Solving Pool Problems on a Tight Budget
f your swimming pool wasn't built in the past 10 years or so, you might find yourself struggling with declining attendance. Influenced by waterparks and amenity-filled aquatic centers, the public expects more from your pool than simply lap swimming. With tight budgets across much of the country, you may not have the capital to start from scratch and build a brand-new facility. The good news is, with some careful focus on renovations you can dramatically improve your aquatic facility without breaking the bank.
Q: Our old pool has seen dropping attendance, and has a number of issues that need addressing. But our budget is limited, and we can't afford to build a brand-new facility. Do you have any suggestions?
A: A creative approach to your renovation can bring your patrons back. Consider your pool, for example. Cracks and leaks can appear over time, but that doesn't mean you have to demolish your pool and rebuild from scratch. If your pool is leaking or showing signs of wear, consider adding a PVC pool liner shell.
Textured PVC membranes are available that have been specially developed to provide water containment for public pools. Whether your pool is constructed of concrete, steel, fiberglass or aluminum, the PVC membrane can help prevent leaks and can drastically improve the look of your older pool. The membrane is textured to provide a nonabrasive, slip-resistance surface, and is typically less expensive than a conventional renovation. Frequently pool expansions to include family fun areas and waterslides can be accomplished surprisingly affordably when a PVC membrane is employed. In addition to renovating your pool, you can install PVC decking and new fall padding to improve the look of your deck, add slip resistance and improve your pool's safety.
Q: We spend a lot of time and money maintaining our pool. Is there a solution that can simplify regular maintenance requirements like repainting and repairs?
A: A PVC membrane spans cracks and eliminates leaks at cold joints, making your pool watertight again. Because it is pore free, maintenance is practically nonexistent. Just regular cleaning is required.
Repainting will never be necessary. If your facility is located further north where freeze-thaw cycles damage concrete and other materials, you no longer need worry about a bad winter making your pool unusable. PVC liners come with long warranties—typically 10 years, and depending on conditions at your pool, they can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. When repairs are required, they can take place easily under the water. This saves time and money, as you will not have to drain and refill your pool to take care of any problems. In the past year, new PVC "super membranes" became available that dramatically reduce fading from the sun and chlorine, and are expected to last 40 to 50 years.
Q: We are building a new pool. Is there something we should consider now that will help us save money on maintenance down the line?
A: A PVC pool liner shell provides several advantages when installed in a new pool. It is much less costly than other options like tile, and only costs a little more initially than a new plaster job or epoxy paint but with a much longer warranty. You will get a pool that is watertight. Chlorinated water and water at inappropriate pH values will not be able to damage your concrete, and cold joints won't be subject to leakage. The surface also is much easier to maintain, and at the same time is more slip-resistant than some other choices.
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