How to Pick the Right Finishes for Your Custom Gunite Swimming Pool

When
building a custom gunite swimming pool, you have so many options available to
you to truly make it a pool customized to your exact wants. Size and shape are
just the beginning! You will get to choose what features you want to include,
like built in seating, ledges, steps, fire features, infinity edges, and more.
Regardless of the combination of features you choose, there is one thing every
pool owner will need to decide upon when building their swimming pool – and
that’s its finishes!

Throughout
the process of designing and building your swimming pool, selecting the
finishes is one of the biggest decisions you will need to make. But don’t let
this stress you out! The good news is that with the guidance of your
professional pool company and the following tips, you’ll be well equipped to
make smart and stylish choices. Here’s a look at a few considerations you’ll
want to keep in mind when selecting your pool’s finishes.

Look at the big picture.

When
choosing the decorative tile border that will accent your pool, and the Pebble-Tec
finish for the pool’s interior, you’ll want to see how these elements
complement one another. Additionally, you want to keep in mind the color and
style of your hardscaping that will also play into the big picture of your
backyard space. While any one of these elements may look great alone, keep in
mind that they will impact one another when they all come together in your pool
area. Place samples of each piece side by side to visualize how they look
together.

Take lighting into consideration.

When
selecting your pool’s band of tile and interior finish, keep in mind that the
colors will appear different in various degrees of lighting. Your pool will
appear darker when it’s cloudy outside or when the sun is not directly
overhead. Alternately, colors will appear brighter and lighter on sunny days.
Consider the pattern of the sun in your backyard and also the look you want to
achieve most of the time. While there will always be variation in lighting, you
want to select the colors of finishes that work with the way the natural
lighting is in your backyard the majority of the time.

Test out both the look and the feel.

The Pebble-Tec interior finish of your pool comes in 48 different colors, but also keep in mind that it has 3 different textures as well. You can drastically impact the feel of your pool, literally, by the type of texture you select. Some pool owners prefer a very smooth, glass-like finish, while others like extreme texture. Still others like something a little more in the middle. It’s great that Pebble-Tec offers a selection for this very reason! When looking at samples, you will likely be feeling the dry texture with your fingers. Remember that this will feel different when it’s wet and felt by your feet. If at all possible, try to find a pool with that finish so you can see it in water and feel it under foot. Another reason why you'll want to see the finish when it is wet is because the color will darken up significantly, which is how it will look when the pool is filled with water.

Choose timeless over trendy.

Our
final, and quite possibly most important tip is when selecting the finishes of
your pool try to choose timeless over trendy. While there will certainly be
ways to incorporate new trends and technology into other elements of your
swimming pool, for the pool’s finishes, you want to aim for timeless. Why?
Because you want to be as happy with the colors and textures of your finishes
today as you will be 20+ years from now. If you go with a bold color now, it’s
likely you’ll grow tired of it overtime. A more subtle or natural color will
age well. You can always add pops of color in your pool’s accessories like
umbrellas, patio furniture, pillows and towels. These are far easier and less
expensive to change out over time. When it comes to your pool’s finishes, think
long-term!

Do you have another question related to picking
the right finishes for your pool? If you’re ready to begin design your dream
backyard, give us a call today!


5 Swimming Pool Trends That are Taking the Summer by Storm

5Summer 2019 is heating up! And with the new season right around the corner, so are the new pool trends you’ll start to see guiding the design of pool construction and renovation. These trends go beyond the obvious or expected and take things to the next level by using new technology and design to incorporate elements that are both stylish and functional. Let’s take a look at what we predict to be the top five swimming pool trends to take this summer by storm.

1. Integrated Structures
One of the most increasingly popular requests we receive from clients has been incorporating shade or shelter structures within the surrounding pool area. This includes pergolas, gazebos, pool cabanas, shade sails, and the like. Not only do these integrated structures increase the aesthetics of the space, they also serve an important function of keeping guests dry from a passing rain storm or providing the relief of shade on a hot summer day.

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2. Natural Lighting Elements

While there will always be a need for traditional and LED lights around a pool area, more and more pool owners are incorporating natural lighting elements, like fire, into their pool designs. Fire elements are a great way to add light, ambiance and heat all at the same time. Fire pits and fireplaces can be built into the hardscaping surrounding the pool, or elements like fire bowls can be placed right near the edge of the pool to create an inviting and luxe atmosphere.

3. Contrasting Finishes

Dare to be different! This is a theme we are seeing more and more of these days. Pool owners are choosing to incorporate contrasting finishes within their pool and hardscaping to create defined spaces and to accentuate features. If you’re designing or renovating a pool this summer and get to choose new finishes, keep in mind that not everything needs to match perfectly. While everything should fall within a defined color palette, you have the freedom to choose various sizes, colors and finishes of tiles and pavers for your pool area. You can also use contrasting banding to add an artistic element to your space while defining its shape.

4. Stone Elements

Another trend we’re seeing is stone finishes. This includes hardscaping as well as the pool itself. For pools with exposed edges, natural or veneer stone can be used to cover the exposed part of the pool. The result is a beautiful, high-end finish that delivers that “wow” factor to your pool area. The color, size, and pattern of stone you use can have a profound impact on the overall design of your pool.

5. Investing in Long-Term Value

One more important trend to note is investing in elements that add long-term value to a pool. The more you can prioritize designing a pool that is well equipped to maintain its functionality and beauty, the happier you will be with the end result. It’s so important to not cut corners on things like your filtration system, heat system, or finishes. Once you go through all the effort of building a pool, you’re going to want to have it last as long as possible with as little maintenance as possible. Investing in quality now, will give you year and years of through relaxation and enjoyment.

