It is not necessarily better, just different. The pebble finish can come in mini pebble and regular pebble. The mini pebble is pretty close to the quartz aggregate finish(diamond brite) as far as texture, feeling. The regular is much rougher on your feet( kids and sensitive soles can vouch for that). As a contractor I hear this question all the time , and the answer is: if you use your pool frequently, go with quartz aggregate, if you care about the way your pool looks, then go with pebble. Pebble will be around 30% more than quartz aggregate. It is really a matter of preference. Premium Pool and Pavers, Odessa , Florida 727 271 5975.
It makes very little difference
From possibly to somewhat.
there is a product called "pebble tec" that is great. better than both products you mentioned. it is a little more expensive, but looks and lasts much better. other wise i would stay with plaster. from what i understand it adhears better to the gunite.
PebbleTec lasts longer than plaster (and is usually warrantied for longer than plaster). In addition, it is darker so typically hides the staining that often comes with pool chemicals.
The finish plaster is normally white all the way through. It sounds like you are dealing with a pool that has been replastered by the method of putting a "brown coat"/"scratch coat" (the gray plaster you noted) over the original finish plaster surface, and a new finish coat of white plaster on top of that. The scratch coat more like a thin concrete than plaster (doesn't have the white marble dust in it) and is used to get a better bond to the old surface.
Not usually. Has it beendrained and left dry for more than 2 - 3 days? B T W do not use the word "your" as in "your pool plaster... Your pool is 10 years.... Please use "My" pool.... and "Our" pool is 10 yrs..... When you refer to "your" you are talking about me and my pool. What do you know about my pool? Supposing I do not have a pool.
Chip. That gets rid of anything that may become loose which may not come off during a sand blasting. It is all in the preparation!
Depends on what you're looking for. A plaster pool can be drained and painted but it does crack and certain chemicals can aid in the cracking process. A gunite pool would be a better but probably a more expensive choice than plaster. The liners are great. My brothers pool is an inground pool with a liner that was installed in 1983, in a flood and hurricane zone. It has never torn, wrinkled, or lifted up in any way. In a major flood zone such as we have here in south Louisiana, a plaster pool can lift up and begin to float. The liner is also very smooth and comforting to the feet when playing in the pool. My liner was installed only 5 years ago and we have been very satisfied, although it requires a different set of chemicals. A lined pooled should never be drained completely. Either way you choose, I would suggest going with the saltwater filtration system. It turns out to be less expensive in the end. Hope this gives you some things to consider.
Allowing the plaster finish to become dry will cause blistering and failure of the plaster. If you do not see visual signs of damage, get into the pool and tap on the walls lightly and listen for hollow sounds. You may or may not get any but after filling the pool the change will take place and the blisters will get larger and start decaying rapidly and in extreme cases will totally delaminate. No preventative measures here other than keeping the water in the pool and doing basic service by far this is the least expensive way of keeping the plaster and pool intact. Ken
My mobile home park is going through this right now, so I will give you what I have learned. A word of caution, I am still trying to find an unbiased answer myself all of my pros/cons come from the fiberglass or plaster contractors so of course they believe their product is better. From our pool maintenance company (the one unbiased answer I have) They recommend using fiberglass on our Spa to reduce the chance of black algae, and plaster on the pool for the ease of maintenance. >>Pro's for plaster. Underwater epoxy repairs can be made without draining the pool. More resilient than the Gel-Coat of the fiberglass. More readily available contractors. >>Pro's for fiberglass. Resists Black Algae. Resists rust stains from behind. Lasts longer than plaster. ---Con's for plaster. If Black Algae starts its roots go through the pourous plaster and embed in the gunite, and will always return. Plaster doesn't bond well to old plaster. ---Con's for fiberglass. Fiberglass companies go out of business because their products fail in a few years. Fiberglass contractors are hard to find. The only way to repair fiberglass is to drain the pool and apply a new Gel-Coat over the entire surface. Fiberglass is not waterproof at all, only the Gel-Coat is. A Plaster contractor said... "I have heard that the fiberglass fails in like 5 years and then the company goes out of business." A Fiberglass contractor said... "I have heard of huge sections of the plaster falling off, because the old layer of plaster was not completely removed and when it came off it took the new plaster with it, in court the contractor's stance was that their coat held on fine and that it was not their fault since their work was still sticking to the old plaster." I wish a neurtral party like a university would do a study on this. -signed Just as lost in the sauce as the original poster.
Chloraminated pools are saltwater.
They are one and the same. THEY BOTH ARE CHLORINE POOLS!!!