Seeking advice on new pool build plaster

ALandMELJuly 16, 2012

We live near Dallas and are building our first pool. I am seeking advice on plaster type. Our PB has given us the option of choosing any interior plaster type. After researching and visiting various pools, we are very set on a quartz product. Our PB prefers Quartzscapes but I've read from various sources (many in this forum) that Diamond Brite is a superior product (some say because it's premixed, versus Quartzscapes which is mixed onsite. So, my first question is whether we should stick with his recommendation of the Quartzscapes or push for the Diamond Brite.

My second question is about Diamond Quartz which is also made by SGM (the maker of Diamond Brite). We recently saw and felt a neighbor's pool done with Diamond Quartz and were surprised at how smooth it felt in comparison to the Quartzscapes. Can anyone tell me the difference between the Diamond Brite/Quartzscapes and the Diamond Quartz product?

Also, does anyone have experience with the comparison of colors between QS and DB? We love the QS Midnight Blue...would that correspond exactly to the DB Midnight Blue?

Finally, on an unrelated topic, our PB has put just one light in our 91 foot perimeter/~450 sq. ft/16,000 gallon play pool. (Plan attached) Is this one light (in its current location) sufficient to light a pool of this size or should we have him add another one? Our pool is in the gunite stage. If we do need another one added, how difficult would it be at this point?

Thank you in advance for your help and advice!

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    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 2:59PM
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I was under the impression that Diamond Quartz was just the premixed product that the applicator mixes with Portland Cement to form Diamondbrite.

We are going through the same process in Fort Worth, and have narrowed down to Diamondbrite or possibly Quartzscapes. Pebble Sheen and Pebble-Tec (and Stonescapes Mini-Pebble) were beautiful, but just a bit too rough for our little ones' feet (and swimsuits) in our opinion. Plaster is nice, but we'd like something a little sturdier after formerly owning a white plaster-finished pool. We ARE leaning toward Diamondbrite over Quartzscapes because of: 1) the premixing quality control issue you speak of; 2) the feel of the samples (Quartzscapes is a little rougher, though not bad); 3) our Pool Builder is ambivalent, but says his applicator has had good results with Diamondbrite and he is coming around on the product; 4) the color selection is more suited to what we're looking for (grey-green) than Quartzscapes - at least in the samples we got; 5) we've seen and felt Diamondbrite in a pool and the owner has nothing but positives to say about it; and 6) I've seen a few negative reviews here or at Trouble Free Pools (can't remember which) about problems with Quartzscapes blotching or not looking like the samples, which scares me even though I have a TON of confidence in our PB. Hope some of that helps.

As for the light, from what I've read elsewhere, I'd guess 1 light should be enough to light a pool of that size, though it depends on what look you're going for. For instance, I expect some shadowy areas and attenuation at the edges of the pool at night, and even prefer it.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 10:58PM
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I have used both Quartzscapes and Diamond Brite when building pools. The difference is that Diamond Brite is premixed, so it is a more uniform finish. It is not hard on the feet. Quartzscapes saves a lot of money, but the mixture is done onsite. You will see more variations and shading and mottling with Quartzscapes.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 8:10PM
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