For concrete pools it’s important to keep the pool water from reaching and reacting with the reinforcing steel in the concrete shell. This is even more so with salt water pools, as such water penetration can result in corrosion of the steel work leading to “concrete cancer” and in some cases structural failure. Epotec being a thick coating offers to water proof the inner surfaces of the pool and will assist in keeping the pool water away from the steel, as it’s largely water and vapour proof.
With Fiberglass pools the Epotec, being a high build coating in general replaces the worn gel coat, offering to protect the underlying fibreglass shell from pool water ingress and saving the shell from being compromised due to water absorption.
Should I paint my pool?
The main products used are: Paint, Tiles, Fibreglass and applied aggregate sufaces such as Marblesheen, Pebblecrete and Quartzon types.
Compared to Tiles, paint offers a seamless finish, no tile joints to get dirty, no tiles to fall off.
Fibreglass offers a similar hard wearing surface to paint, however it can only be applied successfuly to a smooth surface or as a new pool.
Commercial pool operators use only smooth, hard, easy clean surfaces, thats why they go for Epotec or tiles and sometimes fibreglass.
When selecting your pool finish think carefully, it can cost you BIG money with the wrong choice.
To distinguish between them:
|Aggregate Finishes||Epoxy-Epotec Hi Build|
|Surface can be rough on skin||Surface smooth and easy on skin|
|Requires Skilled Professionals to install||Easily done by Home Handy person|
|Can have shading variations||Uniform colour or artwork|
|Subject to staining from minerals||Resists staining very well|
|High cost of installation||Much better value of installation|
|May delaminate from concrete shell||Chemically adheres to concrete|
|Requires high degree of water quality||More resistant to water quality issues|
|Surface can be difficult to keep clean||Surface is smooth, easier to keep clean|
|Surface may crack||Resistant to cracking, tough|
|Cleaning systems can damage surface||Resistant to cleaning system damage|
|May last 10 – 12 years in good condition||Usually lasts 7 – 12 years, before recoat|
|Expensive to re plaster||Easy to re coat and not expensive|
|Attractive finishes, in range of colours||Attractive, decorative and smooth finishes in range of colours and artistic styles at less than half the cost of Plaster|
If you need further guidance contact Hitchins Technologies Pty Ltd