Plaster vs. Pebble Tec Pool Finishes: Pros and Cons

Posted on: October 16, 2017
Posted in: Pool Finishes
Tags: Pool Finishes , Pebble Tec , Plaster , Pol Surfaces


One of the biggest decisions to make when considering a swimming pool is what product to use for the interior surface. Factors including your yard’s natural surroundings, how much pool maintenance you are willing to do, durability and cost are all aspects to consider. We will discuss the pros and cons of plaster vs. Pebble Tec pool finishes.

Plaster vs. Pebble Tec

Plaster Pool Finish

Plaster is a pool finish that is typically ¼ inch to ½ inch thick. This pool finish adds a watertight seal and makes the surface smoother for contact with swimmers than the underlying rough concrete shell.


Plaster is a time tested product. It has been used as a swimming pool surface coating since the 1960s, which shows that it can withstand different environments when using proper maintenance techniques.

Plaster is economical. The initial cost of plaster is well below more expensive options. Additionally, the average plaster surface can easily last 15 to 25 years.

Plaster is available in a variety of colors. This allows you to create any appearance you desire. Also, it is not just surface coating but continuous through the entire material.


Plaster is susceptible to discoloring and staining. This pool surface has a porous nature, which means that it will often show stains easier and faster than other surfaces.

Plaster is less durable. Compared to other pool finish options, plaster offers less durability.

Plaster requires more maintenance. Since plaster is not as durable as other pool finishes, it requires more maintenance to avoid staining and discoloring.

Pebble Tec Pool Finish

Pebble Tec pool finish uses a mix of pebbles that have been blasted to a smooth surface with a shiny exterior. These pebbles are bound together utilizing a durable aggregate. Therefore, it looks like you are walking on the bottom of clear stream, right in your pool.


Pebble Tec pool finishes are the highest quality pool finish on the market. It quarries its own stone so it can carry out its own quality control to create a visually appealing, high-quality finish.

Pebble Tec is extremely durable. Compared to plaster pools that only last between 6-8 years, Pebble Tec pool finishes can last from 10-15 years.

Pebble Tec pools use proprietary technology. This pool finish uses its own proprietary pigment application process and mixing formula to create a one-of-a-product you won’t find anywhere else.


Pebble Tec pool surfaces are more expensive. Compared to plaster, Pebble Tec is more expensive due to the high quality pool resurfacing material it uses.

Pebble Tec is a little rougher. Pebble Tec pools are a little rougher on your feet than plaster. However, depending on the Pebble Tec you choose, some are smoother than others.

For more information on plaster vs. Pebble Tec pool finishes, or to start your pool project today, contact us here at Paradise Oasis Pools with the link below!