Pool Restorations

Give new life to your old, cold pool; remodel your pool with green technology by using the insulated wall panel system along with a new interior finish.

If your pool needs to be refinished or repaired or you want to lessen the cost to operate your pool, you can now do both by utilizing the insulated wall panel system and EVM Coating (Elastameric Variable Membrane).

Suppose that you have a concrete (Gunite) plastered pool and that pool conducts 1.7 w/m-k... to understand this in a more familiar term it is represented as an R factor (insulation factor). 8" of concrete or Gunite would have an R factor of R-0.68. Any metal wall, acrylic wall or fiberglass pool would have a similar R factor, less than 3/4 of 1% (single paned windows are better). During the summer, the average ground temperature across the United States is less than 60 degrees, the farther north you are the colder it is; for example: in Sacramento, CA, the ground temperature is 56 degrees in the summer. If you have an 18"x36" pool with approximately 1,200 sq. ft. of pool surface in contact with a ground temperature of 60 degrees maximum and you want the pool water to be 85 degrees, you would need to produce 360,000 BTU of heat per day to keep the water 85 degrees. That's 3 times the surface loss of heat you would lose to the air, which can be reduced or almost eliminated with the installation of a solar blanket pool cover. If you installed our 2" insulated wall panel system over the concrete (Gunite) pool structure it would reduce the heat loss from the ground to 50,000 BTU, which is 14% of the original heat requirement of 360,000 BTU, and would result in an 86% energy savings in heating costs. If you used our 1" panel, your savings would be half of the 2" insulation.

We offer an insulated pool panel system to retrofit and renovate any type of pool structure whether it's a Gunite/plastered pool, metal wall, acrylic wall or fiberglass pool structure (pools must have 3-1/2" concrete floor). This product comes in two thicknesses, 1" with an R-5 factor or 2" with an R-10 factor. The panels are attached to the entire interior wall surface of the pool utilizing Ener-bonder adhesive by Dow or lock-tight adhesive by Permatex or any other styrofoam adhesive. Any voids, cracks or seams should be filled with expanding polystyrene foam after installing panels. This expanding polystyrene foam comes in a spray can and can be purchased from any building supply store. The insulation foam panel then needs to be roughed up (with a stiff wire brush) and coated with a polymer or acrylic bonder such as Acryl 60 or similar. A thin coat of structural plaster 1/4" thick is then applied to the entire insulated pool surface. When we ship the insulation product to you, we also ship a polystyrene mesh, which is troweled into the first coat of structural plaster. A second coat of 1/4" structural plaster is applied over the first coat embedding the mesh between both coats; the second coat is a finish coat and must be applied as smooth as possible. The plaster should be mist-sprayed for 3-5 days during the wet/dry curing process.

The inlets coming into the pool need to be extended out by the thickness of the foam that you are installing over your existing pool surface. The light niche does not have to be extended nor does the skimmer. This is because the EVM Coating will wrap around and end within both of the light niche and skimmer. Any screw holes in any of the above items need to be marked by installing a toothpick in the screw hole so it can be located after the coating has been applied. When re-applying any screws, the hole should be filled with silicone sealant and silicone should be applied to the screw to prevent any possibility of water leaks. If your pool is equipped with a main drain, the main drain will need to be extended and modified to meet the new Federal Law, Virginia Graeme Baker Act, which went into effect December 19, 2008. This means all pool drains have to be updated with an anti-entrapment type, approved VGB cover.

At this point you are ready to install the EVM Coating (Elastameric Variable Membrane) interior pool finish. The EVM Coating comes in white, but can be ordered in different colors for an additional $0.25 cents per sq. ft. and by submitting a color chip. You can use either an adhesive tile or real pool tile with the EVM Coating. We offer a Borderline vinyl adhesive tile in two sizes and three different patterns for each size; a 6" tile for $2.50 a Lineal Ft. or a 9" for $3.75 a Lineal Ft. The Borderline tile will last approximately 3 or 4 years and can easily be replaced. You can use real pool tile with silicone sealant and silicone grout. If you are using real pool tile it will last indefinitely, but it would adds 3/8" that would make the total thickness of 1-7/8" at the top of the wall under the coping. If you are using Borderline tile, you are only adding 1-5/8" total thickness at the top.

If you are going to insulate the pool with the 2" polystyrene foam insulation you will have to extend the coping out a minimum of 2-1/2" unless you are applying real tile then the coping would need to be extended 2-7/8". The price for the 1" R-5 insulating panel with the polystyrene mesh and the EVM Coating (in white) including delivery is $5.50 per sq. ft. The price for the 2" R-10 insulating panel with the polystyrene mesh and the EVM Coating (in white) including delivery is $7.50 per sq. ft.

Benefits you will receive:

•Naturally warmer pool, increase pool season approximately 2 months, depending on your location
•Heating costs will be dramatically reduced, saving energy costs in gas or electric heating will be cut even if you are using solar heating because you won't have to run the solar system as long
•A completely new looking pool with a fresh interior coating that is warranted for 20 years the longevity of your pool will be dramatically increased
•Comes in any color
•Less chemical usage, easily cleaned with simple detergents
•Will not support algae
•Consistently smooth, no scuffed feet or knees
•Elasticity of 200% stretch even though bonded to the structure, tensile strength of 1,500 psi
•Remains flexible at temperatures as low as 30 degrees F
•Watertight, impervious membrane
•Resistant to many common chemicals
•EVM Coating has been approved by state health department officials

The use of these products reduces total energy use and fossil fuel emission and improves energy efficiency nationwide. Additionally, this technology focuses on low capital improvements with immediate return.

You might also want to change your pool pump by switching from a single speed pump to a two-speed pump of similar size to conserve energy as this will save two-thirds of your pump energy cost.

In order to provide you with the appropriate insulating panels, you will need to supply us with a 1/4" scaled drawing showing us the entire shape, depth and curvature of the pool bottom so that we can calculate the proper amount of material for your particular pool size, shape, etc. Shipping time is 10-14 days.

EVM Coating - Application Procedure

For Pools with Steel and acrylic side walls and concrete bottoms

1. Use a width of our polystyrene mesh (2” or 3”) to cover the panel joint where the panel meets the floor, use the Hydro-Stop Sealer 3000 to attach strips. Follow the rest of the steps below. Each application can proceed as soon as the previous application is dry to the touch.

For Concrete or Fiberglass Pools

2. Roll-on Hydro Stop 3000 over the plastered walls and concrete bottom and let set 2 hours, or until dry. Note: All square corners need to have the coatings applied with a large paint brush before the normal spray application. Watch for white blush. Rinse with water to remove blush.

3. Spray-on or roll-on Primer 2836 on walls.

4. Spray three double passes Finish Coat 2850 on floor and walls. ↕ ↔ ↕

Note: If any imperfections are seen or noticeable after the spray application, you should go back over these areas again with a roller.

You should get 30 to 40 sq. ft. per gallon from the EVM Coating.

Remember -- you can’t hurt it if you put on too much – only if you don’t put enough on!

NOTE: Sometimes the EVM Middle-coat is like Jell-O.
Mixing at high rate will reduce viscosity to a cream consistency.

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