OpenAire (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) has published a brochure on its capabilities in designing, manufacturing and installing retractable roof enclosures for aquatic environments. With aluminum truss systems that can span more than 165 feet in width, the units withstand temperature extremes, snow loads, high winds, seismic disturbances and more. For details, click here.
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) supplies Luminous, a collection of iridescent glass beads that can be combined with the company’s PebbleTec or PebbleSheen pool finishes to create a glistening underwater effect. The colored beads are offered in three blends – blue, emerald or jade – that add new dimension to a watershape’s interior surfaces. For details, click here.
Hammerhead International (Las Vegas, NV) offers custom acrylic viewing solutions for use under and above water level. Designed for zoo and aquarium applications but available for use in any suitable setting, the materials can be fabricated into complicated, curving configurations and as panels, domes or tunnels for watertight, leak-free installation. For details, click here.
The Concrete Protector (Wapakoneta, OH) produces the Graniflex concrete resurfacing system. The decorative, high-strength material features a granite-like appearance that is crack-proof, waterproof and slip-resistant, making it ideal for use around watershapes. It bonds easily to concrete substrates and can be used with colored aggregates. For details, click here.
Basecrete Technologies (Sarasota, FL) has developed an all-in-one cementitious waterproofing membrane and bondcoat. Featuring high adhesive qualities, the material is a unique blend of polymers and specialized cement that remains flexible, so it withstands movement in the underlying concrete structure, particularly in suspended or rooftop pools and spas. For details, click here.
Diamond Spas (Frederick, CO) makes glass-wall systems for use with swimming pools and spas. Featuring superior-clarity glass that allows for easy two-way viewing, the panels are available in a range of sizes – from small spa dams and underwater windows to large room-dividing units – all compatible with the company’s line of stainless steel watershapes. For details, click here.
Laticrete (Bethany, CT) makes SpectraLock Dazzle to bring metallic and glow-in-the-dark enhancements to its SpectraLock line of grouts for pools, spas and other applications. The material, which accentuates the look of metallic tiles, glass tiles, mosaics, stone and listellos with unique visual textures, is available in 13 colors and will not fade or deteriorate. For details, click here.
Aquron (Rockwall, TX) offers I-Deck, a seamless, monolithic, UV-resistant elastomeric coating designed to preserve the integrity of rough or smooth concrete, stone, slate or brick deck surfaces. The material expands and contracts with its substrate and provides a moisture-resisting finish that protects the deck from grease, oil and chemicals. For details, click here.
Artistry In Mosaics (Fort Pierce, FL) has published Mosaic Tile Master Catalog No. 28 in printed and digital editions. The 44-page, full-color handbook features information on new products (including photo murals); details on aquatically inspired tile designs in ceramic and glass; glass tile color blends; and the company’s capabilities with custom designs. For details, click here.
Color Match Pool Fittings (Phoenix, AZ) manufactures the SuperFlow 360 drain cover and sump for pool and spa applications. The top of the round, 20-inch-diameter, VGB-compliant fixture can be coated with the same plaster, aggregate or tile being applied to the rest of the surface, making the drains virtually disappear into their surroundings. For details, click here.
Deck-O-Seal (Hampshire, IL) produces HS-1 SL, a one-part, self-leveling joint sealant for horizontal expansion joints in swimming pool decks, patios and walkways. Packaged in a 62-ounce pouch, all it takes is screwing on the supplied application tip and squeezing the material into the joint. The foil pouch can then be resealed for later use. For details, click here.
Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a Grass Edge kit that allows for installation of grass or artificial turf right up to the water’s edge in perimeter-overflow systems. Made with a stainless steel substructure that creates a complete barrier between grass and water, the system is engineered to eliminate the need for standard pool decks. For details, click here.
Quikspray (Port Clinton, OH) offers Carrousel Pumps for making artificial rockwork using various approaches – onto rocks and structural molds; over forms for tree stumps and other shapes; and onto surfaces for stamping. With increased capacity for larger jobs, the portable units can spray a variety of materials and offer slow delivery rates for detailed work. For details, click here.