Pultruded FRP Offers a Low Maintenance Alternative to Metals in Pool Environments

The Family YMCA in Bristol, Tennessee needed a pool ramp to provide handicap access in their outdoor pool center. Specifically, they needed a lightweight, high-strength product able to withstand constant exposure to UV light, chlorinated water, and constant use.

Strongwell's SAFDECK® pultruded fiberglass decking, EXTREN® tubes and angles were selected by the pool's property manager based upon previous applications. SAFDECK® was installed to serve as flooring and EXTREN® 500 series tubes and angles served as posts and railings. Strongwell's pultruded fiberglass products met the pool's needs perfectly due to its corrosion-resistant qualities which maintain an attractive appearance while reducing maintenance costs.

In addition to corrosion resistance, Strongwell's materials also provided valuable skid resistance. SAFDECK®'s fine grit surface provides a safe, skid-resistant walking surface in wet conditions.

"The pool environment is highly corrosive and the aluminum ramp in the indoor pool required excessive maintenance after only seven years of use." said Gary McGeough, Property Manager of Bristol's Family YMCA. "FRP is the right solution for this type of application."