The new glue for expanded polystyrene specific for pools

The new glue for expanded polystyrene specific for pools

The new glue for expanded polystyrene specific for pools

Nowadays there are new pool building techniques, which are simpler and quicker and that do not require a construction work. The latest trend in pool construction are the pools made of expanded polystyrene or EPS.

The use of polystyrene blocks or EPS filled with reinforced concrete has become widespread in the construction industry because it lightens certain building structures. But it is particularly in the pool building sector that it offers the most benefits in terms of endurance and construction speed.

It is very often the chosen material in multi-storey buildings where weight plays a major role in the construction. Furthermore, because of its high isulation value, this material gives a complete termal isulation. Thus, it should be noted that building a swimming pool using expanded polystyrene blocks is not only a more affordable alternative but also more energy efficient thanks to low running costs.

Apart from this, it is worth mentioning that expanded polystyrene or EPS avoids the growth of bacteria and fungi making it an ideal material for pool construction. Moreover this material is used not only for leveling the pool, but also for building steps or seats.

Expanded polystyrene blocks are lighter, cleaner and quicker to install than traditional bricks forming any boundary and shape of your pool design. Afterwards, only the installation of a RENOLIT ALKORPLAN on-site liner will be necessary in order to waterproof the swimming pool, thus saving the construction time of your pool.

For all that, RENOLIT has launched on the market the new RENOLIT ALKORGLUE zero solvents for geotextile fleece, which is specifically designed for not damaging the expanded polystyrene blocks used in the pool construction industry.

Thanks to the fact that it is solvent-free, not only is it not aggressive to the polystyrene blocks used for building swimming pools but it is also ideal for fixing RENOLIT ALKORPLAN fungicide pool felt underlay before installing RENOLIT ALKORPLAN reinforced membrane, the ultimate on-site pool liner.

Since the drying time is more than half an hour, small mistakes, which may occur when placing the pool felt underlay, can be corrected immediately without damaging it.

The RENOLIT ALKORPLAN pool felt underlay is a blue non-woven fabric of 400 g polypropylene fibres, which have undergone a fungicide treatment in order to avoid the proliferation of fungi and algae. This felt is installed directly on the walls and the bottom of the pool before the on-site lining takes place, and among other purposes, it helps make the bathers steps more comfortable.

In case the chosen pattern is RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH and butt welding must be carried out on the floor, installing pool felt underlay is unavoidable. Even if one of its main purposes is to avoid stain formation thanks to its fungicide treatment, using RENOLIT ALKORPLAN geotextile has also an aesthetic purpose. The result is a completely smooth surface because the felt underlay levels any small irregularities of the ground out. It is thus the right partner for pool refurbishments and renovations.

The new RENOLIT ALKORGLUE Zero Solvents glue is non-flammable and can be applied either wet, semi-wet or as contact glue. It should be applied with a spatula, serrated depending on the surface. No mixing is necessary. Since it is slow-drying, by applying pressure with a roller any grooves or air pockets will be removed. Stains or traces of wet RENOLIT ALKORGLUE Zero Solvents can be easily removed with water.

Do not hesitate to contact us through our contact form if you have any questions.

Reinventing tiled pools

Reinventing tiled pools

Reinventing tiled pools

Tiled pools are an absolute eye-catcher. Without a doubt! Nonetheless, not always feasible depending on the latitude.

Tiled pools are very popular in Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Portugal. This predilection for ceramic tiles is probably part of the heritage 700 years of Muslim domain left in the Iberian peninsula. It all happened though a few centuries ago and times change.

Even if tiled pools are a fancy pool lining option, they imply a few disadvantages. Regarding maintenance, ceramic tiles are a high-maintenance product. Not only become grout lines dirty easily but also they are prone to algae once they are washed out. Pool linings on the other hand require low-maintenance and are easy to clean.

Another disadvantage tiled pools have are detached ceramic tiles. Is there a crack in the pool? Then it isn’t watertight anymore. Furthermore, mosaic tiles that fall off can be dangerous for bathers because they can cut their feet when passing by.

Do you still want to have the aesthetics of a tiled pool in your garden? We have the solution for you! RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS is a slip-resistant, 2 mm thick on site lining with the aesthetics of the ancient temples of classical Greece. It looks like ceramic tiles but with all the advantages that a reinforced membrane offers.

