Why Stainless Steel Works for Indoor Swimming Pools

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Use stainless steel as the material of choice for your public or private indoor aquatic facilities.

Indoor swimming pools have a wide array of characteristics to choose from.  Just today I took a tour of two different health fitness clubs with two very different indoor pools.  The first one was intended for leisurely family fun while the other was aligned with swimming lanes for serious, get-in-shape members.  One had colorful, posh lights shining upon the water replicating a high-end resort while the family fun one had a no fuss feel.  This is the same with these types of pools throughout the private and public sector.  There are water parks with indoor wave pools, indoor water slides and light fixtures distinct to a facility proving you can find options suitable to any taste.  But one aspect of these indoor pools that was common amongst the two visited facilities (and across the board regardless of the locale) is the room/air temperature.

The air temperature around this type of pool is usually hot, humid and kept that way on purpose to maintain a high level of chemical sanitation.  These chemicals are mainly chlorine- based and placed in around the pool area, the sauna sections, showers, change rooms, etc…  This is why when building an indoor aquatic facility stainless steel is the best option.  Let me explain.

When manufacturing a swimming facility it is important to remember that water will be mixed with chemicals, humidity and high temperatures.  Under such circumstances, certain materials crack and corrode.  High temperatures escalate the corrosion process in several metals and humid droplets of water you find in these areas generate cracks within these metals.  Additionally, the cleaning and maintenance chemicals used alter the state of materials that come into contact with the water, chemicals and humidity; on the other hand, stainless steel remains intact.

Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant, impervious to cracking and remains intact when chemicals react to the metal.   It is easy to clean, stays hygienically sound and does not rust.

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The Relationship Between Stainless Steel and Swimming Pools

Posted on June 20, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Find out the benefits of using stainless steel for your next pool design project.

Summer time means temperatures are rising, kids are out of school, backyard cookouts are planned and hopefully, somewhere in this summer picturesque scene, a pool is involved.  It is way too hot not to involve endless swimming days into the mix.  With that said, today I am going to focus on pools and the relationship pool design has with stainless steel.

Stainless steel is incorporated into pool design in different ways.  Consider what you need the steel for and where it will be used before diving into purchasing steel for this project.  Think about if you are going to need the steel item to be fully submerged or saturated all the time.  For instance, pool ladders and diving board structures fall into this category.  Alternatively, do you need to design areas that shall only get splashed instead, such as changing rooms, bathrooms and/or seating areas?

Grades 304 and 316 are commonly used for all of the above locations.  For the more drenched areas, choose type 316.  Its crevice corrosion resistance makes it an ideal choice.  Of course,  ask a professional that specializes in steel to discover what your options are and which works best to meet your needs.

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