Over the course of swimming pool history, pool finishes have advanced in incredible ways. When pools started popping up in backyards in the 1950s, the main option for pool owners was white plaster finish. Then pebble finishes were introduced in the 1980s and color options exploded into what we have today: interior surfaces in almost every hue, texture and style imaginable.
From blue, green and turquoise to black and beige, NPT offers an amazing range of colors within six distinct pool finish lines: StoneScapes, JewelScapes, QuartzScapes, PolishedScapes, ColorScapes and PlasterScapes. For a guide to the differences between all of these finishes, check out the NPT Pool Finish Guide.
With so many options to choose from, how do you pick the right finish for your inground pool? Continue reading for tips on how to choose the best interior surface for your pool! Then use NPT's Pool Finish Matcher to get paired with a finish that suits your color, texture and style needs.
There are many factors that influence the color of your pool's water. Pool water looks different in full sun than it does under cloud cover or in early morning vs. late afternoon hours. If you have tall trees or surrounding buildings shading your pool, the water color appears darker. A pool's shallow end also appears lighter than its deeper water.
The first step to choosing the perfect swimming pool finish is deciding what color you like best. To achieve blue water, select a pool finish with white, blue or gray pigment. For green water, choose a pool finish with green, tan, brown, gold or black pigment.
Here are 8 color options and NPT pool finish suggestions to help you create your desired color:
Do you want your pool finish to be smooth to the touch or feature a natural texture like pebble, glass or marble? Each of the six lines within the NPT Pool Finish Collection is either smooth or has a unique texture. From rustic pebble and traditional plaster to silky smooth quartz and striking glass beads, here is a look at NPT's six pool finish material options:
StoneScapes® is a pool finish that features naturally occurring quartz pebble, specialty exposed aggregates, high quality pigment formulations and white Portland cement. StoneScapes colors and texture are inspired by nature. The result is a spectacular and long-lasting pool finish that feels like river pebbles. NPT StoneScapes comes in many fabulous sizes and styles: Micro, Mini, Regular, Puerto Rico Blend Small, Puerto Rico Blend Large and Touch of Glass.View StoneScapes
Capture the sparkle and brilliance of the world's finest gems in a stunning, durable interior swimming pool finish. JewelScapes is a glass bead finish that is smooth to the touch and dazzles under sunlight. JewelScapes® combines the beauty of smooth, colorful glass beads with the highest quality pigments and aggregates for a finish that offers strength, durability, etch resistance, and ease of maintenance. JewelScapes has 3 different series – Classic, Reflective and Opal.View JewelScapes
This stunningly smooth mix of marble and glass aggregates is polished using diamond abrasives. Mirrored highlights that sparkle in the sun make PolishedScapes® as pleasing to the eye as it is to the touch.View PolishedScapes
A premium blend of crushed colored quartz, white cement and mineral-based pigments, QuartzScapes® merges beauty and strength for a stunning pool finish. Natural quartz is one of the world's strongest minerals and NPT's QuartzScapes® interior swimming pool finishes create reliable beauty that lasts.View QuartzScapes
These high-performance blend pool finishes are created with ColorScapes® ceramic-coated quartz crystals (similar to mini quartz tiles) for uniform color and a better pool finish that is easy to install and looks great every time.View ColorScapes
Tried and true, plaster pool finishes are attractive and lasting surface options. Reflect the colors of nature in your pool or spa with PlasterScapes® tinted pool plaster. Achieve beautiful, consistent, lasting colors with high quality pigments for a unique, enduring finish.View PlasterScapes
|Smooth, sparkly surface
Many NPT pool finishes feature aggregates that add sparkle, shine and color to your pool finish. If you'd like sparkle in your pool water, there are many finishes that can get you there:
Take this short quiz to narrow down the dozens of NPT pool finish options. Here are some questions to consider before you start:
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Every NPT pool finish is uniquely yours. The combination of your home's architecture, backyard settings, position of the sun, time of day, pool design and more will make your chosen finish one of a kind.
To get a better idea of how each of these finishes reflect the conditions in your climate, ask your local pool builder to show some examples of recent work in your area. This will help you get a more informed picture of how your chosen pool finish will likely look in your backyard.