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Old 09-21-2009, 12:06 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I am curious about people's pools - first of all, what is the temperature of your pool, after your hot summer? Is it refreshing to go in, or is it like a hot tub? Also, is Pebble-Tec (or a similar product) used much for pools there, or are they all plaster?

(Considering a move to SA...just looking at all of the factors!)
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:29 AM
Location: Texas
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Mine stays at around 73 degrees. That is refreshing in the summer but a bit cool in the fall. Most of the pool owners I know have plaster pools. I do, too.

I kept a photo diary of the pool construction back in 1980. I ran across the pictures the other day. I had forgotten that it snowed before the pool was finished. I was out there in a winter coat in the snow looking at the hole in the ground.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:54 AM
Location: Northwest
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dark blue colored plaster
peaks about 96 in summer
about 81 now
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:04 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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White plaster pool - no heater or cover used - our pool is 'open' all year long - we're like Ketabcha - low to mid 70's all summer - late August - might get near 80.....first cool off, back down really cool - and much too cold for me to swim For me personally - it 'feels' refreshing all summer long.....even with our brutal summer this year - our pool never got 'bathtub' warm. SO swims all year long......

I've heard the darker plaster colors retain heat better - any truth to that I wonder?
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:58 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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That is one reason why I asked about plaster vs. Pebble-Tec. We are in SoCal, and changed our pool from white plaster to grayish Pebble-Tec. It's not that dark, but it radically increased our pool temperature. I was wondering if, with your high temperatures this summer, if it made your pools unusable! It sounds like for a plaster pool, it's not an issue - great news!
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:35 PM
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Where in SoCal? We moved out a year ago...

Anyway, we have Pebble Tec - kind of a tan color - makes the water look jade green. Haven't noticed the water temp being particularly hi - usually low to mid 80s in the summer. Only one company does Pebble Tec here - Keith Zars.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:53 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We are in central Orange County - looking to get out before the Big One hits! (earthquake, not mortgage crisis - that big one already hit...) We have enjoyed our Pebble-tec - lots of builders are doing it here. I think that Keith Zars may be out of our price range, from what I've heard!
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:48 AM
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We were in Irvine (near Jamboree and Portola). I'm originally from here and much of my wife's family moved out here. It's a great place to live, but there are things I will always miss about California...

Don't be too sure about Keith Zars - we bid out our pool to Gary's and River Oak. Zars beat them all. I don't know precisely how much the Pebble Tec cost, but it wasn't much. Depending on where you are going to be and how deep you want your pool, the biggest variable may be rock excavation.
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:19 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Pebble Tec is a brand that Zars uses, but all these guys have similar products.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:58 AM
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The color of the pools finish, plaster or another product, will increase or decrease the ambient water temperature. Last summer we built two pools next door to each other. Both pools were finished in marcite plaster. One pool was a charcoal grey and the other was a light grey. The charcoal pool, with similar sun exposure, was 14-16 degrees warmer, almost to the point of discomfort for our homeowner.
As for upgraded pool finishes: Stonescapes, Pebble-Tec and Wet Edge are all similar products with my favorite being wet edge. There is also beadcrete and quartz as options as well. Out of these beadcrete is by far the most expensive. Quartz is an affordable option and a very hardy finish. The main reason for upgrading a pools finish from marcite plaster if the "hardiness" of the finish itself. All of the aforementioned upgraded finishes will outlast traditional plaster, some by double or triple.
Wether re-finishing an existing pool or constructing a new pool it is best to talk with your contractor about the various options and determine what works best for you in regards to your budget and your expectations, both for aesthetics and functional purposes.
The type of finish will not impact your water temp, the color will. Hope this helps.
Moderator cut: contact information. I am a higher end custom builder in the area and don't mind sharing ideas or helping with anyone's questions. Have a great day.

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