It's true that proper pool chemistry does affect the color of your pool water, but did you know that the color of your pool finish has the biggest impact of the color your pool water appears to be?
Most people think that first step to determining what color water you want to have in your pool would be to choose a pool finish, but those people would be wrong. It's actually the complete opposite! One should always choose the color that they want their pool water BEFORE deciding on a pool finish. Other things a pool owner should think about are how much sunlight the pool will get, the shape of the pool and landscaping features. All these things will have an impact on the color your water will appear. Pool water is either green or blue and the pool finish will be the biggest factor in which color it is.
Most people prefer their pool water to be blue and truly, it is the most popular swimming pool finish color. We used to often see white pool plaster as a pool finish and it was great at providing a bright canvas for the color spectrum to reflect blue light. Today, if you prefer a blue tint to your pool water you'll want to check out: white, black, blue, and grey pool finishes. These days , tinted pool plasters, aggregates and glass beads are the premier choice for pool finishes and one of these four colors as the base will give your water a blue hue.
Some pool owners are surprised when their pool is green. They worry and think something isn't "right". However, this can be completely normal. Their pool finish may be made of fine pebbles and natural aggregates which would create this effect. If white finish creates a blue hued water, then natural tones, will create a green hue. If you PREFER your pool water to be green, you'll want pool finishes that are green, brown, or tan.
Remember, if your pool finish creates a green hue for your water, you can't go by the color of the water to determine if your pool is dirty. You'll have to a check on your pool water chemistry two to three times a week. Do NOT over use chemicals because then you'll start to harm your pool's finish.
Whether you want traditional clear blue water or a green hue that leaves you feeling tropical, it's up to you and your pool finish to decide.
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