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First time pool owner in the process of resurfacing a 15 year old pool.

We're getting sold hard on the PebbleSheen finish, but I'm not convinced it's worth the bump in cost. In searching online, it looks like there are a number of alternatives like:

  • DiamondBrite
  • Hydrazzo
  • Quartz Plaster
  • Wet Edge Primera Stone

Any thoughts? I need to make a decision in the next week and greatly appreciate your insight.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Steven, Tester101 May 30 '14 at 11:55

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Someone was recently selling me on a fresh water system for my pool as an alternative to my salt water (or chlorine) system. I asked him if there was a pool I could go off and swim in to see the difference and he said sure, come by his house. In the end I never went because I decided to not use that system for other reasons.

You are about to spend a lot of money on a pool surface and if you stay in that house for 5, 10, 15 years you will have to live with that decision for a long time. My advice is to ask each of the vendors if they have a sample pool that you (and your family) can try out to get a good feel for the surface. I have a pebble-tech finish and I could give you my opinion but it would be just that: My Personal opinion. What I like might not be what you and your family likes.

I hope this helps.

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definitely a good tip, Guy. I'll be sure to ask... Mind sharing your personal opinion on the pebbletec surface? :) – TimAllen May 29 '14 at 19:29
Pros: Feels more natural and gives you the sense that you're swimming in a river or ocean. Looks fantastic. Cons: Can be rough on the skin. Algae attaches to it more easily. – Guy May 29 '14 at 22:15

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