Cost & Life-Cycle Analysis
Ceramic Solutions has always attached great importance to improving the life-cycle costs of swimming pool and aquatic facilities. The design, construction and choice of materials have a major impact on the overall longevity of a facility, as well as the costs associated in cleaning and maintaining the facility for the health and safety of its patrons.
The corrosive nature of chlorine or salts is a significant challenge for aquatic facilities, not only in relation to the pool, but also for the pool deck and surrounding areas. Materials, such as concrete are porous and constant exposure to pool water will result in chloride and/or salt ingress. As a consequence the steel reinforcement within the concrete may corrode over time.
The best way to avoid these issues is to prevent the exposed concrete coming into direct contact with the pool water by means of a reliable physical barrier. Appropriate water proofing measures such as silane treatment of cement grout joints, water proofing membranes and the use of durable ceramic tiles on the pool deck and other exposed areas in the swimming pool environment will not only ensure minimal daily maintenance but it will also assist in the protection of the concrete.
“Using appropriate adhesives and grouts, high quality, fit-for-purpose ceramic tiles provide a highly effective physical barrier between the concrete and the pool water.” Specialist Civil Structural Forensic Engineer, Kevin Campbell.