The truth is, we all want to have a clean, shiny pool to show off to our friends. What many people don’t know is that having a pool like this isn’t just for billionaires living in mansions and here’s the secret, Diamond Brite.
One thing all these pools have in common is that they are lined with none other than Diamond Brite. This type of pool coating is a favorite of pool builders because of its unsurpassed finish and durability.
¿What is Diamond Brite?
Diamond Brite plaster is commonly accepted as the best interior pool finish, giving you the lasting beauty and durability of a diamond. Unlike traditional marble-based pool plaster, Diamond Brite is made with a combination of natural quartz aggregate, polymer-modified cement and quartz diamonds in an impressive array of colors.
In its natural state, quartz is actually one of the most durable and pure minerals on the planet. This is why its durability in a pool liner is one of the most favorable characteristics being 10 to 15 years.
¿Why is Diamond Brite one of the best lining materials?
As we already said, quartz is one of the most durable materials on the planet, which means that we can be sure that the final finish of the pool will not dissolve, in other words it makes it slip resistant, will not cause unpleasant stains and will not deteriorate due to frequent contact with pool chemicals such as chlorine, algaecides or other substances to which it may be exposed.
Resistant to pool chemicals
This insoluble quartz-based product from Diamond Brite is unaffected by harsher pool chemicals and resists permanent staining.
The quartz used in the Diamond Brite has waterproof properties that resist staining and degradation caused by pool chemicals. And, unlike traditional marble-based plaster pool liners, Diamond Brite can be easily drained and cleaned without damage.
In addition, the more accentuated colors of 3-M colored quartz will not rust, corrode or fade like other colored aggregates because the pigment is bonded in a ceramic manner to the quartz aggregate.
Diamond Brite Colors
The 3M line is available in classic colors such as onyx, ivory, pearl and even green. This is how the color will emerge from the bottom of the pool to project tranquility and similarity with the color of the sea.
These ceramic pigments form Diamond Brite accent colours that give the surface a diverse and multi-coloured look, efficiently covering minor imperfections that are apparently obvious in traditional marble finishes.
As a result, the state-of-the-art polymer modification of Diamond Brite pool cement increases strength, improves bonding and reduces water penetration. All these features combine to give you an aesthetically pleasing pool finish that makes it look like a film pool.
In summary, the most favorable characteristics of Diamond Brite that give it its advantages are
- Mixture of natural quartz aggregate.
- Polymer-modified cement.
- Stain resistant.
- Resistant to discoloration.
- Resistant to scratches.
- No oxidation occurs.
- No fading.
- No corrosion.
- Easy to drain and clean.
- Resistant to pool chemicals.
- Aesthetically very pleasing.
- Greatly reduces the long term cost of maintaining your pool.
How much does a concrete pool resurfacing project with Diamond Brite cost?
Having or building a pool on your home or land may seem like an exotic idea. Factors such as cost and maintenance can be unpleasant, but it doesn’t have to be.
There are several expenses associated with having a pool, some of which are recurring costs, e.g. the cost of chemicals, weekly cleaning, but among the most important are finishing and lining. Concrete pools themselves can be quite expensive, so maintaining them properly should always be your top priority.
In addition to the usual prices for general pool maintenance throughout the year, repairs and maintenance services can be added to the bills.
It is very important to properly seal the bottom surface and walls of your pool as it helps to prevent water from seeping into the ground. With proper care of the pool surface coating, it can ideally last up to two decades, but in most cases, it would need to be repaired before that. When the coating is not Diamond Brite it may even only last 5 years.
To determine how much it would cost to put a new coating on the surface of your pool we need to consider several factors.
These factors include:
– The extent of the damage to the surface of the pool.
– The need for additional repairs such as leaks or crack repairs.
– The type and quality of material you want to use for the new surface.
When it comes to choosing the type of pool cover, there are several options. The three basic types of pool surfaces and their average cost per square foot are as follows.
– White plaster – $4 per square foot
– Quartz aggregate finish / Diamond Brite – $5 per square foot
– Pebble finish: $10 per square foot
As we can see from the comparison above, the added quartz finish provides a good balance between affordability and quality. It is a mixture of concrete and finely crushed stone, which is then stained and smoothed over the concrete in your pool.
When you use the Diamond Brite pool liner, you save money because of its longer life, comfortable and elegant finish, and quick installation. Diamond Brite is chosen and used internationally in thousands of private pools, resorts, hotels, public pools, clubs, Olympic competition sports facilities, water parks, Disney World, Sea World and more.
These are some of the advantages that distinguish Diamod Brite:
– It lasts five times longer than paint.
