Swimming pool coatings
Swimming pools by nature are subject to constant exposure to a somewhat harsh environment. The swimming pool coating is immersed in water containing a multitude of chemicals, most commonly sodium hypochlorite and hydrochloric acid. Over time degradation takes places in the form of oxidation depleting the coating surface. Other than the effects of chemical attack the coating is also exposed to dynamic forces such as flexing due to pool structure movement.
Inseal Coatings uses specially formulated aliphatic polyurea and polyaspartic products to provide durable swimming pool membrane systems. These latest coating technologies provided an extended service life over traditional swimming pool coatings.
Epoxy swimming pool coatings typically fail by flaking, peeling and cracking. Epoxy based products become very hard upon cure resulting in a brittle coating that has very little elongation (1-2%) or flexibility. By comparison, our polyaspartic and polyurea swimming pool coatings have >300% elongation, or 150 times that of epoxy!
Unrivalled physical properties
Polyurea is incredibly flexible, with elongation of over 400% and remaining permanently elastic, it has the ability to bridge cracks and accommodate high movement joints subject to cyclical movement without splitting
Inseal's polyaspartic and polyurea range offer excellent chemical resistance to a wide range of acids and alkalis. Chemicals are often used in either the processing, manufacturing or maintenance of many business operations thus require protection of their assets with a durable coating like polyurea
Inseal's polyurea and cures quicker than any other liquid applied coating. The membrane can be rained and walked on with several minutes and 90% of physical properties obtained within half an hour
Polyurea's dense molecular profile results in a coating that is completely water tight. The applied membrane is completely seamless thereby mitigating any weak failure points. The impermeable membrane is not only suited for waterproofing applications, it is also effective in permanent immersion scenarios
Polyurea has a very broad glass transition. At temperatures of -40°C to 120°C polyurea it retains it's flexibility, elongation and resists cracking.
Swimming pool Applications
Selection of a suitable coating is important for a successful pool coating project. Equally important is the correct preparation of the substrate. Swimming pools are constructed using various materials, most typically fiberglass and concrete. Linings and finishes of pool structures range vastly from vinyl liners, epoxy coating, marble plaster, mosaic tiles and chlorinated rubber.
Be it a new build pool or refurbishment project, preparing the structure to provide a clean surface free of contaminants such as organic matter, soluble salts and trace chemicals is vital. To promote optimum adhesion and coating continuity, the surface is required to be sound, free of surface porosity and have a profile to provide a mechanical key. Inseal Coatings skilled applicators adopt various techniques and equipment appropriate to the structure and site environment to ensure a quality installation of the pool coating is delivered. If you are considering having your tired looking pool refurbished or constructing new, contact Inseal Coatings for a friendly, non-obligation consultation.