Oceanside Glasstile (Carlsbad, CA) has introduced the Muse line of mosaic glass tile. Available in three sizes – 7/8 inch square, 1-3/8 inch square and 7/8 by 1-3/8 inches – the material is available in 19 unique patterns as well as in custom blends and gradients. The line also includes a variety of trim pieces for clean, consistent, finished looks. For details, click here.
RicoRock (Orlando, FL) has introduced Mini-Caves for use with backyard pools. Made with steel-reinforced artificial rock and intended for use in situations where space is at a premium, the system’s modules install quickly and offer shade within a four-by-four-foot interior space that can either be dry or incorporated into the pool. For details, click here and scroll down.
A&A Manufacturing (Phoenix, AZ) offers the AVSC drain for pools, spas and waterfeatures. Designed for high efficiency and rapid clearance of even heavy debris, the easily installed units are classified as unblockable. Their lids fit flush to the floor and can be topped with various interior-finish materials to blend them into their surroundings. For details, click here.
Renosys (Indianapolis, IN) now offers PolyGrate, a durable, versatile grating for pool perimeters. Made from single sheets of marine-grade HDPE and completely customizable, the units are designed to fit any pool gutter and feature high-friction walking surfaces to prevent slipping. They can also be placed vertically for use on bulkheads. For details, click here and scroll down.
Anoma Stone (Noida, India) has introduced Ripple Pool Gratings. Designed with a two-inch thickness that ensures structural integrity but also lightweight enough for easy removal for routine servicing, the marble panels come in two sizes – 30 by 30 inches and 30 by 72 inches – and feature rippling forms that mirror the water’s undulations. For details, click here.
Basecrete (Sarasota, FL) manufactures Basecrete+, a highly viscous concrete densifier for primary waterproofing of pools and other watershapes. Upon application, the material penetrates the concrete matrix on a molecular level, filling all voids within the matrix, and bonds with calcium and lime to form a dense barrier of colloidal silicate gel. For details, click here.
Aquamatic (Gilroy, CA) manufactures the Lift Lid, an engineered system that rises to accept a retracting cover, then slowly drops to form a fixed, walkable surface. Ideal for use at pool access points, the system comes to rest on a lowered bond beam, hiding the leading edge bar of the cover and blocking almost all water from entering the cover recess. For details, click here.
Miracote (Rancho Dominguez, CA) makes MiraPrime Aqua-Blok XL, a clear, single-component, odorless, water-based, penetrating colloidal silicate that integrally waterproofs concrete, mortar and other cementitious structures. The material reaches deep into the capillary structure of concrete and mortar to enhance their physical performance. For details, click here.
Lightstreams Glass Tile (Santa Clara, CA) manufactures Shell Beach decorative glass tiles as a festive embellishment for pools and spas. Made up of random patterns and colors of the company’s Jewel Glass Accent Tiles, the pieces come in various shapes and sizes and are mounted on 12-inch mesh strips in a wavy pattern for easy installation. For details, click here.
Phoenix Measurement Solutions (Concord, Ontario, Canada) offers the ZipLevel Pro-2000, a high-precision, pressurized hydrostatic altimeter that will measure across a 200-foot circle for easy placement and leveling of forms, tile lines and more. The battery-operated device can be set up easily by one person and has an easy-to-read digital display. For details, click here.
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) offers Shimmering Sea, a combination of cultivated abalone and mother of pearl that brings subtle color to a pool’s water surface. The material is standard in ten of the company’s PebbleFina finishes and five of its PebbleSheen finishes, and it can be added to any other PebbleSheen and all PebbleTec finishes. For details, click here.
Natare (Indianapolis, IN) offers a perimeter gutter/recirculation system for commercial swimming pools. The pre-engineered, self-contained overflow gutters are made of stainless steel and combine gutter and plumbing functions needed for clean, well-circulated water with a built-in trough and pressurized, filtered water returns and inlets. For details, click here.
Oceanside Glasstile (Carlsbad, CA) has released its Tile Specification Guide and Design Book – a volume available in both printed and digital formats. After illustrating a range of applications (including pools and spas), the idea book becomes a comprehensive catalog of glass and stone tile products, most of them suitable to submerged applications. For details, click here.