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Saltwater Swimming Pools NJ and the Benefits of Chlorinators

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

 

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Saltwater Swimming Pools NJ and the Benefits of Chlorinators


Saltwater chlorinators offer benefits for the sanitization of swimming pools. Saltwater swimming pool systems in NJ eliminate problems of old chlorine pools.


Remember when you would walk into a hotel’s indoor swimming pool and the pungent smell of chlorine would practically knock you over as you entered the room? Remember swimming at the municipal pool when you were young until your eyes burned so much and your hair turned so green that you looked like a zombie? These issues reflect downsides of certain swimming pool chlorination methods. Other disadvantages of chlorine may include the storage of chlorine and the potential safety risks it poses. Fortunately, a popular trend in the swimming pool industry addresses these issues. Saltwater chlorinators become more and more common every year, and they address many of the concerns and problems we have with traditional chlorination of inground pools.

First, let me explain how these systems work. Salt can also be referred to, chemically speaking, as sodium chloride. When sodium chloride goes through electrolysis in a saltwater chlorinator, the chlorine is removed from sodium chloride and used to sanitize the pool water. In general terms, the chlorinator uses salt to make its own supply of chlorine. This means that you do not have to add granular chlorine, chlorine tablets, or liquid chlorine, ever. The water comes through the system and is injected with the newly-formed chlorine that is “extracted” from the salt.

What are the advantages of such a system? First of all, not adding chlorine means no storing chlorine. Chlorine can be dangerous especially if you have pets or children around. The addition of these types of chlorine can also be slightly more tedious than adding salt to the swimming pool system. Because saltwater chlorinators regulate their own production of chlorine, there is a certain amount of convenience to the process. There is also some greater assurance that you won’t end up hurting your eyes or turning your blonde hair green. If you have certain priorities with regards to the sanitization of your pool and the convenience of your pool, a saltwater chlorinator may be a great option for your swimming pool equipment.

At Cipriano, we have not installed a chlorine swimming pool since 2004! We have gone eight full years installing saltwater chlorinators for homeowners who really want to make the most out of their pool investment. Saltwater systems cost more upfront than chlorine systems, but you can make-up the cost with savings over time. Salt is cheaper than chlorine because salt does not require the production of chlorine until it’s in your actual swimming pool. In fact, the production of chlorine within the pool water itself is actually said to have increased sanitization benefits! The only thing to look out for is the maintenance of equipment that may suffer wear and tear from the salt system. You may also have to keep your pump running a bit longer, but highly efficient, variable speed pumps take the strain off of your utility bills.

If you have any further questions about the advantages and disadvantages of saltwater chlorinators, feel free to call or email us. Like I said, these systems have become the norm in our pool industry. They are also a good option to consider for any pool renovations or upgrades. If you want to jump on board with the latest pool equipment technology, we can always provide the latest information on what’s new in the world of pool designs, pool construction, and pool maintenance.

Gunite Swimming Pools NJ -The Advantages of Gunite Pools NJ

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

 

Gunite Swimming Pools NJ -The Advantages of Gunite Pools NJ

Gunite Swimming Pools NJ – Custom pool builder shares advantages of gunite swimming pools, expert construction techniques, and the benefits of concrete pools.

 

What is gunite? Gunite is a specialty concrete that is pneumatically installed; in general, the term gets its name from the fact that it is “shot” from a hose like a “gun.” The product was originally used by taxidermists to fill plaster models of animals. Today, gunite is commonly known for its use in the swimming pool industry, where it is used to create custom structures on a much larger scale. From taxidermy to building repairs, gunite has a long history of structural uses and artistic applications. In the swimming pool industry, gunite is both structural AND artistic.

