S.R. Smith provides the Artisan Series Hand Rail is a patented, designer-inspired curved shape rail designed to provide a custom look for any pool environment. The series of rails are made to easily retrofit into an existing Figure 4 setting. In addition to the standard polished stainless-steel finish, Artisan Series Pool Rails may be available with powder-coated white, taupe and rock gray. For details, click here.
AQUA & More, a division of Renolit, now offers a new designer membrane called ‘Touch-Authentic’ created to imitate the look of marble stone. The liner features brown hues and blends with stone coping and deck treatments. The 80-mil reinforced membrane is an ideal product to completely encapsulate and renovate leaking or deteriorated pools, the company says. It features textured, slip-resistant finish for steps and shallow areas. For details, click here.
Automatic Pool Covers, Inc. now offers eight different color options for its automatic pool covers including colors to match backyard décor. With pools often being visible throughout the home, consumers are looking for an automatic pool cover that matches the home’s aesthetic. Designer colors such as charcoal gray have become extremely popular, the company says. Read More
Oxium Water Technologies introduces MicroGlass, a plaster treatment product that penetrates pool plaster matrix by up to half an inch, and chemically converts and displaces the soft, vulnerable calcium hydroxide with small but significantly harder glass-like silicates. By removing most of the calcium hydroxide, and filling most of the voids and capillaries, the application greatly minimizes the chemical interactions between the plaster and the pool water. Read More
Pentair offers GloBrite lights, color changing LED fixtures that generate five fixed colors; with seven preprogrammed light shows. The fixtures are compatible with the IntelliTouch and EasyTouch Control Systems, they can also be used with an optional Color Sync Controller for Pentair Color LED Pool Lights. They do not require grounding or bonding and they consume far less energy that halogen or incandescent lights. Read More
AquaStar (Ventura, Calif.) manufacturers a complete line of anti-entrapment suction outlets made to VGB-certified specifications. All components meet or exceed ANSI/APSP 16-2011 and NSF/ANSI 50 2009a national standards and ASTM G154 UV testing exposure. Sumps are manufactured from strong PVC, drain covers are manufactured from UV resistant polymers. To learn more, go here.
Pentair (Cary, N.C.) makes the BioShield Commercial UV disinfection system, designed to eliminate problems with waterborne pathogens and chloramine formation. The system is made of Schedule 80 solvent-welded PVC, available in standard sizes up to 2,335 gpm and are NSF 50 certified. The low-pressure, high-output UV lamps offer up to 12,000 hours of continuous operation. To learn more, go here.
Garden Artisans (Annapolis, Md.) sells giant leaf fountains by Henri Studios. The fountain is crafted of cast stone (concrete) and offered in a range of both standard and custom finishes. The design features water cascading over four large leaves. It measures 35 inches high, 36 inches wide and 34 inches front to back. It weight 466 pounds. To learn more, go here.
Commercial pools must conform to a variety of safety and operational requirements beyond those promulgated in the residential segment of the industry. The ubiquitous 3-bend handrail is no exception. As Dave Peterson explains, even this simple design sometimes fails in implementation -- but help is on the way with this nifty and useful detail. ...
Forever Bamboo (San Diego, Calif.) manufacturers traditional bamboo Tiki huts and palapas. Made using traditional material, including bamboo posts and thatched roofs, the huts are also fire and insect retardant with material that is all sustainably resourced. They come ready to assemble in standard sizes and can also be custom made. For details click here.