If you’re ready to install a swimming pool in your Austin home’s backyard, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to finishes. Let’s go over some of the more popular ones to help you make your final decision. 

Gunite and Plaster

Gunite swimming pools offer the most flexibility when it comes to designing your swimming pool and is known for their structural strength. That’s why this material is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners in Austin and surrounding areas. 

Gunite is a concrete blend of cement, sand, and water and is applied using a high-pressure hose. When it dries, the gunite becomes extremely hard and forms the solid structure of the swimming pool. Gunite is paired with steel, another strong material, then finished with a layer of plaster.

When the hole is dug out to form the pool, a network of steel bars is installed at specific intervals to create a frame that covers the entire area of the pool. 


Aggregate pool finishes are also popular among homeowners. They contain stones, river pebbles, glass, or ceramic-coated crystals, and are mixed with pigmented plaster. Aggregate pool finishes are durable and visually appealing and provide pool owners with plenty of customizability.

You might think of all these pebbles and stones and assume that they may be uncomfortable to walk on when in the pool, but that’s not the case at all. Instead, aggregate pool finishes are surprisingly comfortable to the touch and are even slip-resistant. 

Aggregate is also non-porous, resistant to chemicals, and resistant to algae growth.

Crushed Quartz

Crushed quartz can be blended with cement and certain pigments to create a beautiful pool finish. Both colored and natural quartz is much harder than marble and can last anywhere from 7 to 12 years.

If you’re looking to install a swimming pool in your yard or are in need of revamping your existing pool, get in touch with your local Austin pool builders today!