Eco Pool Finish – aquaBright vs Traditional Pool Finishes

  • BlueLagoon3Warranty – The EcoFinish aquaBRIGHT™ Pool Finish warranty is unique to the industry.  Other pool finish warranties generally require the pool owner to maintain perfect water chemistry and be able to provide proof of that perfectly maintained water over the life of the finish, or the warranty is null and void.  Cementitious finishes will deteriorate from even mildly poor water chemistry, so it is crucial to maintain a balanced pH.  aquaBRIGHT™ is a pH neutral surface that can handle the normal variations in pool chemistry without adverse affects to the finish. The aquaBRIGHT™ limited Warranty includes the following:  Chemical resistance, Chalking resistance, Will inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface, Crack resistance, Spall and delamination resistance, Stain (organic) resistance
  • pH neutral surface – Simply put, unlike plaster or other cementitious surface, aquaBRIGHT™ is inert and does not react with the water chemistry.    Any chemicals added to the water in a pool finished with aquaBRIGHT™ are adjusting the chemistry of the water, and only the water.  Cementitious surfaces are safely sealed from water (chemical) contact below the aquaBRIGHT™ finish.  Since no leaching of calcium occurs, the pH is much easier to balance. A 1991 scientific research report published by the School of Building Construction at the University of Florida stated “The deterioration of marcite (plaster) has been found to be chemically related and due primarily to leaching of Calcium hydroxide (portlandite) from localized areas of pool plaster. Acidic pool water (pH less than 7.0) can wreak havoc on marcite and pool plumbing, resulting in etching and staining.  Proposed solutions to control the damage aggressive water can produce include (1) paying careful attention to water chemistry to avoid unbalanced water conditions and (2) providing a chemically inert barrier between the pool water and the marcite surface.” In 1991 there was no such barrier solution… Now there’s aquaBRIGHT™.
  • Use less chemicals – Since there is no chemical reaction between the water and the cementitious surfaces causing a constant shift in pH, a pool coated with aquaBRIGHT™ will use less chemicals.  Commercial pool owners have reported up to a 40% savings in annual chemical consumption for the same pool now finished with aquaBRIGHT™. • Easy Chemistry – The target chemical balance for a pool finished in aquaBRIGHT™ is basically the same as a vinyl liner pool.  Pool owners will find it very easy to maintain the proper pH and chlorine levels as the major cause of pH drift has been eliminated.   Even the job of adding chemicals is easier, since now there is no reason to pre-dilute the acid by mixing with water prior to pouring into the pool.
  •  Chemical resistant – aquaBRIGHT™ is manufactured from resin in the same base polymer family as the jugs storing pool chemicals.  It is approved for installation in swimming pools and spas heated up to 104° F, and is resistant to blistering, chalking, peeling, cracking, and other of signs of deterioration in normal use.  In fact, is so impervious to chemical attack that it is demonstrated by pouring straight Muriatic pool acid directly onto the finish and allowing it to remain for 10 minutes.  After washing off there is no visible evidence of the acid having any effect on the surface.
  • Stain resistant – aquaBRIGHT™ material is manufactured and processed into a fine powder that is applied by the EcoFinish thermal process.  As the powder particles pass through the flame, they are heated and softened so that when they strike the pools surface they immediately adhere and flatten out onto the existing pool surface.  As the process continues to apply material, the particles melt, flatten out, and join other melted particles to flow together to form a complete layer.  There are no pores for algae, calcium, rust, or other staining agents to grab or imbed into.  Most discoloration that would normally be a permanent stain in a plaster pool should easily brush off of aquaBRIGHT™. The worst case of potential staining in EcoFinish history so far occurred due to severe abuse of a winterized pool in the Northeast, and it truly tested the stain resistance of aquaBRIGHT™.  The owner purchased a new winter pool cover, but it was delivered and installed in the wrong color.  The supplier sent a person to install a different cover after several months of the existing cover collecting rain water, leaves and other debris.   The person doing the installation did not pump out and clean the debris from the existing cover, but rather just slid the cover off and let all the biological soup sitting on top drop into the pool water.  He then installed the new cover and the pool remained winterized for the next three months. When it was opened in the spring, the pool was found to be full of a nasty brown mess so thick that the bottom was not visible.  After three days of work to clear the water, it became apparent that the entire aquaBRIGHT surface from the waterline down had a brown tinge that brushing would not remove.  EcoFinish advised the use of Ascorbic Acid powder (vitamin C) poured down the walls. Within just a few minutes the aquaBRIGHT™ finish was clean and back to its original brilliant appearance throughout the pool.
  • Crack Resistance – aquaBRIGHT™ pool finish is an incredibly strong, yet very flexible polymeric material.  The material will stretch 200% before it ruptures or tears.  It remains flexible, although at a lesser degree, even at very cold temperatures.  Results of testing conducted over a Canadian winter in Ontario, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees below zero showed no detrimental effects to the aquaBRIGHT™ finish applied to two steel pool wall panels that were bolted together.  No cracking was observed, even over the joined seam of the panels. During installation, small craze cracks in an existing pool finish will be covered by the aquaBRIGHT™ finish.  Larger cracks, including structural cracking are repaired by industry accepted methods such as epoxy injection, hydraulic cement, and/or staples, and then coated over during the normal aquaBRIGHT™ installation.  Due to the flexibility of the finish, minor cracks which may continue to form should remain hidden below as the aquaBRIGHT™ stretches over the top.  Cracks that do appear through aquaBRIGHT™ represent potentially serious structural issues, and may require that major repairs be completed on the pool.  However, it will be much easier to repair and match aquaBRIGHT™ following the repairs than other finishes.

 

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