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FINISHING TOUCHES


The Copper Beeches project by Portrait Pools features Original Style’s 25mm Iris mosaics in Green Pearl


Quality Finishes In And Around The Pool


INNOVATIVE STONE PRODUCTS, NEW STYLE FINISHES, AMAZING TILES, MAGNIFICENT MOSAICS AND A MORE CREATIVE USE OF CERAMICS ARE ALL PROVIDING NEW IDEAS AND FASTER WAYS TO FINISH OFF STUNNING LOOKING SWIMMING POOLS. THE OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST TODAY ARE ALMOST ENDLESS AND WE LOOK AT WHAT’S AVAILABLE FOR ADDING VALUE AND STYLE, IN AND AROUND THE POOL


By Andrea Hartshorne L


ong gone are the days of the plain blue or white tile for pools and wet leisure areas. The ranges available today are impressive and seemingly boundless and their overall results are stunning. It’s one clear way to stand out and make a statement. Companies continue to invent new ideas and materials and adapt existing designs and fashions to provide up-to- date styles and finishes for today’s modern market. Blends of old and new complement refurbishments and new builds so that the perfect effect can be produced. Golden Coast’s Managing Director Jamie Adams says: “Our long experience tells us that the finishing touches can be almost as important to customers as the pool itself. They also, of course, provide additional income for installers. We are here to help our customers, in any way we can, to make the most of that extra business.”


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“As with anything, common sense dictates that you should always purchase the product that offers the best quality and value for the available budget. We have found over the years that if you opt for a similar product at half the price, the quality suffers, ultimately resulting in extra costs. You definitely get what you pay for! We have used mosaic tiles provided by Original Style for over 15 years and have never had to replace a single mosaic. We believe results like that speak for themselves,” advises David Bland of Portrait Pools. Jane Waller, Managing Director of Aqua Stone said: “Clients are still specifying finishes that provide the visual impact they desire as well as offering additional benefits in terms of reducing ongoing costs, such as maintenance. “When considering finishes it is always advisable to consider the total life costs i.e. installation, maintenance and any repairs. Over the last three years, we have seen


a gradual shift from traditional tiled pool finishes to the more contemporary pebble, with clients including the maintenance costs for the more traditional finishes when considering their finish.”


The Mosaic Company comments: “In our opinion, our sector has proved remarkably resilient, with the accent on quality and difference. Although we still sell the traditional blue blends, more and more we are asked for a wider range of both colours and textures with darker hues still in high demand.”


LUXURY LOOK FROM GOLDEN COAST


Choosing the right materials and design for a pool surround can transform a good pool into a great one, according to Golden Coast, the UK’s biggest independent supplier of


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