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Swimming Pool Resurfacing with Pebble Tec

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Swimming Pool Resurfacing with Pebble Tec

Is the existing surface of your swimming pool rough, stained, chipping or just plain ugly? Then now is the time to consider renovating your pool. The swimming season is quickly approaching and now is the time to schedule your pool renovation to ensure your pool will be open for the beginning of the season.

Frank Bowman Designs resurfaces both residential and commercial swimming pools using many different brands of "Plaster or Marcite." Plaster and Marcite are different terms for the same thing. It is the material that coats the concrete shell of the pool and what you walk on when you are in a concrete swimming pool. Today we are going to discuss a product called Pebble Tec which is our most used and in our opinion "hands down" the best product to install in your swimming pool when it comes to longevity, appearance and maintenance. Pebble Tec is available in 18 attractive colors, our original Pebble Tec pool interior is the perfect choice for individuals desiring a more natural look for their pools, spas or water features.


What is Pebble Tec?
Pebble Tec is a patented interior surface for swimming pools utilizing finely screened natural river rock worn smooth by years of nature's tumbling. The rock is geologically tested for hardness, angularity, content, and size.

What is the history of Pebble Tec?
Pebble Tec was developed in Australia more than two decades ago. Over 50,000 pools have been installed in Australia and the United States. This means you are considering a time proven, quality product that has gained strong customer acceptance worldwide.

How are the pebbles placed on the surface?
Predetermined ratios of Pebble Tec stone and cement are combined with water and additives, then pneumatically applied with a standard pool plaster pump to a thickness of approximately 1/2". Once the Pebble Tec is applied, it is hand troweled utilizing a special process by trained applicators. At a precise time the material is "exposed" by a method which uncovers the top layer of pebbles. When the finish is thoroughly hardened, the pool is then cleaned with a solution to enhance the brightness and luster of the natural stone.

Is the surface rough?
The surface can be described as "orange peel" smooth with indentions. The stones used in Pebble Tec are finely screened and naturally tumbled resulting in a bumpy non-abrasive surface. The pebble surface is also comfortable for walking in the shallow end.

What if algae grows on the Pebble Tec finish?
Algae can be a problem on any pool surface if pool maintenance has been lacking. However, algae does not bond as readily to Pebble Tec as it does to conventional pool plaster due to the tumbled stone surface. Pebble Tec can also be cleaned more easily than plaster.

Does the Pebble Tec pool vary in color?
A pool done in this finish is intended to duplicate the natural appearance of a lake or stream bed and therefore color variation is a desired result. Water has a tendency to reflect hues and tones depending on sunlight intensity and angle that can vary depending on the time of day.

Will the pebbles fall off?
It is normal to experience a small loss of pebbles for a short period of time after Pebble Tec installation. You may find a handful in your strainer basket after you vacuum for the first few weeks but don't worry...your pool is covered with in excess of 30 million pebbles.

What is the warranty on Pebble Tec?
Frank Bowman Designs offers a written 15 year unconditional warranty on all Pebble Tec Installations. That's a piece of mind investment. Please consult with your installer as to their warranty terms and conditions.

Please feel free to contact Frank Bowman Designs if you have any additional questions about swimming pool resurfacing.

Submitted By: Frank Bowman

Frank Bowman Designs serves all of North Carolina, Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Lake Gaston, Southern Virginia and the surrounding areas. We specialize in the design & installation of Custom Concrete Swimming Pool Installations and Renovations including Tile and Coping, Natural Stone and Paver Decking, Pool Resurfacing with Pebble Tec. Visit Frank Bowman Designs at or Contact us at

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Comment by Saul E Belloso on August 3, 2014 at 7:56am

what product you use to remove the accumulation of calcium due to high PH on the Pebble Tec?...Thanks...

Comment by Don Parish on November 27, 2010 at 8:11am
Comment by Beth Bowman on November 22, 2010 at 2:29pm
Thank you very much, we strive to produce the best product possible. Our website is right in the middle of being updated so some of the pages have little or no content and some pages have the wrong content on them. We should have this whole process finished up right after the Thanksgiving Holiday. I wish I knew more about that kind of stuff to move things along a little faster than they are happening but it's just not my area of expertise...guess I'll just wait a little longer for the "tech" guys to stop playing video games and spend a little time on my site.

Thanks again for visiting-

Frank Bowamn
Comment by Randy Mann on November 22, 2010 at 2:21pm
i was just on your site you do some nice work
Comment by Beth Bowman on November 22, 2010 at 1:55pm
Yes...we usually acid wash it the day after we apply it. After the acid wash, the pool is power washed, all the fittings, drains and lights are installed and the pool is immediately filled with water.

Frank Bowman
Comment by Randy Mann on November 22, 2010 at 1:20pm
do you acid wash it?

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