There are, as you know, different types of inground pools from which to choose. You can get a liner pool, a fiberglass pool, or a concrete gunite swimming pool. The different structures offer different challenges and benefits. Fiberglass pools, for example, are extremely easy to install because they come in prefabricated shapes that are put in the ground. Concrete pools do not have the luxury of prefabricated shapes, but they do have the luxury of achieving any type of structure you can imagine. With the highly customizable structure comes the challenge of building that structure.

The best way to provide insight into concrete swimming pools is to explain how gunite fits into the pool construction process. As I said earlier, gunite is a special concrete that is pneumatically applied to create inground pools. For concrete pools, the gunite is applied or “shot” at a minimum compressive strength of 4000 psi at 28 days. In the process of pool construction, gunite comes after the pool is excavated, formed, and plumbed. First, the pool is dug and formed. Then plumbing and rebar are completed. Next the pool is shot with gunite to complete the basic structure.

A couple challenges presented by concrete pool designs revolve around the gunite itself. When applied, the builder must be mindful of the gunite that bounces back off the rebar called (rebound). This rebound cannot be used in the structure and must be cleared away so as not to trap the waste material inside the pool shell. The builder must also be very mindful of the curing rate of the pool; in some cases the pool must be watered in areas in order to create a consistent cure throughout the structure. The gunite applier must keep in mind that the gunite needs to wrap tightly all around the rebar to avoid little pockets, known as shadowing. Lastly, pool designs must also address the protection of the concrete. Plasters and tile finishes provide one solution for protecting the structure from the water it holds.

Concrete pools are very appealing because they feature highly customizable pool designs. They offer a great amount of freedom in terms of style and structure. While the advantages are many, challenges present themselves and hands-on experience is required to build the luxurious structures. The gunite plays largely into the safety and durability of a well-built swimming pool. Inground pools, regardless of their beauty and luxurious features, are only as valuable as the structures themselves. The most luxurious pool designs will be a costly waste of time and money if they run into structural problems down the road. The key to avoiding such problems is to deal with a pool company that has experience building complex gunite pools.

 

NJ Pool Builder Wins Swimming Pool Masonry Design Award

Friday, January 28th, 2011

NJ Pool Builder Wins Swimming Pool Masonry Design Award

Mason Contractors Association Recognizes the Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping team with one of Its prestigious TEAM Awards for exemplary mason and hardscapes work for a natural stone swimming pool project in Saddle River New Jersey.

 

On January 17, 2011 at the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas, the Mason Contractors Association of America hosted the TEAM awards, which stand for a Tribute to Exemplary Achievements in Masonry. These awards recognized masonry and hardscape achievements.

Our team won the Landscape, Hardscape category for the work we did on a swimming pool project in Saddle River, New Jersey.  One of the judges was quoted in the award brochure, “It looks like something God might have done!”  and we thank him for inspiring us with his beautiful creations.

Bill Moore, our landscape architect, designed the pool on the project with two waterfalls; one flows into the pool and one flows out over the vanishing edge, creating three tiers. The waterfalls tie in the back yard’s twenty-six foot elevation change as it transitions to the house. The stone used for the waterfall is Palisades stone and Pennsylvania chunk sandstone, set vertically to mimic the natural outcroppings of the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River.  All across the hardscape, textured plantings of the pool landscaping soften the stone masonry and create a natural setting fit for the massive waterfalls.

The comfortable pool patio area is grey Tennessee Crab Orchard. The outdoor living space includes an outdoor fireplace, a full-service kitchen and bar, a koi pond, and plenty of seating on the dining patio, which is finished with bluestone set in a random, regular pattern.

The whole team contributed to earning this TEAM award! Bill took the projects biggest challenge, the 26 foot elevation change, and made it the greatest asset by creating a two-tiered waterfall hardscape cascading down towards the stone patio. The masonry division gets kudos for their tireless efforts and creativity. Keith Steinhoff also deserves kudos for his amazing job designing all the hydraulics and for his instrumental work in tying all the different facets together.

In the end, each of these unique components of the hardscape combines to form a stone masterpiece.  Congratulations to the entire team!