What is Pool Mottling and Can It Be Fixed? - Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling

What is Pool Mottling and Can It Be Fixed?

Pool Mottling

Pool mottling, the variations in the color of cement or pool plaster, is a common concern among pool owners and pool remodelers alike. Ranging from unnoticeable to severe, the mottling of pool finishes like quartz and plaster, as well as cement decks, is unpredictable and can happen to any pool.

While pool mottling may sound serious, it is an aesthetic issue that has no impact on the strength and durability of your pool. In fact, cement mottling can be seen all around us in everyday environments such as on sidewalks and most people don’t even notice.

Why Does Pool Mottling Occur?

Each pool finish and deck will have some level of pool mottling. This is due to a variety of issues including hydration and the troweling process.

 Mottling is more apparent in darker plaster and quartz finishes. But it can also show up in lighter shades of plaster, as well.

Can Pool Mottling Be Treated?

Very little can be done to remedy the effects of mottling on cement decks and plaster finishes. This is due to how muriatic acid affects the plaster itself.

 Sometimes, depending on severity, the appearance can be improved by an in-pool acid wash. Extreme cases may require the pool to be drained and acid applied directly on the finish.

 For quartz pool finishes, an acid wash might be able to reduce the appearance of mottling.

 Mottling of some form can be found among the poolscapes of nearly every pool. If it is a concern, there are higher-end pool finish options such as Pebble Tec and Pebble Sheen which experience little to no mottling or simply select a white plaster or quartz finish to minimize mottling.

San Diego Pool Remodeling Experts

When it comes to protecting your investment, the pool remodeling experts at Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling have your best interest in mind. Contact us today to learn more about all of our remodeling services and how we can help keep your pool healthy and functioning at its maximum efficiency.

About The Company 

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has been serving the Southern California area since 1969. As one of only 50 licensed PebbleTec® applicators in the entire United States and the exclusive SoCal referral partner of Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Gardner Remodeling is the premier pool contractor in San Diego County, LA County, Orange County, and Palm Springs. 

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling completes over 1,600 projects each year and has completed over 44,000 projects in the Southern California area. They focus solely on swimming pools and the surrounding landscaping and specialize in all aspects of pool remodeling, including pool finishes, pool tile, pool coping, pool mosaics, plumbing and electrical work, and both commercial and residential swimming pools. 

As the only pool remodeling company with three showrooms to serve you – in El Cajon, Orange, and Indio – Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has over 170 employees and has three levels of management to ensure the quality of every project. Gardner Remodeling maintains an A+ rating with the BBB and is certified by the ASPS, IPSA, and National Plasterers Council. Take a look at their gallery for inspiration and contact them to get started on your pool remodeling project.