Where to Use Fiberglass in Aquatics Centers to Maximize Benefits
Fiberglass can be utilized in various areas within aquatic centers to enhance performance, durability, and safety. Once installed, center owners will benefit for years to come by enjoying reduced maintenance costs, longer structure life, and overall simplicity of ownership. Here are some common applications of fiberglass in aquatic centers:
Pools and Water Features
Fiberglass is frequently used for constructing pool shells, especially in the form of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP). Fiberglass pools offer advantages such as durability, chemical resistance, and low maintenance. They can be molded into various shapes and sizes, allowing for customization to meet specific design requirements. Additionally, fiberglass can be used to create water features like slides, waterfalls, and play structures, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.
Pool and Deck Resurfacing
Fiberglass coatings can be applied to resurface existing concrete or other pool deck materials. Fiberglass resurfacing provides a smooth, non-slip surface that is resistant to chemicals, UV radiation, and water damage. It improves the aesthetics and safety of pool decks, reducing the risk of slips and falls.
Aquatic Equipment and Furniture
Fiberglass is commonly used in the manufacturing of aquatic equipment and furniture such as diving boards, starting blocks, pool ladders, and water slides. Fiberglass components offer strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion and weathering, making them suitable for prolonged use in aquatic environments.
Water Storage and Treatment
Fiberglass tanks and containers can be utilized for water storage and treatment systems in aquatic centers. These tanks are resistant to corrosion, provide a hygienic storage environment, and can be customized to meet specific volume and filtration requirements. Fiberglass is also commonly used for manufacturing filtration vessels, chemical storage tanks, and water treatment systems.
Wet Area Wall Coverings
Fiberglass wall panels can be installed in wet areas such as showers, changing rooms, and splash zones. These panels offer excellent water resistance, durability, and ease of cleaning. They provide a hygienic and aesthetically pleasing surface that withstands moisture and daily wear and tear.
Fiberglass can be used for structural components such as columns, beams, and support structures within aquatic centers. FRP structural elements offer strength, lightweight construction, and corrosion resistance, making them suitable for environments with high humidity and exposure to chlorine or saltwater. This is an often-overlooked area, as traditional construction of waterpark structures was often steel or wood. Waterparks have known for decades the best option for waterslides is fiberglass, but are learning more and more that structures designed and built using pultruded FRP structural shapes offer many of the same advantages as using fiberglass elsewhere, while reducing costs, minimizing downtime, and increasing longevity of their structures.
It's important to note that specific applications of fiberglass in aquatic centers may vary depending on the specific needs and requirements of the facility. Consulting with professionals and adhering to relevant regulations and standards will help determine the appropriate use of fiberglass materials in each specific area of the aquatic center. If you have a project in mind and want to learn how fiberglass may help your aquatic center, reach out to one of Strongwell’s highly-knowledgeable team members.