– Reduces the possibility of leaks
– Prevents bacterial adhesion
– Decrease in chemical consumption.
– Different colours
– Easy maintenance and cleaning.
The durability of the Diamond Brite is guaranteed if the correct installation is made. Although this is a simple and quick procedure, we recommend that you hire a trained staff; the installation consists of several steps and requires specific equipment.
Diamond Brite Finish VS White Plaster – Which is better?
Although a little more expensive than white plaster, Diamond Brite plaster is still the most popular choice. This is because, due to the wide variety of color ranges available, you have the freedom to create an original finish design and give your pool the unique color you want.
In addition, quartz-added style pool surfaces can last around 10-15 years. While white plaster only lasts 7-10 years and without care it could last less. For this reason, it is generally not worth the cost savings up front to the long-term savings.
The added quartz finish provides a good balance between affordability and quality. That’s why it’s used in finishes for spas, decks, water areas or swimming pools.
What happens when I don’t repave my pool?
Pool resurfacing is a pool maintenance process that is essential to keep your pool looking like new. It also helps the pool maintain its structural integrity.
If your pool is approximately 10 years old or older, it is quite likely that you will need a Diamond Brite resurfacing project, either as a stand-alone project, or a total pool rebuilding or remodeling project.
When we perform this type of remodeling by resurfacing our pool we help repair and correct water loss problems caused by cracks and general wear and tear. Another advantage is that we provide our pool with an improved and updated appearance. Repainting the pool is not a frequently needed maintenance, however, if you have not done it, it is something you should keep in mind among the services to be performed.
We recommend considering this process once your group reaches over 10 years.
Diamond Brite coating provides protection against environmental contaminants
Thanks to its composition of oil from purified rocks, Diamond brite has the properties of a robust and durable enamel. It is formulated in a two-step process so that each product complements the other.
The end result is a tough, high gloss finish with a protective exterior that creates Diamond Brite, and provides an efficient barrier against traffic film, road salt, acid rain, insect fluids and even tree sap, as well as several other airborne contaminants that can react and potentially ruin your pool’s finish.
Diamond Brite also helps eliminate fading from exposure to UV light along with nitrate etching caused by bird droppings.
Diamond Brite Resurfacing prevents stains from appearing in the pool
Stains or discoloration on the floor and walls of the pool are one of the important reasons you may want to consider resurfacing your pool. Pools begin to discolor over the years due to wear and tear on the materials they were lined with.
Stains can be caused by minerals, chemicals and other materials in the vicinity. Also by dirt introduced into the pool through external agents such as rainwater, leaves, garbage and natural debris.
In 90% of cases, pool surface stains are caused by algae colonies. If they appear to be of a green, red or other natural colour it is much more likely that they are. If these unsightly stains don’t come off even after vigorous cleaning, then you should consider it time to change your pool liner.
Diamond Brite coating provides comfort and safety
One very important reason why pool liners are an essential part of maintenance is to make all pool surfaces slip-resistant.
This will give you a greater sense of security if you know that your pool is comfortable and anti-slip for your family or guests.
Diamond Brite’s surface finish is comfortable for everyone’s feet. Diamond Brite is the ideal surface for both homes and commercial environments where it is likely to be wet and slippery, which is why it is also used in terraces, spas and aquariums.
What is the best finish for my pool?
We have already seen that of the three finishes for pools that we talk about in this article, which are the most popular, white plaster is the cheapest option.
However, this type of finish is becoming obsolete and, in fact, is only suitable for those looking for a finish on a strict budget (in some cases), or those who have a large pool area to cover.
While white plaster helps give your pool a classic blue glow, it can easily stain, has a rough surface feel and has the shortest life span of all options in an expected 5-10 year lifespan.
On the other hand, the Diamond Brite finish, even though it costs a little more than white plaster, is more durable, has a long list of favorable advantages and has a longer life of approximately 10-15 years (20 years if perfectly maintained).
In addition, you also have the freedom to customize your pool thanks to the variety of exquisite shades and colors available for you to choose from.
Finally, the pebble finish is the most expensive but luxurious option available. It is made using larger aggregate stones. It is a luxuriously smooth surface that is highly reflective and offers a wide range of colors. This pool finish has the longest life span of about 15-25 years. While it is more lush and is used in mostly decorative pools.
Diamond Brite combines the best of all surfaces and is in line with most people’s budgets.
At Urban Pool Services we are ready to respond to each of your needs, we have trained professionals ready to maintain your pool in the best condition. Request your quote today, without any obligation.