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS Selene

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS Selene

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS Etna

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS Etna

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS Atenea

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN CERAMICS Atenea

A difficult decision? Not really! You have to adapt your pool to the surrounding or you go by the desired pool water colour. A qualified pool professional can help you out. You don’t know any reliable pool professional in your home area? Then contact us via this contact formular and will help you find one.

Pool orientation

Pool orientation

Pool orientation

 

In small gardens or backyards, we do not always have the opportunity to choose the location and orientation of our future pool. On the other hand, in many other cases the homeowner can choose among different places in order to build the leisure space.

 

When thinking about building a new pool many questions may arise regarding the pool orientation. Do I have to place it where there is more sunlight?  Should I keep it far away from trees and plants so that the leaves do not fall inside? Will my pool get dirtier if I do not consider the prevailing wind directions?

The correct answer is that both sun and wind are an important factor when selecting the perfect spot for your pool. So, it should be a sunny spot, far from trees and plants and facing towards the prevailing wind direction of the specific loaction.

Let the sunshine in!

Considering the amount of sunlight and shade is critical to choose your pool orientation. Not only should you consider how many hours of sunlight and at what time of the day but also how the house itself or the surrounding landscape elements will cast shadow onto the pool.

Do not forget that after or before diving into your pool, you will want to lie down on the pool deck in order to get a tan. So, try to get as much sunlight as posible. The colour and brightness of the water will also look differently. The less sun the pool gets, the less bright will its colour shine. If you have small children or a sensitive skin, you may also need to consider providing some shading with a sunshade or a pergola, for example.

Branches and leaves

Plants and trees are a fantastic element in any garden because they cool the environment, but when there is also a pool they can be hassle. Think about what kind of plantings you would like to have around your pool and choose the ones with the minimal leaf drop. This way you’ll have a low-maintenance relationship with your pool. Consulting a good landscape gardener will always be a good help.

Where to place the skimmers?

And last but not least, we have to think about where to place the skimmers because it will save us a lot of maintenance time. Skimmers helps to clean the pool water by capturing floating dirt such as flowers, leaves or dead insects. They should also face the predominating wind direction and the eye ball jets just in front of it. If it’s a rectangular pool, they should be placed on the small walls. This way we’ll keep dirt from building up on the corners of the bottom and on the floating line. Do not protect the skimmers from the wind!

We understand that sometimes there are limited options because of the existing building or the space available for the new pool.  Of course the optimal situation is when you are designing your new house and you can start the building of the pool from zero. Anyway, we recommend you contacting a reliable pool builder who will help you with this important decision.

If you’d like to know who could build you a pool lined with RENOLIT ALKORPLAN in your area, please use the contact form.

How to clean the pool after winter

How to clean the pool after winter

How to clean the pool after winter

 

Spring has finally arrived ! Days start getting longer and temperatures are more pleasant. Warm weather will soon be here. 

 

We look forward to buying sunscreen and to looking for our swimmsuit in the wardrobe. The first thing that we have to do before we can go bathing is to clean the pool after winter. We have to start thinking about getting our pool ready for summer when the outdoor temperature is about 20°C (68 °F). 

Another hint for timing the spring cleaning of your pool is when the water temperature is around 12°C (54 °F).  It depends on how sensitive to cold you are, but generally speaking, it’s then that it’s time to get the pool in operation again.

In case you don’t have time or you just don’t feel like doing it on your own, you can always commission a pool professional to clean the pool after winter. Pool professionals are either pool builders or gardeners with knowledge of swimming pools. Otherwise simply ask at your swimming pool supply store where you buy the pool chemicals and accessories. The last mentioned can clean your pool after winter for you or just give you some advice on how to do it because it’s quite easy.

When is my pool ready for swimming?

As aforementioned it’s time to get your pool ready for swimming when water reaches 12 °C (54 °F).

The pool needs to be prepared for winter when the water temperature is below 12 °C (54 °F). And at all events before freezing weather starts. The main steps are lowering the water level in the pool and shocking the pool with chlorine (chlorine level up to 0.8 mg/l). The filter system should run as long as possible. Afterwards remove the equipment from the pool and keep it in a dry place. Finally cover the pool with a winter cover.

