Choosing the Best Stone For Pool Linings

Natural stone is an architectural design factor due to its wide range of colors and textures, but it also has very practical advantages due to its material properties: It is hard-wearing and durable, frost-resistant, easy to clean and resistant to moisture and heat. In addition, natural stone has the highest load-bearing capacity and the lowest abrasion values. Due to the extensive color and structure selection, each pool surround gets its unique design and can be optimally adapted to the environment – your garden and your house.

Patio Material

Which natural stone is the best for your pool surround?

  • Quartzite

Quartzites are fine- to medium-grained metamorphic rocks characterized by great resistance to environmental influences. Perfectly suited for pool edge stones.

  • Granite

Granites have high resistance, hardness and weather resistance. They are used, for example, in road construction as paving stones. Perfectly suited for pool surrounds.

  • Limestone

Limestone is extremely versatile. Especially dense limestone is used as an easy to work natural stone, which is particularly advantageous for pool edging.

  • Travertine

Travertine is mostly porous and interspersed with cavities. This makes it easy to work with and its ability to absorb water makes it particularly suitable for use as a pool surround.

  • Sandstone

Sandstone is a widely used building material. Used as paving stone and for facades, but also very suitable for pool surrounds.

  • Crystal marble

Durability and unique appearance make marble a desirable natural stone for pool surrounds.

Which natural stone is best suited to your pool? Here, first and foremost, the appearance is decisive. Since our natural stones are available in countless color variations, you already have a large selection in this regard. In addition to the appearance, other criteria also play an important role in the selection of the right stone for your pool surround.

Granite and quartzite – top for the natural stone pool

For wet areas, hard stones such as granite or quartzite, especially silver quartzite, have proven their worth – the extraordinarily robust structure of these natural stones and their visual characteristics, such as glitter and mica effects, are practical and aesthetic assets for a pool. The gray tones with the green shimmer of the Swiss natural stone combine with the water to create a blue and green sparkling visual experience. Nature and aesthetics are combined here in a perfect way! If you decide to custom design a pool with quartzite or granite, you should first consult with a pool construction professional about it.

Natural warmth & good slip resistance

Depending on the sunlight and weather conditions, the color of the water in a natural stone pool changes. The natural material creates a varied and fascinating appearance. Water reflects the color of its surroundings – the iridescent color gradients of the stone surfaces create a particularly beautiful effect. In addition, natural stone offers another advantage – its good heat storage capacity. Linings with slabs of this material are natural sources of heat, storing the sun’s rays and providing a pleasant water temperature. The good slip resistance of natural stone also provides a good grip in wet areas and offers another advantage for pools.

Pool aesthetics that takes time

If you love something special and do not prefer a quick, cheap solution, you can tackle the project “pool with natural stone” and in any case, first consult with a pool construction specialist about it. However, unlike conventional prefabricated pools, the construction of a swimming pool with concrete and natural stone is complex and demanding. Care must be taken to use the right concrete, and the substrate must be chosen to allow for durable bonding. In any case, the buttering-floating method should be used, in which mortar is also applied to the back of the natural stone slabs. It enables full-surface bonding and prevents voids in the thin-bed mortar. The erection of the pool structure, the waterproofing measures and the so-called “concrete maturity” (i.e. the compressive strength of the concrete) can take several months. In return, the builder and architect have a wide range of design options – there are virtually no limits to creativity. The price of a natural stone pool also exceeds conventional swimming pools with prefabricated pools – but this pool is unique and very special.

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