Research Before You Buy
A pool is a significant investment so it is important to do your research before you buy. When you start shopping around you will be given a lot of information from different pool companies. Take your time to read and absorb it all and feel free to contact the Sales & Design Consultant if you need further information or clarification.
To help you with your research, we have listed a few key things that you should consider before buying your new pool.
1. Pool Quality
Does your pool builder operate under a Quality Management System and has product conformance to Australian Standard 1838:1994? Accreditation means being measured and tested by an authorised, independent auditor. Anyone can say they build to the Australian Standard. For your peace of mind, always ask for a license number – ours is 1906.
Also ensure that only quality materials are being used in the manufacture of your pool. All Aqua Technics pools are made using certified swimming pool grade fibreglass, trialled and tested to perform specifically for swimming pools. We also have WA’s only gelcoat manufacturing facility, allowing for daily batching of raw materials by our fully qualified Industrial Chemist. This guarantees a better product.
2. Pool Structure
Does the pool have a full size ribbing system, making the pool independently structural when installed into a sandy hole, eliminating the need for ‘consolidated’ or a sand or cement backfill? Long sweeping benches, seats and swim outs are an important part of any pool design. Always ensure they are structurally supported and are part of the pool shell to guarantee its integrity and ensure the strength of the pool.
Steps should also be structurally supported. Aqua Technics fibreglass pools have steps with lateral reinforcing baffles that ensure the step area is supported. Without these it would be impossible to ensure all the backfill is consolidated in and under the step area.
The design of the edge beam should be such that there is no need for secondary engineering works. Ours have a baffle designed to support the horizontal area of the edge beam and are 200mm in width, making them structurally sound. Most of the paving companies have designed their pool headers to fit 200mm edge beams. All fittings should be fibreglassed onto the shell, not screwed on and sealed with silicone, to eliminate leaking and provide additional structural integrity. Full depth walls and full width floors allowing for maximum swimming area, except in pools that feature a safety ledge.
3. Pool Finish
It is important when choosing a finish and colour to consider factors that can affect the surface of the pool, such as UV rays and chemicals, which can fade and damage the pool’s surface. Aqua Technics’ range of fibreglass pools are available with both Pool ColourGuard® and Crystite® technology with a Lifetime Interior Surface Guarantee for pool colour that is guaranteed not to fade.
Always ensure that comprehensive warranties are available with your swimming pool. Aqua Technics offers the world’s first Lifetime Interior Surface Guarantee for FADE-FREE colour along with an Extended Lifetime Structural Guarantee on every fibreglass pool.
5. Made in WA
Shop around and do your homework to be sure that your pool has been manufactured locally in Perth. The soils in WA are different to the east coast and locally built pools take into consideration WA soil conditions. Make sure the pool that you select is manufactured specifically for you and has not travelled long distances. All Aqua Technics pools are made to order at our Welshpool manufacturing facility, the largest in Western Australia.
6. Filter, Pumps & Other Equipment
Consider the pump size and brand. Is the pump large enough for the size of your pool? Where are you keeping the equipment and is it visible in this position? There is a high standard of pool filters available in Australia. The type you choose depends on your particular requirements and environment preference. There is a large range of automatic pool cleaners available in the market today. Types include suction, motor-driven, in-floor or pressure cleaner types. Choose a type that best suits your pool and maintenance requirements.
7. Electrical Requirements
How many power points do you need? Most pool manufacturers offer 2 weatherproof power points and allow 40m of electrical run – anything more will be at an extra cost.