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When researching a pool, what’s very obvious is the wide variety of materials you have to choose from. Two of the most popular pool options are fiberglass and Gunite (concrete). This article is a comparison between these two popular pool materials.
Fiberglass pools are large, single-piece inserts that are dropped in to a hole dug on your property. They are less expensive than Gunite, but require more property to allow installation.
- Easy to Clean and Maintain– smooth surface makes cleaning dirt and grime easy.
- Easier on Pumps and Filters– A fiberglass pool’s surface makes it easier for pumps and filters to keep it clean.
- No Liner– Fiberglass inserts are one continuous waterproof surface that doesn’t require a liner that needs replacing.
- More Affordable– Fiberglass pools are the less expensive of the two options, usually costing between $9,000 and $15,000, depending on pool shape and size.
- Prefabricated– Fiberglass pools are prefabricated inserts, so they can’t be customized beyond the shapes and sizes commonly available.
- Difficult Installation– The fiberglass insert is large and has to be dropped in place. Installation of a fiberglass pool requires enough space for a flatbed truck and a crane.
Gunite (or concrete) pools are made of a concrete/sand mix with an underlying rebar structure. They are the most stable and permanent type of pool, but are also the most expensive.
- Customizable– Poured concrete can be customized to endless possibilities. This is the best pool option for those looking for a truly unique pool that is truly them.
- Durable– Gunite pools are made of concrete, one of the sturdiest materials on the planet. When properly installed and maintained, a Gunite pool will last a lot longer than other materials.
- More Expensive– Gunite pools require professional installation and run on average between $15,000 and $40,000 with prices going up depending on size, depth, and shape.
- Installation Time– A properly installed Gunite pool takes about 8-12 weeks to complete. During this time, be prepared for your yard to be a disaster area until the installer is done and cleaned up.
- Concrete Maintenance– Gunite pools are made of concrete and can withstand a lot of pressure, but in the event of a leak, you’ll need to drain the pool and fix the crack before you can continue swimming in it.
For any and all cracks, use SANI-TRED® to seal and waterproof your pool permanently. SANI-TRED® can repair any crack, hole, or other issue as well as adhere to the concrete surface, protecting your pool and keeping it open for years to come.
Regardless of what type of pool you end up installing, remember to choose the pool that’s right for you. And also remember that whatever waterproofing issue that may arise, SANI-TRED® can handle it.
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Air conditioners are the saving grace of long, hot summers. And if you’re going to enjoy the comfort of an air conditioned home, you’ll need to make sure your air conditioner works properly. Those of us here SANI-TRED® want to help you stay cool this summer, so we’ve compiled another list of 5 common air conditioner problems.
Problem: Air conditioner won’t turn on
If your air conditioner won’t turn on, it could be as simple as your thermostat not being set correctly. Make sure your thermostat is set and power is going to the unit. This will fix most power-related issues. (more…)
Tiny houses are a relatively new alternative to traditional housing that use less space while providing just as much living. A tiny house, which refers to a house of less than 1,000 sq. ft., has many advantages over traditional housing and is a viable option for someone looking for a house that takes up less space yet still feels like a home.
If this kind of house sounds good to you, here are some tips to help you make your tiny house the best it can be. For more information on waterproofing, visit SANI-TRED.
Plan It Out
One of the advantages of a tiny house is its small footprint and easily manageable floor plan. One thing you can do with a tiny house that you can’t with traditional housing is taping out a floor design. Simply use painters tape and place it on the floor in the design of your proposed floor plan so you can walk around and get the feel of the floor design before building it. Finding out whether your floor plan is comfortable or not is something you’ll want to find out early in the construction process. (more…)
A pool liner is an integral part of many pools and a cracked one can be a big headache. For that reason, liners need replaced every few years or when a crack appears. These cracks can cause water leakage, damage the pool itself, and cause water contamination, all of which will make your pool less than inviting. For more information on waterproofing your pool, visit SANI-TRED
Step 1: Drain and Prep
Drain the pool completely and remove all fixtures, drains, and lights (if you have any).
