When choosing a pool finish, one must look at all factors applicable so that it not only excels in aesthetics, but also is as long lasting as can be.
Among the vast array of surfacing options available today, Mini Pebble by StoneScapes gets chosen the most frequently. Now comes the difficult part; the selection of the finish.
Two popular choices that often pop up are Aqua Blue and Aqua White. Selection becomes difficult mostly due to the high level of importance given to the visual aspect of it.
For this particular reason, special attention has been given to this aspect during this comparison, along with the inclusion of visual cues to help you make the decision that you’re proud of.
A reason why StoneScapes Aqua Blue Mini Pebble is one of the top picks is due to its alluring appearance which catches the eye of its users every time. It gives an impression medium blue water color.
This, however, is just enough of a color intensity for some but a bit too dark, for most. I, personally, am not a huge fan. The colors are vivid and striking in broad daylight but loose most of the appeal at night, approaching a blackish shade, at times.
Perhaps the most appealing quality of this finish is that the shades as well as the color variations which help beautify it, are inherent in natural materials.
It is comprised of aqua blue pigmented, white Portland cement featuring gold, natural black and white quartz pebble aggregates as per the customer’s demands.
On the other hand the Aqua White Mini Pebble finish creates medium blue water color as well. However it consists of aqua blue pigmented Portland white cement and natural white quartz pebble aggregates which helps create an aesthetically pleasing sight of ocean water.
The tempting sight of water under the sunlight is worth the hassle of installation and price. A few users have reported it to be a bit ‘bland’ at times. I’ll let you decide!
The final choice in this sort of situation is highly subjective, so giving a final verdict is not easy. If you prefer a bit more neutral shades, Aqua White may be the way to go.
But if you want your pool to stand out a bit more, Aqua Blue is better for you. I’ll hand the aesthetics department to the Aqua White though.
The pebble pool surfaces usually come with dozens of design options and even are available in an array of colours. Both, the Aqua Blue Mini Pebble finish and Aqua White Mini Pebble share a similarity when it comes to the water appearance and that is the medium blue water colour which is created.
The sparkling blue water color of Aqua blue is a result of various pebble aggregates and the pigmented portland cement. Everyone likes to associate swimming pools with the ocean and the blue and crystal clear appearance created by the pebble finish helps resonate with the calm feeling of sea.
Aqua white pebble finish delivers a crystal like appearance and has a nice medium blue base. There is an option to add the abalone shell which is crushed up and highly polished after which it is added into the mix. It gives a nice sparkle to the water as well.
Feel to the touch
Many of the reviews from different customers of StoneScapes state that the regular pebble seems to be a little rough on the feet especially when an individual has been in the water for quite a while. The mini pebble delivers a smoother feel but as Mini Pebble is still a stone finish, it is usually rougher than plaster.
Between these two, the Aqua Blue Mini Pebble finish, somehow, seems to be a little harder on the girls’ swimsuits and there are also a few complaints regarding scrapes while playing in the pool.
On the other hand, Aqua White Mini Pebble finish is easier on the body and feet according to the most users and looks very inviting.
There are not many cons to a pebble pool surface because of its unique characteristics. It is always a great option but pebble pool surfaces can, generally, be rough on the feet especially if not properly installed.
Both of these pebble finishes usually last between 15 to 25 years if provided with proper maintenance. Not only does this material enhance the look of the outdoor oasis but it also provides a very inviting surface for the in-ground pools.
The Aqua White Mini Pebble finish along with Aqua Blue Mini Pebble finish lend the feel of basically a pebble-bottomed stream. Quartz, glass beads, pebbles as well as other aggregates help add durability and beautify to the pool finish.
As compared to regular pebbles the mini pebbles are more on the pricey side as these are way smoother and more aesthetically pleasing as well. The price is entirely dependent on your location and your contractor.
In some cases the price ranges lie somewhat between $3000 to $7000. While in some other cases it could go up to $8000. The size of the pool, obviously, plays a key role in deciding the price range of the required pebble finish.
Conclusion- Which One to Choose?
Both of these Mini Pebble finishes have their own set of unique offerings that make them stand out in the lot. Either way you go, is a win-win, if you ask me.
Aqua White Mini Pebble would be the slightly better choice, in my opinion, as it is not as harsh to the body and is easier on the feet as well and the crystal like appearance after being installed is the cherry on top.
That being said, Aqua Blue mini pebble finish doesn’t fail to deliver on a quality pool time as well. It is the ultimate go-to for people looking for that coveted tropical deep-blue ocean look as well as those who want a bit more pop to the pool.
A few other interesting options do exist within the mini pebble finishes for which you can read our equally in-depth guide Tropics Blue vs. Tahoe Blue