These days you have a wide variety of interior choices available.
Quartzon or Pebble?
Traditional pebble has been the most common surface in Australian swimming pools for the past fifteen years, and it's easy to see why. Standard pebble is stronger and lasts longer than other traditional pool surfaces, such as marblesheen, fibreglass, vinyl and paint. Pebble is also less expensive in comparison to a fully tiled interior.
Like standard pebble, Quartzon is made with cement and pebbles. Pebble is strong, but Quartzon is even stronger: Most standard pebble surfaces are made with single sized quartz or limestone particles that are set in a cement grout mix. Quartzon is made with multi-sized quartz particles, ranging from 0.1 to 3.0 mm. This gives Quartzon a higher density mix, with closer fitting particles and less exposed cement.
Pebble requires less water balance maintenance because it is mainly exposed rock. Quartzon, due to its high white cement and additives content, will require you to be very strict with the water balance otherwise problems with the surface can occur.
Marblelite or Marble Sheen
This surface has been around for over 40 years and was the traditional surface used on most in ground pools. These days the product is not quite the same and fewer tradesmen know how to apply it.
Vinyl is a good alternative if you are looking for distinctive colours or maybe a pattern affect. Some people prefer the smoothness of Vinyl over the slightly rougher traditional interiors such as Pebble and Quartzon.
A painted pool falls into 2 categories. Epoxy paint whilst more durable tends to flake off after awhile and is very difficult to reapply. This is definitely best left to the professionals. Chlorinated rubber based paints are less durable but more serviceable. Most council pools are painted with this and are drained every winter for re coating. A domestic pool would need this done every 5 years.
A tiled interior looks fantastic and is very low maintenance. The down side is the large initial expense compared to other surfaces.
Your pool or spa should be manufactures using only the very best materials that have been purposely designed for fibreglass swimming pools.
Vinyl ester resin, for example, is incorporated within the manufacture of all Freedom pools.
This will ensure that your new pool or outdoor spa is protected from possible osmosis under most conditions. Osmosis is a kind of blistering that has been described as fibreglass reinforced plastic's version of rust. With the introduction of this special vinyl ester resin, pools have been extensively tested and proved to be in immaculate condition for many years after installation.
Once you have chosen your new fibreglass pool , the fibreglass casing is applied. Specially matched resins are then used to complete the pool and produce an ultimate laminated finish.
- Quick as a splash Your fibreglass pool can be installed in as little as 2 days after Council approval.
- The big finish An impervious pigmented surface finish called "gelcoat" is applied during manufacture so you needn't spend time and money on tiling etc.
- Maintenance free Under normal conditions, the gelcoat finish never needs painting. It cleans easily and resists stains
- Smooth and safe Unlike some other materials, a fibreglass pool is not abrasive and there are no sharp and dangerous edges...just smooth seating areas.
- Flexing it's muscle The high tensile strength of fibreglass lets the pool shell flex without cracking to accommodate earth movement.
- Add a little salt Salt water pools are becoming increasingly popular for their healthy natural feel. Salt water is totally compatible with fibreglass
- You get what you see The pool style you select in the display centre or brochure is exactly what you get at home. No hit or miss guesswork as the pool shell arrives on site pre-formed and complete
- Looking good Fibreglass pools come in a fantastic range of colours, shapes, sizes and designs
- Warmer water Fibreglass is an insulator so the water is insulated from the cold ground soils.
- Colour Your pool finish can be in any colour: Plain colours or the exclusive MarbleTech marble finish unique to Freedom Pools
- Chemicals A fibreglass pool uses less chemicals as the surface is smooth and impervious to water, not like a plaster finish.
- Have fun!! That's all that's left to do, with the most hassle-free pool material available