If you prepared your pool for the hibernation correctly, then you’ll have to work less in spring in order to get it ready for summer.

You shouldn’t use your swimming pool during the hibernation. Even if the water level is below the skimmer level, the water quality isn’t safe for swimming. Never empty your pool during winter because it will prevent the foundation from getting damaged. Apart from this, water will protect your RENOLIT ALKORPLAN pool lining.

Steps to clean the pool after winter

1. Remove the winter cover

First of all remove the winter cover. Clean it by using a garden hose, let it dry and store it away in a dry place until the swim season is over. If you didn’t use a cover during winter, then the water will definitely be very dirty and you’ll have to clean the waterline properly.

2. Assemble the pool enclosure or pool blind

If you have a pool enclosure or a pool blind, now it’s time to clean it and to assemble it.

3. Completely drain the pool

This question always throws up controversy because many pool owners replace the pool water every 2 to 3 years. Water is after all a precious resource. Nonetheless, we recommend replacing the pool water after winter for hygiene and in order to spring-clean the pool liner.

4. Spring-clean the pool

Clean it immediately after draining it so that the dirt on the lining doesn’t get dry. With the aid of a garden hose gently scrub the walls. But not too vigorously, so that the reinforced pool membrane doesn’t get damaged. Lastly, rinse off with clear water.

5. Do not spray any pool algaecide

If any, only without copper. Elevated copper levels in water often cause discoloration on the lining.

6. Inspect the lighting, seals and filter
7. Fill the pool with fresh water

Close the drain valves (not the skimmer ones) and fill the pool with fresh water to the middle of the skimmer opening.

8. Turn the filter pump on

Clean the filter pump and turn it on when the water level has reached the middle of the skimmer.

9. Check the pH level

Check the pH level so that the pool chemicals perform in an optimal way. It should be around 7.2 -7.6. Use pH Minus or Plus to adjust the pH level.

10. Add the pool care products

In case you didn’t replace the pool water completely, it’s advisable to shock the pool to keep your chlorine level up and prevent algae growth.

That was it for „spring-cleaning the pool“. It wasn’t that bad after all, was it? So now your RENOLIT RENOLIT ALKORPLAN pool is ready for the summer. Download the checklist so that you don’t forget any important step before the swimming season starts. We wish you lots of swimming fun!

Pool prices in the internet

Pool prices in the internet

Pool prices in the internet

If you are desperately searching for pool prices in the internet, please be careful!  Do not trust the low prices that some websites announce.

 

Don’t forget that you will have to live with your pool for many years, many summers, many kids’ birthday parties and many family barbecues… So it’s a good idea to think long-term. Cheap pools are not a good investment. It’s better to rethink your budget and get the gorgeous pool you always dreamt about. Fair pool prices are arguable.

 

Things you’ll have to consider on your way to your dream pool.

 

How long does a pool take to build?

No one wants workers hanging around in their house for many weeks. Of course when you decide to build a pool, you want to have it as quick as possible. RENOLIT ALKORPLAN reinforced pool liner needs half the time of installation in comparison with other lining systems. And don’t forget that time is money!

Although we can’t give specific times because it will depend on other elements such as the excavation, plumbing or deck, just to give you a rough idea: a lining renovation of a 10 x 5 m pool takes only 4 days.

How to avoid future unpleasant surprises?

Pool leaks can be very frustrating for home owners and can result in serious damage to the surrounding property. RENOLIT ALKORPLAN guarantees 100% waterproofing for at least 10 years. Our reinforced membrane is made of 2 sheets of PVC-P laminated with a core of a polyester mesh, that provides great strength and durability.

How does the pool care look like?

Just a few basic maintenance steps and your RENOLIT ALKORPLAN pool will be in perfect condition for a long time. Your pool should be a pleasant experience, not a punishment.  We guarantee minimum maintenance.

 

How can I know what’s best for me?

Building a pool costs a large sum, so why not making it as personal as possible. Personalisation and flexibility should be taken into account when designing your pool. RENOLIT ALKORPLAN reinforced pool liners allow you to personalise your pool as you wish: a wide product range and endless possibilities of combining them.

Lack of inspiration? Check out our catalogue! If you’d like to know who could build you a pool lined with RENOLIT ALKORPLAN in your area, please use the contact form. And once more, when surfing the internet looking for pool prices, don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes!