Putting on a coat (or let’s get plastered!)

Unless you’re upcountry in “winter”, you’re not likely to see many coats on Maui! However, after the pool shell has been formed with gunite and allowed to cure for 28 days, it’s time to coat the pool with plaster. When it comes to that, we offer three options to our clients…

The first is plaster, also called whitecoat or Marcite, which comes in grey or white, and is a very basic finish for a pool. It should last 5-6 years, but then the pool will need a complete replaster. Plaster stains fairly easily and acid washing to rid it of stains causes deterioration of the plaster and therefore roughness. Algae can also adhere to the surface easily. Since the surface is porous and reactive, high chemical usage can cause the water and chemicals to react with the plaster. Marcite is the least expensive option in the short term, but can become the most expensive in the long run, especially as it only comes with a 1 year warranty.

On the other end of the spectrum is Pebble Tec. It is made of a high quality, durable and long-lasting finish and looks naturally beautiful under water and comes in a variety of colors. Unfortunately however, those pretty lumps of aggregate cause people to often complain of bloody toes and ruined swimwear. The crevices can be hard to keep clean of algae and stains can make the plaster permanently blotchy.

Our favorite here at Huber Pools is Hydrazzo. Its smooth texture is friendly to fingers, toes and swimsuits, but still gives you that look of aggregate under the water. It can be polished and patched if needed and those areas would be difficult to pick out. Huber Pools is a certified installer of Hydrazzo and it comes with a 10 year warranty on residential properties. Colors can range from Maui Midnight to lighter grays, to sage or rose, to many shades of blue. The color you pick primarily depends on your overall vision for your space. Visit our showroom to view the wide range of colors available.

Next up…in case you feel the need for a little more coverage…