to prove that their application caused the problem. That is a lot harder to do than many people realize.