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FINISHING TOUCHES


Indoor pool with Diamond Pool Bead and Sofokitis pool stone copings, grilles and floor stone


ARDEX colour tests every batch of grout, and the advanced manufacturing process ensures uniform colour distribution


pool tile joints, to complete the installation. ARDEX colour tests every batch of grout, and the advanced manufacturing process ensures uniform colour distribution of the grout powder which eliminates ‘streaking’ during mixing. In addition to offering a colour palette of 32 colours, ARDEX-FLEX tile grouts incorporate flexibility, water repellence, ease of application and dirt resistance, which combined to ensure the perfect finish for the Aquatics Centre.


SWIMMING POOL DESIGN & MANAGEMENT


Not only is there a wide and varied selection of stone and pebble finishes available via Swimming Pool Design and Management but also the expertise to assist in producing a swimming pool area to be very proud of. One of their many products, Pool Bead has recently been introduced to the UK market having proved a successful method for waterproofing and pool finishing in Australia and America.


It offers a practical and attractive alternative to tiling. No grout is used so the deterioration and discolouration often seen in tiled pools, is avoided.


Pool Bead application is usually completed in two to three days and the pool can be filled immediately thereafter. This compares with four to six weeks for waterproof render and tiling. Advanced manufacturing techniques enable any profile of stone and stone grille to be provided including drainage grilles within showers and steam rooms, wall cladding within change and pool rooms, skirtings and stone for pool freeboard.


EXCITING NEW WOOD EFFECT FROM THE MOSAIC COMPANY First previewed at SPATEX 2013, The Mosaic


Iridescent glass mosaic tiles from The Moasaic Company


“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.”


Company are delighted to launch a stunning new wood effect range of glazed porcelain pool edging, grating and decking tiles in a choice of six different wood effect colours, all with an anti-slip (R10/C) surface. Employing ‘state of the art’ digital printing processes, the amazing detail of the natural wood effect is now more realistic than ever, thus mimicking nature and providing an incredibly hard wearing surface with minimal maintenance. A unique feature of this series is an overflow grating cut either crosswise or lengthways, composed of individual pieces cut from the base tile and mounted on a strong polypropylene base ready for insertion into a pre-prepared channel.


This series follows on from the earlier, highly successful launch of the Mystique series of pool edging and decking tiles and is available in four colours, imitating natural products such as limestone and sandstone. On the mosaic front, they have added several new glass mosaics with gold thread design which retail at a very competitive price of under £50 per sq metre. With a C rated slip resistant riven surface, porcelain mosaics are ideal for areas where standing water is a possibility such as showers, changing rooms and around pools.


Pool coping presentation box with wood effect samples from The Mosaic Company


With the ease of use of the internet, customers are undoubtedly becoming more educated (and thus more demanding) when selecting products. Nonetheless, often based on price, this can and indeed does lead to customers choosing a product that may not be entirely suitable and proves that there is no substitute for consulting and trusting the advice of their chosen pool contractor.


Banish the dull unimaginative finishes of yesteryear and embrace the new enriching materials and colours which are widely available. So whatever tastes or designs are required there will be a supplier with the skills and products available to make the dream happen. SPN


FOR FURTHER DETAILS:


Aqua Stone Pool Finishes 01666 841155 www.aquastonepf.co.uk


Ardex 01440 714939 www.ardex.co.uk


Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.GCTrade.co.uk


Original Style 01392 473037 www.originalstyle.com


The Mosaic Company 01480 474714 www.mosaiccompany.co.uk


Swimming Pool Design & Management 01666 840074 www.swimmingpool-design.co.uk


64 June 2013 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


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