Is Pebble tech a good surface?

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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby jeredh » Wed 20 Jul, 2011 22:59

Thanks!

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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby czechmate » Thu 21 Jul, 2011 11:07

This is how you save on stamps when you write to yourself. Good idea. :wink:
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby jeredh » Sat 23 Jul, 2011 11:15

Yeah czech the internet eliminates the need for postage =]
Any advice you guys wanted to give i'd be eternally thankful. The work begins this Wednesday...i ordered Midnight Blue PebbleTec yesterday
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby dacgerht » Sun 31 Jul, 2011 00:01

Wow, I came on here to see if there were or what to do about a few pebbles. Most of my neighborhood has had to redo their older swimming pools, 30+ years or more and all of our pools look great with pebble tech (Orlando area). We have two main pool resurfacing companies that are authorized by Pebble Tech and both are doing a great job. My cousin in Tampa had a new pool and it had pebble tech. So when our pool finish was finished (pun intended) and we needed to decide on what to redo the surface with? I walked around the block and spoke with the neighbors. My immediate neighbor had a wonderful finish about a year or two old and it too was pebble tech/the sheen type. All in all about six of us have had our older pools done with Pebble Tech and in all shades and we are all quite happy. ---Note some of the darker shades my cousin advised should be cautioned. The water looks deeper with the darker blues particularly and her lap pool looks deep and her guests have wanted to dive in but it is only four feet deep! So she is constantly on guard with new swimmers and advises it is a LAP POOL.

My installation was not without problems, but the company stuck with me, drained the pool three times, acid washed, eventually pressure washed off the blue excessive slurry, and stuck around and checked on us until the pool surface was perfect. I guess key is having a company who knows how to work with the material and fix any problems that may arise. We recommended them to four more people all of which needed their older pool resurfaced. I think everyone learned from our install. Many of our older pools are big and deep (old school). Ours is 16' by 38' and almost 10' deep. Yup, and the others about the same or in a kidney shape/think 1970's. So the slurry has to be watched at the end of the process of resurfacing. (Slurry is the colored mud thinned out and washed down....if it remains it leaves a train the same color as the mud, which in my case was light blue).

It's been 5 years since I had mine done. I do use Pinch a Penny here in Longwood, FL. My pool looks like a resort, crystal blue, and the water clear like glass. Since my kids are now grown we lost our pool cleaners. I use a Hayward pro cleaner, check my chlorine tabs twice a week/auto chlorinator 3" tabs, and take my water to Pinch a Penny on the week-end. They give me a print out as to what is needed.

So to those of you with problems, I'd look on line to a pool company close to your home, like Pinch a Penny, talk with your neighbors and get on a once a week schedule. Here in Florida most of us grew up with pools and the key is a routine every day/week. Ask your neighbors and see who is happy and copy them.

As for key problems, I'd take it to Pebble Tech directly---the home office. I hope those of you who are having problems get help and enjoy your pool. Good luck and try to stay positive. Once your pool problems are fixed I think you will find this is the best surface!
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby Curatolo Pools » Wed 28 Sep, 2011 02:47

I think he is offering you good advice. I won't refinish a pool with a product that contains the word "Pebble" in it. ..I do not install it because it seems like it may be a bit rough on the feet. I have heard this from people who have had it. I have enjoyed great success and no complaints installing the diamond brite surface in pools for many years. Comfort on the feet has never been a problem with this pool finishing material . Good finishers are also an important factor when resurfacing a pool no matter what type of pool finish you choose.. Dennis ,New Port Richey, fl
Realtor who needs advice

Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby Realtor who needs advice » Fri 06 Apr, 2012 13:26

Should a pebble tec pool be drained because they can not take care of it. The pool is located in Chandler Az. (desert) we are in the 60's at night and 80-90 degrees during the day. Won't this damage the finish or structure of the pool? Please advise.......
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby Beryl White » Sat 07 Apr, 2012 06:19

We have a pebble tec pool. Brown stains appeared after salt was added and became more evident over 2-3 months. Finally the pool company resurfaced the pool. But I am not using salt again until I can afford to fully tile it. Sticking with chlorine
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby czechmate » Sun 08 Apr, 2012 08:54

Realtor who needs advice wrote:Should a pebble tec pool be drained because they can not take care of it. The pool is located in Chandler Az. (desert) we are in the 60's at night and 80-90 degrees during the day. Won't this damage the finish or structure of the pool? Please advise.......


No gunite pool should be drained to eliminate chemical maintenance of water.
Serious structural damage will follow with a potential floating of shell,
deck damage and loss of piping, inclusive that of the main drain.
The cost of maintenance contract is miniscule, compared to future repairs.
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby another pool guy » Thu 07 Jun, 2012 12:21

Pebble Tec is the best interior finish but it's expensive. That is the biggest deterrent.

Pebble Sheen, the smaller pebbles, is actually more abrasive and that is why it is buffed after installation. Pebble Tec, larger pebbles, are more rounded and smoother. If you look under a microscope you will also find marcite/plaster or whatever you want to call it is sharper as well.

All these complaints are likely not the fault of the product but instead the owner.

I have clients who do NOTHING (1 is my sister) and their pools are wonderful BECAUSE of the tec. It is the best product out there.
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Is Pebble tech a good surface?

Postby Guest » Sun 26 Aug, 2012 13:58

Terry,
We have had the same problem. The pool was drained then acid washed last year then refilled. When we opened it this season it was white, not black.....the original color. Our pool company dropped the acid to a very low level for one week, and this got the scale off, but I noticed the calcium going up so I drained the water and filled it again. I think the take home message is don't get a dark pool. Since water is inert, I have to imagine that we are fighting the calcium and pH from the pebble tec and/or gunite. I just wish our pool company knew something about this....unimpressive service.
Dan

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