All Pools 

Swimming pools (and Spa’s) are in fact mild chemical baths, nice ones though.

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.

By the same token it will tend to try to stop any ground water that passes through porous concrete, entering the pool water too, for the same reasons. Though any such ground water may due to hydrostatic pressure, it can cause blisters to form in the Epotec coating, which can result in delamination, as will happen with any applied coating.

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? 

There are several types of finishes for pools and spas. What ever you choose they will want to be:

  • Decorative
  • Seamless
  • Easy to clean
  • Long lasting

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.

Paint compared  to Aggregate Type finishes (which cannot be refurbished easily); paint has no rough surfaces to scratch the skin, and a smooth finish for easy cleaning. In addition is long lasting and easily up graded, to prolong its lifespan.

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

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