plaster vs. pebbletech/diamond brite

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cal

plaster vs. pebbletech/diamond brite

Postby cal » Mon 03 Apr, 2006 10:50

We are thinking about getting a pool and have to decide between plaster or the dimaond brite/pebble tech type surface. I've heard the pebble-type surfacing is rather rough and can be a hazard on your feet, knees and even your bathing suit.

Does anyone have a diamond brite or pebble tech pool and if so do you find that it is rough on your skin?


WillieDee

Pebble tech vs. plaster

Postby WillieDee » Sat 20 May, 2006 23:28

I have p/tech pool. surface is not rough on skin - not as smooth as plaster but pebble tech is no problem. It is more costly. Becareful with chems. always check to see if ok to use on pebble tech.
CarolASig

Pebble Tech rough?

Postby CarolASig » Tue 15 Aug, 2006 12:01

We don't mind the rougher surface but my 35 yr old daughter hates it and wears water shoes in the pool. We tease her that she's a wus but I suspect other guests may occasionally agree with but be too polite to say anything.

It's definitely a gritty sort of feel underfoot and without some caution it would definitely snag your suit, but my husband and I don't mind it at all. You learn how to move a little more carefully on Pebble Teck and I think its beauty well outweighs the slightly abrasive texture.
johnwalter

diamond brite

Postby johnwalter » Tue 11 Dec, 2007 11:47

We have had a diamond brite finish for 6 years. While it looked very nice for about 2 years the surface began to flake off. We are now having to refinish and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this product. We have been very careful with the chemical and have gotten various opinions from pool experts as to what the proper balance should be. We have multiple spot where the finish is completely gone and we have the grit in our filters and piping.
Goldeylocs

Pebble Tec

Postby Goldeylocs » Sun 16 Dec, 2007 13:09

My Pebble Tec pool was installed in 1999 and is as smooth today as it was when it was installed. I have never had a problem with my bathing suit getting snagged nor have my feet been roughed up. Children and elderly family members have all enjoyed the pool and I have never had any commenters or complaints about the surface being too rough.

Many friends and neighbors are installing the Pebble Tec as well as a result of having seend and been in my pool. I don't know if the installation has anything to do with it, but I highly recommend this product to anyone considering building a new pool or remodeling an existing one.
Pool floors

Re: diamond brite

Postby Pool floors » Sat 26 Apr, 2008 16:21

johnwalter wrote:We have had a diamond brite finish for 6 years. While it looked very nice for about 2 years the surface began to flake off. We are now having to refinish and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this product. We have been very careful with the chemical and have gotten various opinions from pool experts as to what the proper balance should be. We have multiple spot where the finish is completely gone and we have the grit in our filters and piping.


Our local recreation center is spending $2,200,000 to renovate an indoor and outdoor pool. They plan on applying a Diamond Brite surface because it costs less than alternatives. We want them to install something much less rough than Diamond Brite (like vinyl or tile), but they say that costs to much. Can anybody provide any feedback on your experience with Diamond Brite, and what arguments you could provide us to present to the city to persuade them not to use it?
Glen
Guest

Re: diamond brite

Postby Guest » Sat 23 Aug, 2008 13:39

johnwalter wrote:We have had a diamond brite finish for 6 years. While it looked very nice for about 2 years the surface began to flake off. We are now having to refinish and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this product. We have been very careful with the chemical and have gotten various opinions from pool experts as to what the proper balance should be. We have multiple spot where the finish is completely gone and we have the grit in our filters and piping.


this was do to and installation fault not the plaster, although diamond bite does have a bad rap, if it flakes it was due to the installer, and not the plaster itself
sally

Plaster vs. pebbletech/diamond brite

Postby sally » Thu 18 Jun, 2009 19:41

We have had a Pebbletech surface since 2002. Although it is as beautiful today as it was when it was first installed, I hate it. It is very rough. My kids wear aquasox whenever they play in the pool because the surface is so abrasive. My husband wears waterproof sandals. It's just awful. When I go in the hot tub I take a dishtowel with me to sit on so I won't ruin my bathing suit. With P/tech the good news is the same as the bad news. It lasts a very long time. We'd love to re-do our pool, but we can't justify the cost, since the surface we have is in good condition.
feeblefrog

Pebble Tec

Postby feeblefrog » Wed 24 Jun, 2009 16:02

Goldeylocs wrote:My Pebble Tec pool was installed in 1999 and is as smooth today as it was when it was installed. I have never had a problem with my bathing suit getting snagged nor have my feet been roughed up. Children and elderly family members have all enjoyed the pool and I have never had any commenters or complaints about the surface being too rough.

Many friends and neighbors are installing the Pebble Tec as well as a result of having seend and been in my pool. I don't know if the installation has anything to do with it, but I highly recommend this product to anyone considering building a new pool or remodeling an existing one.


Please, if you're in Orlando, Fl area tell me who installed your pool. I know several people with pebble tec and it just rips up the soles of your feet. I need to refinish and would like pebble tec but don't want to waste money if it's just going to be rough I might as well get diamond brite
Poolsurgeons

plaster vs. pebbletech/diamond brite

Postby Poolsurgeons » Thu 01 Oct, 2009 06:11

Hello! everyone the qurtz finishes must be install by a pro's most pool company company try to install and products with a ag finish Florida Gen or SGM finishes PLEASE make sure you ask for three pool that have been installed and finished that you can look at if they can not do that go with white plaster please!!! At Pool Surgeons we know what it takes to do it right it alot of work to install this product!!!

Thanks
Jack Frye

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