One more thing to note…

Though
this is not a “trend” because it is and should be standard, pool safety
features have also come a long way thanks to new technology entering the market.
Door and gate alarms can be set to audibly alert the pool owner if they are
home, while also alerting them on their mobile device in case they are not.
This way you are always aware of someone entering or existing your pool area.

Additionally,
in-water surveillance systems are designed to continuously monitor what’s going
on in your pool. If it detects a “struggle” in the water, it immediately alerts
the pool owner or can be set to contact 9-1-1. These are just a few of the many
products now on the market that pool owners are incorporating into their pool
designs to provide peace of mind while keeping swimmers safe.

When it comes to building a custom gunite
swimming pool, you have a ton of features, finishes and design options available
to you that can allow you to truly create the pool of your dreams, with very
few limitations. This list only begins to scratch the surface of the up and
coming pool trends that are making waves in 2019. Are you ready to being
designing your backyard paradise? Let’s talk!

Which one of these pool
trends is your favorite? Or is there another trend you’d like to see added to
this list? Share what you think by leaving a comment below!


10 Common Regrets People Have About Their Swimming Pool

1When it comes time to make a large investment in your property, such as building a swimming pool, there are many things you’ll want to consider throughout the process. These countless decisions leave much room for uncertainty and regret if you don’t do your research to learn what options are available to you, and then select the ones that best fit your wants and needs.

Take a look as we cover 10 common regrets people have about their swimming pool. Why would we share this? Because hindsight is 20/20 and it’s a valuable opportunity to learn from what other pool owners might have chosen to do differently – so that you can learn what they wish they knew!

1. It’s not the right size.

This can go both directions, too small or too large. Sometimes pool owners may feel like they got the size wrong based upon how they ultimately end up using the pool and the upkeep required to do so. This is why it’s so important to begin your pool design process with an understanding of how many people you plan to have in or around your pool on an average day.

2. It’s not the right depth.

The depth of a pool can have a profound impact on the swimmer experience. What we mean by this is a pool that is too shallow for safe jumping and diving can be frustrating to swimmers who really want to experience this activity in your pool. In contrast, a pool with a significant deep end may not be used all that often by people who prefer to wade or stand in a pool. Again this comes back to understanding how you plan to use your pool, and building it to suit this lifestyle.

3. It’s in the wrong location.

One of the worst realizations of any pool owner is that your pool could have been positioned in a better location. What defines “better?” Well, a couple of things. If you want a pool that receives sun the majority of the day, you have to be mindful of the trees on your property which will cast shadows at various points in the day, or drop debris into your pool. Or maybe you placed your pool at an awkward space in your yard where it feels disjointed from your home. As with any real estate, location is everything.

4. I didn’t think through my hardscaping.

Many people become so focused on their pool that they forget to account for any patio or hardscaping they wish to create next to their pool. You must consider working with the grade of your property, or be willing to change it. Also, you’ll want to consider what materials you use as they can enhance the quality of your pool, or bring it down.

5. I didn’t budget properly.

It’s extremely stressful for any new pool owner when they realize they didn’t budget properly for their pool project. Expected (and unexpected) pool costs may feel as though they are piling up, leaving you anxious about something that should be bringing you excitement.

6. I didn’t speak up.

You have to go with your gut! Maybe you’ve made a material selection that doesn’t feel quite right, but you don’t want to upset anyone by going back and changing your mind. Any professional pool company will tell you – speak up! Don’t live with a decision that isn’t 100% what you want, especially if you still have the opportunity to change it. Speak up early and often in your pool designing process – we assure you, everyone will be glad you did!

7. I cut corners in important areas.

When you cut corners in important areas, you may soon realize you created more work for yourself long-term. For example, if you didn’t go with your pool company’s recommendation for appropriate cleaning and filtration systems in your pool, you may be disappointed by the amount of extra time you spend cleaning what could be a low-maintenance pool. Consider what you need to spend your money on now, that can’t be made up for down the road, and prioritize these investments in your pool project.

8. I wish I would have talked to more than one pool company.

In so many instances in life it’s important to get a second (or third) opinion. Each pool company has its unique skills and advantages. You want to be sure you’re working with the company that aligns with what you value most. Aim to talk to two to three pool companies that have good reputations and positive reviews. In doing so, you’ll gain sufficient information to make a confident decision of who you’d like to work with

9. I didn’t do my research.

As important as it is to find a pool company that can provide expert advice and guide you throughout the process, it’s still important to do your own research. Foremost, you need to know the options available to you as far as style, material, and technology. This will allow you to have a knowledgeable conversation with whatever pool company you select, and to be your own best advocate.

Additionally, your research should include talking to people you know who have built a pool, especially if they used the same pool company you’re considering. This conversation will offer insight into the designing and building process from the client’s perspective, and will also give you an idea of the cost and time commitment required with pool ownership.

10. I should have done it sooner!

And the final, yet most common regret people have about their swimming pool is simply this…they wish they did it sooner, often much sooner! So what are you waiting for?

As with anything in life, there can be regrets when you don’t fully think through the options available to you. When it comes to designing and building a custom swimming pool, this doesn’t have to be an exhaustive or overwhelming process. In fact, if you simply make your top priority working with a trusted and experienced pool company, then virtually all of these regrets can be avoided with the right advice to guide you.

Ae you considering building a custom swimming pool and want to speak with Central Pennsylvania’s premiere custom gunite pool company? Contact us today!