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STAINLESS STEEL


The unique characteristics of stainless steel that make it so ideal for pool construction include strength, durability and corrosion resistance


Stainless Steel: The Perfect Material For Pools


WHILST STILL CLEARLY A NICHE SECTOR WITHIN THE POOL CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THE SUCCESS OF STAINLESS STEEL POOLS IS NO REAL SURPRISE. A TIMELESS, MODERN FINISH COMBINED WITH STRENGTH, DURABILITY AND A NO-LEAK GUARANTEE MAKES THEM A HARD TO IGNORE OPTION ESPECIALLY WHEN WEIGHT AND ACCESS ARE AN ISSUE. THE MATERIALS USE CARRIES OVER TO MANY ACCESSORIES TOO AND WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE APPEAL OF


STAINLESS STEEL By Jon Wadeson


to concrete pool construction. While concrete provides great foundations and structural support for pool floors and walls, it’s simply not watertight, durable or low maintenance. Cue stainless steel. The unique characteristics of stainless steel that make it so ideal for pool construction include strength, durability and corrosion resistance. It simply doesn’t shrink, spall, become porous, crack, peel or fail like most other materials used in aquatic construction. It’s these qualities that also make it the perfect material for many pool accessories too, plus of course the fact it gives a timeless, modern finish which is very low maintenance. As swimming pool designers and contractors started to incorporate stainless steel in their projects, they realised that age-old design and construction problems could finally be addressed. Pools could now be ‘pre- engineered’ to maximise the efficiency of the


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any, if not all swimming pool contractors will have at some stage experienced issues and maintenance problems related


construction process similar to the way that such systems have been developed for virtually all aspects of modern building construction. A big advantage of pre-engineered stainless steel pool construction systems is that they utilise components that are produced to proven designs in a manufacturing facility where quality control can be strictly monitored. More accurate costs are known prior to construction too and construction surprises are eliminated. Typically, pre-engineered pools save considerable time and money during construction and provide low maintenance and life cycle costs in years to come. Life expectancy of stainless steel pools is measured more in decades not years too, with most manufacturers providing comprehensive warranties for 15-years or beyond. Whether for a high level competition venue, a lap or training pool, or a leisure pool for aquatic recreation, stainless steel pools are fully customisable and allow fast, problem-free construction for any size or shape of pool.


DESIGN FLEXIBILITY AND A WIDE CHOICE OF INTERIOR FINISHES An ideal choice for in-ground, above-ground or elevated aquatic construction, Natare® Pool Systems are fully customisable, structural panel pool construction systems featuring a wide range of shapes, sizes and configurations to accommodate fast, all- welded or bolted pool construction for a pool that is on-time, on-budget and built right the first time.


The interior of a Natare® Pool can be


polished stainless steel, laminated or field- applied PVC; it can also have the exclusive look of ceramic tile or natural stone. A full range of interior finish options is available regardless of the pool style; and the pool bottom can be stainless steel, traditional concrete, tile or plaster. Natatec®


PVC


membrane lining systems are often used with the pools to provide a colourful interior finish or the waterproofing system used in conjunction with various types of pool bottom or floor systems. Sturdy, cost effective and easily erected


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