How do you service your surface?
As winter draws to a close, service professionals generally find themselves busier than ever preparing pools for the swimming season. In states that experience freezing conditions, many professionals are hard at work opening pools that have been closed for the winter, treating for algae and reestablishing water balance. Spring is also the busiest time of year for new pool construction, and plenty of service techs are tasked with new pool start-up procedures, a topic that was covered in our last issue of Service Industry News. Just as spring is when new pool construction is at its max, so also is it the time when pool renovations are in the greatest demand. And the type of renovation depends on the pools original surface.
In the particularly pool-dense locations, such as California, Florida, and most of the Southwestern states, such asTexas and Arizona, concrete pools are by far the most common. In fact, according to our 2015 Service Industry News Survey, concrete foundations represent 99 percent of the pools visited by service technicians in those areas.
For pools built of concrete, there are further options when it comes to surface finishes. These include various plaster formulations, including the standard marcite, as well as quartz and exposed aggregate. A much more expensive option is to tile the entire surface, and this can be done with ceramic, porcelain stone or glass tile.
Depending on the surface, painting, acid washing, and torching are all commonly offered services that can restore the appearance of pools to prior glory. Vinyl-lined pools tend to be a little more common on the East Coast, where last year service technicians on both the north and south coastal states reported that about 30 percent of the pools on their route are so surfaced. An average pool liner lasts from 5-12 years, and some service technicians offer liner installation among their services.
Fiberglass surfacing is the least common material for most regions of the country. Fiberglass pools are usually premade at a factory, and sent to a pre-dug location. Although these pools are generally durable, they can occasionally develop small cracks that service professionals may be called to repair.
In this special issue of Service Industry News, we’ll discuss some of the common surface renovations and repairs tackled by service technicians.
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