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Providing a finish that not only looks good but feels good
too, it’s no wonder tiling is often considered the premium
when it comes to finishing a swimming pool. And, according
to Paul Robins of Ceramic Tile Supplies, the best thing about
a tiled or mosaic pool is that it will never fade, wear or crack.
“On top of this, when you see a fully tiled pool – in glass
mosaics in particular – the result is always spectacular!” Paul
says. “The depth of colour, energy and movement that the
mosaics provide is quite outstanding. The choice of colours is
also huge, so you can achieve any look that you can imagine.”
Pools lined with tiles are also easier to clean compared to
a cement-based surface, and require less maintenance.
While the price tag may be a little heftier and grout may
require periodic cleaning, tiling makes up for this with a long
lifespan. “When it comes to installing, a high-performance
polymer-modified adhesive is always needed in swimming
pools, as well as a good waterproofing membrane, which
many people overlook,” says Paul.
Paul also highly recommends the use of epoxy grout
as a type of insurance policy when using glass mosaics,
especially on waterline tiling, water features and overflow
walls – basically any areas that can get very hot when out
of the water, and cool down rapidly when exposed to water.
“Epoxy grout has traditionally been very difficult to work
with, however, there is a new generation that is proving to
be very user-friendly.”
As for curved surfaces of the pool, “it’s all in the
preparation!” says Paul. This is where it’s important to discuss
with your tiler their particular techniques for such surfaces, so
that you don’t end up with cracks or loose tiles.
CHLORINE vs SALT vs OZONE
While it’s tempting to dive straight into your pool at the first sign of a hot day, it’s
important to make sure you know what’s going on under the surface. Preventative
measures need to be taken to ensure your pool doesn’t become a breeding ground for
Depending on the size of your pool and your budget, there are a range of options.
Perhaps the most talked-about form of pool sanitation at the moment is ozone.
Ozone treatment has been widely used around the world in public pools, hospital
hydrotherapy pools, health farms and industrial water treatment plants,
and is now being used in backyard pools, too.
“Ozone is one of the most effective bactericides known,” says Jutta Wilkinson of
Healing Water Supplies. “Ozone kills bacteria, algae, viruses and fungi 5000 times
faster than chlorine, leaving the water with sparkling clarity and a bluish tint.”
The chlorine-free swimming system uses high levels of oxygen, promoting the
healing of cuts and skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Furthermore, there
is no deterioration of swimwear and no need to shower after swimming.
“As there is no use of harsh chemicals, pool equipment will last longer and there
is no corrosion of pool blankets and cleaners,” Jutta says. “Ozone can be safely
backwashed into the gardens, which will flourish from the water that has no residual
chlorine, salt or bromine.”
Pool chemicals based on chlorine and bromine are the most traditionally
used forms of pool sanitation. However, as these sanitisers do their work it’s been
shown that they gradually become less effective. This, of course, leads to the need
for renewal and level top-ups.
When it comes to the different forms of chlorine – granular, liquid and tablet – it
pays to shop around, because the type you choose determines whether you need to
adjust levels manually or if the work can be done automatically. Another side effect is
the ‘public pool’ smell of chlorine, along with possible eye and skin irritation.
Often thought of as a more natural option, salt water chlorination erases the need
to buy, store and handle many chemicals. While you may be paying more up front,
maintenance time is cut back so there is a lower cost of upkeep. In addition, it’s
considered a healthier choice for your skin and eyes.
Jutta also advises that water circulation is important for pool clarity. When building
a pool, keep in mind the layout of plumbing, suction and return jets to provide
optimum pool operation. “When using a sand filter, sand media needs changing every
five years, whereas glass media will last for up to 20 years and filters down to two
microns. Sand only filters down to five to seven microns,” she says.
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