Why Doesn’t My Pool Color Match The Picture In The Catalog?

Why Doesn’t My Pool Color Match The Picture In The Catalog?


From SwimmingPool.com

Of all the myriad questions that are presented to swimming pool designers and builders, the most common question is “What color is my pool going to be?”  This is a very complex and complicated question to answer, and frankly, the real answer is a moving target.  Pool color can be affected by a number of factors, and can change dynamically depending on the environment.  This post from Swimmingpool.com gives a very good explanation of these factors, as well as what a consumer can expect from the final product.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

When selecting a pool finish, the main thing you may want to know is “What color will my pool water be?” Then you ask youself, “Why doesn’t my pool water match the color in the pictures in the catalog or on the website?”

The pictures with this article clearly illustrate just how different the same pool finish can look. And I assure you – this is NORMAL! Many environmental factors can have an impact on the color of the water in a pool, like the depth of the water, the time of day, and the pool’s surroundings. The colors of any glass bead or stone accents in the finish will affect the color as well.

Water Depth and Water Color

When you look at shallow water, as on top steps, swim outs, and spa benches, you’re really looking at the pool finish itself and not seeing much color in the water. The water in “play pools” of 3 ½ to 6 feet deep will not have much saturation either.

Even a black pool finish can create a gold-tone water color in very shallow water, but it will change to emerald green in the deep end of the pool. If you use the same finish in a pool and an attached spa, you’ll notice that the water color changes with the depth of the water. The deeper the water, the more dramatic the water color.

Time, Space & Weather

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