PebbleTec® and It’s Advantages

Are you looking at building a swimming pool? Today, many companies use PebbleTec® as the pool finish material of choice. It may be more expensive than a traditional pool plaster, but it has a longer life. One of the most important features is the interior surface. The surface resists the absorption of pool chemicals as well as algae growth and staining because it is non-porous. On the other hand, traditional pool plaster finishes require more maintenance because it has a shorter lifespan, and its porous surface can be a “magnet” for algae and stains.

What is a PebbleTec®?

PebbleTec® pool finishes are a mixture of hydraulic cement and polished stone pebbles or glass.  The material has cement, water, pigments, and additives.

Choice of Colors and Textures

There is a wide range of colors available.  However, a homeowner may be confused when choosing a pool finish color because some patterns are modern and cool or bright and summery.  Ultimately, the designer can help select the color that, along with the surface effects, will add elegance to the new oasis.

Texture can also influence the decision when choosing a color.  Note that smaller pebbles are best because they will not scratch or hurt your feet, and the surface is non-slip and stain-resistant.


Pebble floors offer a unique design that can fit into an overall design scheme.  The advantage is that it gives your backyard the feeling of a natural oasis and can fully fit into the design of a house.


The pebble combination is applied to the concrete using a pneumatic sprayer.  In other words, the mixture is pumped through a hose to ensure even coverage.  Installers then scrape Pebble Tec by hand to create a compact surface.  In most cases, technicians wear special shoes with spikes to protect the surface.

To expose the pebbles or glass beads, technicians use a water jet to remove excess cement, apply an acidic solution, and clean it with a pressure washer.  Once the installation is complete, fill the pool with water, follow the pool maintenance instructions, balance the chemicals and swim away!

Less Maintenance

Save time and money with an interior surface made of pebbles.  It’s non-porous, stain-resistant, and non-slip.  To prevent scale buildup, check the chemical balance of your pool water at least twice a week.  Make sure the overall level is between 7.4 and 7.5.  Otherwise, it may result in limescale buildup, which in some cases will require draining the water from the pool in order to clean properly.

Once again, Cody Pools is the #1 swimming pool builder for the 10th year in a row!  Contact any of our Texas, Florida, or Arizona offices, or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.