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ONE-PIECE & FIBREGLASS POOLS

One-Piece Wonders Available in 12m, 10.5m and 9m sizes, the Cube with integrated in pool safety cover from Leisure Pools

With the major benefit of being able to be installed in a matter of days rather than weeks, for many, one-piece pools are the ultimate solution for a hasslefree pool build. But the benefits don’t stop there. Add in improving production techniques combined with quality materials and excellent finishing touches plus impressive warranties and it’s easy to see why the sector is being embraced. We take a look at the options that are available By Andrea Hartshorne

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he one-piece pool market is one of a number of success stories in the UK and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2016. The popularity of these pools can be largely put down to their quick and straight-forward installation. With everything including the plumbing in place and ready to go, they cause the minimum amount of fuss and installation disruption. Anything that makes life easy is going to be embraced and welcomed. Add to that the engineering strength of the construction and the impressive warranties available, it’s easy to see why the popularity of this type of pool is on the up. In fact, it’s difficult to see any downside to these wonderful forms of construction and even access challenges are rarely an issue thanks to an array of creative delivery methods. Their durability and convenience has, for many, made the decision to buy an easy one and the fact these pools could last up to 50 years is the icing on the cake. Strength, versatility and almost endless options and styles mean that the market for one-piece fibreglass pools continues to grow year on year and the sales show no sign of

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slacking. This issue, we take a look at the one-piece wonders that are available.

LEISURE POOLS – FEATURING VINYL ESTER RESIN TECHNOLOGY One of the key improvements that has been introduced to one-piece pools over the last 20 years has been the use of a corrosive resistant vinyl ester layer. Vinyl ester is a high performance resin that provides improved strength properties and inhibits water penetration into the laminate, which is commonly referred to as osmosis, which can cause failures such as blisters, bulging, delamination and yellowing. Available through Easy Pools, each Leisure Pools manufactured composite fibreglass swimming pool benefits from Corrosive Resistant Vinyl Ester Resin for each layer of the pool construction (except the gelcoat colour layer). The layers being: Gelcoat colour layer; Corrosive resistant vinyl ester resin with fibreglass layer; Structural polyester resin with fibreglass layer and a Polyester resin finishing layer. Leisure Pools is the only composite pool manufacturer using patented Composite

Armour™ technology which is a combination of four of the most superior and strongest composite (fibreglass) materials used in one process to create not only one of the best looking pools, but also one of the strongest structures available for swimming pool designs. Standard fibreglass pool manufacturers often only use vinyl ester resin as one layer on the swimming pool as vinyl ester resin is generally double the cost of a polyester resin, which is a cheaper resin used to provide bulk to the swimming pool. Unfortunately, even with this one layer of vinyl ester resin, osmosis has still, on occasion, appeared and swimming pools have sometimes failed using this standard manufacturing method. Testing shows that a Leisure Pools’ Composite Armour™ full vinyl ester resin swimming pool is 111% stronger than a standard fibreglass swimming pool. A swimming pool is something that should last a long time. Customers spend tens of thousands on a pool project and as a result the swimming pool shell must last. Leisure Pools full vinyl ester resin swimming pool is another key step to ensure that this occurs

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2016  

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