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A Guide to Swimming Pool Coping Stones

Just about every in-ground swimming pool has coping stones around the edge. Over the years they deteriorate and need replacing. This article will tell you what your options are for replacing them.
Until recently all Swimming pool coping stones were sourced from UK manufacturers but now a nice range of Mediterranean style copings are available in the UK. The traditional UK made coping stone comes  in 2 foot lengths and are either 9 inches or 12 inches wide. There are two stlyes and two colours available. The two stlyes are called “bullnose” and “flat top”. Bullnose have a built in backward slope and flat top do not. The colour choices are White or Buff. The most popular choice by far is White Bulnose.

Flat top coping stone

Bullnose Coping Stone with backward slope

White swimming pool coping stone

Traditional White Bullnose Pool Coping

As well as the standard straight coping you can also get what are known as “specials”. These are the corner stones for internal or external corners and “radius” copings for going around roman ends (as shown in the image above).
The traditional copings always stand out from the paving surround and many people like the way they define the edge of the pool but others prefer the copings to match the surrounding paving. This matching style is typically Mediterranean and now there is available in the UK a Spanish pool coping that is not only great looking as a stand alone coping but comes with matching paving slabs if you want them.
The Sahara coping has the built in back slope while the Ardoise coping is a flat top. Ardoise has a riven finish while the Sahara is smooth.

Ardoise Coping Stone – Flat topped with riven finish and 330mm wide

Sahara Coping – back sloping, smooth and 270mm or 330mm wide

Surprisingly these Mediterranean swimming pool coping stones are not more expensive than their UK counterparts.  Below are the prices for a 12ft x 24ft rectangular pool for comparison.

Traditional 9 inch £820 .00
Traditional 12 inch £1,000.00
Sahara 270mm £760.00
Sahara 330mm £820.00
Ardoise 330mm £1,010.00

For more information on the coping stones and matching paving slabs featured here follow the links below
Click here for Traditional Swimming Pool Coping Stones
Click here for the Sahara Range of Swimming Pool Coping Stones
Click here for the Ardoise Range of Swimming Pool Coping Stones

New Stain Removal System for Swimming Pools

 

PoolStore is pleased to introduce a new system for the removal of stains from the walls and floors of swimming pools.

 

Stains in swimming pools are almost always caused by metals in the source water. The metals come out of solution in one or more place on the shell of the pool and can seem to be impossible to remove by conventional cleaning. The stains are usually brown in colour but can be yellowy or black.  Fibreglass pools seem to be more prone to staining than any other type of pool.

 

The removal of stains is a 2 step process.  First you have to get the stain off the wall by getting the metals out of there and in to the water. Then you have to get the metals out of the water.

 

Start by adding  Multi Stain Remover to the water. This is quite a strong acid and will take the metals out of the walls and in to the water.

 

The second stage is to remove the metals from the water using No More Metal. The metals are held in suspension so they can be filtered out. No More Metal should be added on a regular basis thereafter to keep the level of metals down in the pool water and so prevent the stains from re-forming.

 

Stain removal is not a simple process so read the instructions carefully.  One thing to note is that the first product is very acidic and will alter the pH balance of the pool. When re-balancing the water you must do it gradually over a few days or you will un-do the work that the stain remover did and the stains will re-form.

 

metal stain removerPool Stain Remover

A Review of the Monaco Sun Reel

If you have even wanted to have a motorised roller for your pool cover but were put off by having to install an electrical supply to your pool deck then a solution is at hand.

Intopool, the manufacturer of the market leading Monte Carlo swimming pool reel, have introduced the motorised Monaco Sun Reel with a solar powered motor eliminating the need for an electrical supply.

The solar powered Monaco reel means there is no need to install an electrical supply

The reel on the Monaco is the same as the Monte Carlo which is the strongest and best swimming pool reel on the market. Inside the reel is a reliable German manufactured motor taking its power supply from a battery. The new hi-tech battery sits behind a solar panel fixed to one end of the roller. The panel can be rotated to a position to catch the best sunlight. One flick of a switch and the cover is pulled off. During the installation process you set the limits for when the motor stops so once activated the motor will always stop just when the cover is fully removed or replaced.

A bubble cover is not rigid enough to be pushed back on to the pool so you have to guide it back on with a leading edge kit on the cover.

The Monaco Sun Reel will even work on an indoor pool. If there is enough sunlight to charge the battery then you can use the standard model but if not there is the option to install the solar panel outside to catch the sun.

How does a swimming pool leak sealer work?

If you have a leak in your pool  you are faced with two major problems. One is finding where the leak is and the other is the expense of digging down and repairing it. Getting a professional in to find and fix the leak will probably cost a minimum of £150 and you could end up with a bill in the thousands.

Before you call in the pool engineer it is surely worth £20.00 to see if Lo-Chlor Leak Sealer will solve the problem. You don’t need to find the leak, Leak Sealer will do that for you, and you don’t have to dig down on it.

The leak sealer contains a special chemical that remains liquid when in water but as soon as it comes in contact with air it forms a solid. So as soon as your water leaks through the hole and comes in contact with air it forms a solid plug and seals up the hole.

The leak in your pool needs to be relatively small, about 2cms per day and we can’t promise that it will work but we have had many very happy customers who, faced with a probable bill for hundreds of pounds, found that Leak Sealer did the repair job for them at a cost of £20.

Lo-Chlor Leak Sealer. £20 spent could save you hundreds.

Cleaning Slatted Pool Covers

If you have a slatted pool cover you no doubt love the convenience of just flicking a switch and watching your pool cover remove itself from your pool but you may also suffer from the frustration of seeing all that scale and algae building up in the joints between the slats. We have a chemical to help with that.

Lo-Chlor Salt Cell Cleaner is a strong acid mixed with a soap and mainly used for de-scaling the plates of a salt chlorinator and it is very good at performing that task. But diluted down it can be used to clean off limescale deposits from a slatted cover and it is great at that too.

For light deposits dilute at 10:1 and for heavy deposits dilute at 5:1. Apply with a brush and leave it on for a few minutes. The acid will react with limescale and dissolve it away. It will also kill any algae. The soap content in the mix will wash away any dirt and you will be left with nice clean slats.

Made for cleaning salt chlorinators this product is also great for cleaning slatted pool covers