EcoFinish (Warminster, PA) produces AquaBright, a thermo-polymer interior finish for swimming pools. Designed for quick curing, easy fill-water balancing, long-term chemical resistance (even to acid washing) and complete color uniformity as the pool ages, the material is available in ten colors and comes pre-mixed, ready to apply. For details, click here.
Laticrete (Bethany, CT) has released SpectraLock Pro Premium Grout. Designed for easy application, crack resistance, durability and long-term color uniformity, the material offers 80 minutes of working time, is stain-proof and has a non-sag formulation to speed wall completion. Maintenance is easy, and the material is cleanable to its original color. For details, click here.
Custom Molded Products (Newnan, GA) has improved its heavy-duty channel drain for increased strength and durability. The units feature a new, integrated water stop to prevent leaks, maintain drain shape and lock into the surrounding concrete. There are also added reinforcing ribs to prevent deformation when the drains are placed in pools. For details, click here.
Sider-Crete (Hawkinsville, GA) makes Sider-Proof FF-PR, a cement-based plaster and resurfacing coating for plaster and concrete watershapes. Easy to apply with a paint roller, the material is suitable for use in chlorine and saltwater pool systems as well as for the coating and waterproofing of waterfalls, fountains and concrete-lined ponds. For details, click here.
Color Match Pool Fittings (Surprise, AZ) offers the 360 Pebble Top Drain, an unblockable 20-inch-round cover system that complies with VGB standards. When covered with the same finish material as the surrounding surfaces (plaster, pebbles or tile), the drain basically disappears into the pool and can be removed to accelerate debris removal. For details, click here.
A&A Manufacturing (Phoenix, AZ) offers single-channel anti-vortex drains for use in pools and spas. Engineered to meet standards for unblockability and featuring a large slot opening for debris removal, the flush-mounting units allow for installing one drain instead of two and come in two models (single- and dual-inlet) with flow rates up to 227 gpm. For details, click here.
RenoSys (Indianapolis, IN) offers PVC liners for pool shells. Designed to deal with structural cracks and eliminate leaks or rough concrete on deteriorated swimming pools, the reinforced 60-mil material has a slip-resistant texture and is applied on-site to make concrete, steel, fiberglass and aluminum pools, fountains and other waterfeatures watertight. For details, click here.
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) now offers Pebble Brilliance, a blend of glass beads and natural stone aggregates. The glass beads infuse the finished surface with deep color, while the overall blend provides long-lasting durability with a rich texture. Available in eight standard mixes, the blend also incorporates shell material for extra luster. For details, click here.
Aquron (Rockwall, TX) makes Concrete Pool Shell Protector, a clear treatment/preservative sealant solution for new or old concrete shells. The material includes a highly reactive catalytic agent that seals the matrix, hardens the concrete and waterproofs while significantly preserving the imbedded steel and retarding or halting alkali-silica reactivity. For details, click here.
Custom Molded Products (Tyrone, GA) now has a flush-fitting model of its Brilliant Wonders LED lights for nicheless installation in concrete pools. Available in white or clear models, the flangeless, easy-to-install, 1.5-inch units create seamless, minimalist looks and are ideal for illuminating entire watershapes as well as steps, swim-outs and spillways. For details, click here.
Color Match Pool Fittings (Phoenix, AZ) makes ABS covers for unblockable channel-style drains that can be topped with pebbles, tile or plaster to blend in with the surrounding finish. Designed for use with A&A Manufacturing’s anti-vortex single-channel drain system, the combined units meet all safety requirements and are available in seven colors. For details, click here.
RicoRock (Orlando, FL) has introduced Veneer Stones for use in spa surrounds and on other suitable surfaces. The cast-stone pieces are made with a denser concrete than most other precast stone, enabling them to stand up to salt and pool chemicals. They come in four-, eight- and 12-inch sizes in four different colors to match existing décor. For details, click here.
Magic Plastics (Valencia, CA) manufactures the CR2 back-flow preventing check valve. Designed to protect heat exchangers from damage that may be caused by in-line chlorinators while also maintaining full system flow, the units are corrosion-resistant and feature a half-pound-spring-loaded gate that can be installed in any operating orientation. For details, click here.