Step 2: Remove the Old Liner
Remove the old liner’s bead from the track and start cutting the liner out. Cutting the liner into sections makes removal easier.
Step 3: Inspect Walls and Floor
Once you’ve removed the old liner, take time to inspect the walls and floor of your pool for cracks, holes, or other imperfections. If a section of the pool is highly corroded, replace with a new section. Also make sure to inspect the track that holds the liner and replace that if needed.
Mix 2 parts LRB (Liquid Rubber Base) with 1 part TAV™ (Thickening Activator). Apply to repair any cracks in the walls and floor and smooth the surfaces with a trowel. (more…)
When looking at swimming pool options, there are a surprising number to choose from. Materials vary from concrete to fiberglass, and a lot more options to choose from. One important option is the types of pools you choose to install.
While many know the inherent differences between an in-ground and above-ground pool, there is another type: the infinity pool. Infinity(or negative edge) pools where one exposed edge appears to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
But what are the key differences between a conventional built in pool and an infinity pool? Well we’ve gone ahead and did the research so we can bring you an honest comparison between the two.
So, what is a swamp cooler? An Evaporative Cooler window unit (or Swamp Cooler) is a household device that cools air using the evaporation of water. Swamp coolers are usually found in the American Southwest, an area with high temperatures and low humidity. They can be useful if installed correctly and used in the right environment.
Are They Air Conditioners?
Yes and no. Evaporative Coolers are air conditioners, but don’t cool air in the exact same way.
Conventional air conditioners use vapor compression or absorption to refrigerate air while swamp coolers use the process of water evaporation to cool air. Evaporative Coolers are air conditioners, but they condition the air in a different way than a standard air conditioner.
Water features can bring a feel of sophistication to any backyard regardless of size or cost. While there are many water feature options out there, a very interesting one to consider is the backyard waterfall. Backyard waterfalls are stylish, natural water features that combine the feel of nature with the stunning beauty of waterfalls.
If you’re looking for a backyard water feature that is beautiful and practical, then a waterfall might be the choice for you.
But if you’re still not sure if a backyard waterfall is for you, we’ve compiled a list of some pros and cons to help you better decide.
A leaking gutter is a common household problem that can cause a surprising amount of damage. Let alone the physical damage to the gutters themselves, but the potential water damage to your home is also a serious threat. Rain water that isn’t diverted away from the house with gutters and downspouts can cause serious damage to your house and even flood your basement or seep into your foundation. To avoid these problems for you and your home, it’s best to keep your gutters free of leaks and operational. For those reasons, here are some guidelines on how to fix a leaking gutter.
How to Repair Downspouts for Metal Gutters
What You’ll Need: Wire brush, SANI-TRED® PermaFlex™, LRB (Liquid Rubber Base), TAV™ (Thickening Activator)
Where you live can make all the difference and housing options are becoming as diverse as people themselves. One form of housing that is unique and quite interesting is the tiny house. While living space in the average American home has gone up, so have home costs. While the average home is growing larger, some have decided to reverse that trend and choose a smaller living area. In the era of the “McMansion”, some are looking to live smaller have joined the tiny house movement.
What is a Tiny House?
A tiny house refers to a house less than 1,000 sq. ft. The average single family new home is 2,662 sq. ft. and the tiny house movement is attempting to counter that with smaller houses that take up less space and are less taxing on the environment. A tiny house is simply a house that has small space and big possibilities.
The Advantages of a Tiny House
These types of houses have many advantages over traditional housing, from personal preferences to environmental concerns. (more…)
While a swimming pool is a wonderful retreat in the summer months, maintenance is an all-year affair.
To keep your pool pristine and a great place to swim, you need to maintain it and keep it clean.
Proper maintenance can be a daunting task. The key issue is WHAT you do and WHEN you do it. That’s why we have compiled this post to help you better understand all that seasonal maintenance entails.