New Pools – The firbreglass or marbelite choice
Fibreglass lined concrete swimming pools offer all of the benefits of pre-formed, factory-moulded pools. In fibreglass lined pools, the structural strength is provided by the concrete, brick etc. structure of the pool. The surface finish of a fibreglass lined pool, whilst not as smooth as a premoulded, factory-built fibreglass pool, is smoother and less porous than gunite or marbelite plaster.
Fibreglass linings are applied to existing gunited or marbelite pools either for cosmetic reasons i.e. to offer an attractive finish which is strong, durable, and requires minimal maintanance, or for functional reasons, i.e. to provide a waterproof lining for pools that are prone to leaking. Cracked or leaking concrete pools must be repaired and correctly prepared prior to application of a fibreglass lining.
In either case, the fibreglass lining will provide a skin that is strong, durable, and requires minimal maintanance. More and more homeowners are finding that fibreglass lined pools are stronger, more durable and less susceptible to surface degradation or cracking, than pools made from more conventional materials.
Fibreglass reinforced polyester (GRP) composite materials, is the material that is revolutionising the pool industry by keeping water in whilst maintaining its good appearance and ease of maintanance.
Compared to a concrete or marbelite pool, a fibreglass lined pool is generally less costly to maintain on a daily or monthly basis. This is important to the pool owner, because a clean pool is a healthy pool. It is estimated that owners of a GRP-lined pool will enjoy enough savings in a 12-month period of having the GRP lining, to pay for the cost of the lining.
The savings come about through significant reductions in the chemicals required during summer, to maintain well balanced, crystal-clear water. Saving also accrue bacause the (more…)