About Pebble Interiors
The use of pebbles in the lining of pools started in Australia approximately 25 years ago. Many people may remember the large aggregate used in pebble interiors as being rough to touch. Now however, we have available 1mm to 2mm pebbles, which when applied correctly by our team provide a fabulous smooth texture. The inert nature and hard but smooth feel of pebble means a trouble free and unlimited life span, combined with good looks and appealing water colour.
Although Pebble finishes come in different colours, the actual colour when underwater will greatly depend on the landscape where you live, the time of day and the depth of your pool. Water colour is either Blue or Green, depending on the pebble colour you choose, but the reflection of hills and other natural features near the pool will determine the exact colour of blue or green. This colour will change slightly with the passage of the Sun across the sky.
Why choose pebble?
- Durability and affordability – with your base colours being Gold Champagne Salt and Pepper and White – your mid range being Blue Ice, Midnight , Gold with turquoise chip and Premium range being Galaxy and Mad Blue. Many colours can be achieved, all depending on pebble, glass chips, dye. We have used the same dye company for eighteen years and have not had a problem with fading.
- Pebble is equally suited to salt water or chlorine or ozone.
Whilst we have and do rollover copings you must be aware that these can crack and we suggest against this application. Pebble is best off in a controlled environment ie; under the coping pavers / tile, away from the heat of the sun. For this reason we cannot warranty rollovers.
Pebble is not a water- proofing agent but a decorative coating.
Your new pool cannot be pebbled unless you have had fencing passed by your local council authority or building certifier. This is due to the fact that your pool has to be filled within 24 hours after application. Form 17 required.
Weir walls & troughs, ponds and castellations (stepping stones)
Today many architects are involved with the design of your new pool. Whilst these additions look fantastic a few pointers to help you and save problems down the track. Tile the face of your weir wall – as pebble prefers to be under water many weir walls are in direct sunlight and pebble become drummy if allowed to dry out. Castellations, provide access in some difficult situations, however pebble is a hand trowelled product and variations will occur, we find that tiled castellations provide a more acceptable finish.
- Do not stop the water until the pool is completely full – if the water is stopped before the pool is full, it is likely there will be a ring at the water line that will be difficult if not impossible to remove.
- Do not enter pool until completely full
- After the filter has been started, the pool should be brushed once daily for the first four weeks. Plaster residue accumulates in all newly pebbled pools and produces a cloudy appearance until cleared by filter system. This is normal, but if not removed the residue will harden and discolour the surface
- Clean your filter regularly during this period
- Chemical balance of the pool water should be kept at proper levels at all times. Failure to keep a correct chemical balance will result in a scale build up and discolouring of the pool surface.
- PH 6.8 to 7.2 for the first month. Then 7.2 to 7.6
- Total Alkalinity 150 ppm.
- NO CALCIUM to be added for at least the first month.
- Final water colour can take up to 2 weeks to be achieved
- Check after storms that no dirt has been deposited in the pool
- Do not drain the pool without consulting builder, as pool surface can be severely damaged if permitted to dry out. Draining is not recommended for at least eighteen months, except for repair and then only under professional supervision.
- We advise that salt not be added for 28 days after your new interior has been completed. Buy only fine grade salt available at all pool shops as cheaper versions can be detrimental to your new interior. For this period we suggest you run your pool on liquid chlorine during the curing stage.
- We suggest you use your local pool shop for all your chemicals and advise as these people are professionals in the field of water chemistry.
Application of Pebbles
Application of Pebble Interior
- Concrete shell must be clean of all debris, water and concrete overspray
- It is advised that all penetrations in pool shell (pipes, skimmer box, main drain be sealed prior to application of your new surface)
- Glue coat is applied by pump and broomed over surface
- Pebble mix is sprayed on to walls and floor and hand trowelled to a smooth finish
- At the appropriate time the interior is then water blasted to expose your new pebble interior
- All slurry is bagged and left on site for your disposal – or for a charge we can take it away
- The interior is then left to cure
- We return and acid clean the new interior to remove any cement residue.
- At this point we fit any necessary pool fittings (supplied by builder)
- Hose is left filling your new pool.
- You are now ready for your pool builder or pool shop to come in and balance your pool water with chemicals.
Thank you for visiting our gallery of colours. All pools on this web site have been finished by Mad Pool Interiors. Many builders refer their customers onto our web site as I am sure you would agree it is one of the most comprehensive sites for your new interior. However don't be fooled by imitations, if you do not see our clearly sign written vehicles and our boys in blue arrive at your place, then Mad Pool Interiors are not doing your new interior. So feel free to give Donna or Ashleigh a call in the office to ensure that the Mad team are completing your new interior. Don't be caught out as some customers have been, believing that the Mad Team has been booked or has completed your pool.