Construction Systems/Materials

Real Advantages of Artificial Turf
Artificial turf has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years, and especially so in its use beside swimming pools and other bodies of water, says turf specialist Nick Ogilvie. Water conservation, radically reduced maintenance and great appearance are all reasons for the movement toward grass that never grows and never dies.  ...
Classic Liner Design from Poolside by CGT
Poolside by CGT now offers a new vinyl pool liner design that combines a stylish tile border with a complementary wall and floor pattern. New ‘Water Street’ provides a modern twist on a classic design, using rich, vibrant blue hues, this pool liner pattern is printed on a medium blue base film with a complementary floor pattern that makes pool water sparkle. Available in both 20 & 28 mil thickness. ...
Low-Profile Pool Enclosures
Pool & Spa Enclosure offers the Corona pool enclosure, the company’s least expensive model, designed as the ideal solution for customers who want to protect their views yet it is still high enough to swim under the cover. Just like any of the low height models, you can easily enter the enclosure simply by sliding a door – no need for your customers to bend down to enter their enclosure. Low pool enclosures enable pool users to swim freely in an enclosed swimming pool environment. ...
AquaStar Introduces New Line of Valves & Actuators
AquaStar Pool Products, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of a new product category with the introduction of FlowStar valves and actuators. The line includes two- and three-way valves, a check valve, and a valve actuator designed to meet the diverse needs of the pool industry. FlowStar series products are made in the USA using raw materials sourced within the country.  The valves and actuators feature a lifetime warranty. ...
Cold-Weather Tile Installation
When you consider the long-term environmental exposure every pool tile installation endures, Amy Denny explains that it merits elevating installation methods, setting materials, and the installation environment. A deliberate and planned strategy is paramount, especially when working in cold temperatures. ...
Mosaics of Experience
What started out as an Italy trip devoted to the pursuit of fine food and wine, Lea and George Frederick, wound up deeply imbibing in the world of mosaic art at a remarkable facility in Vincenza. Here they share a slice of travelogue and images that point to the remarkable possibilities of artistically arranged bits of glass tile.   ...
Shuttered Reinforced Concrete
Civil engineer, Jerome Licata was interested in having a swimming pool installed at his home when he decided to try something new. He found a stay-in-place formwork system as a convenient way to create a concrete-reinforced pool structure. ...
Turning to Revit
As design and construction become ever more dependent on sharing accurate information among project team members, the Revit platform has come to represent the state-of-the-art in modeling and plan-sharing software platforms. Here Rick Chafey shares his company’s journey using the program, and its broad implications. ...
Streetlife Makes Pedestrian Bridges
Streetlife’s Solo CorTen Bridges are small pedestrian bridges that are designed with a slight arch. The entire load-bearing deck structure comprises a thick-walled CorTen steel plate: maximum dimensions are 3 m – 10 ft wide and 8 m – 26 ft long. After prolonged exposure to the elements, the horizontal CorTen sheet will develop a dark brown patina.
PVC Membranes from Renolit
RENOLIT offers reinforced PVC commercial-grade membranes that provide a watertight surface finish for residential and commercial swimming pools, decks and splash pads. The membranes provide a solution for customers dealing with pools and decks experiencing chronic repairs such as cracking, flaking, peeling and de-lamination, the company says. Suitable both for new builds and renovations, and compatible with any surface, making the finish watertight and slip resistant.