1. Do i need water-line tiles?    At Ero swimming pools we strongly recommend the inclusion of water-line tiles.Water-line tiles give the pool interior room to expand meaning it can help the pool last even longer. If you dont have water-line tiles, over time the interior (pebble , Quarzton) will develop discolouration because half the interior will be underwater and some of it will be above the water. Water-line tiles mean that this can never occur.If you are not keen on water-line tiles, regular pool maintenance can also help keep your water-line clean.
  2. Pebble? Quartzon? Aristone? Glass Pebbles? With so many options and products out there, it might seem impossible to choose the best product for your pool. Every pool is different and affected by different problems. Pools prone to calcium and calcium-leeching (thin white build-up in mainly salt-water pools) should try stay clear of products such as Quartzon and Q-Quartz as they are slightly more sensative to such problems. However, Quartzon & Q-Quartz can give you a nice darkness in water that is difficult to achieve from pebblecrete or Aristone. It is best to contact one of our advisors to discuss your pool condition so we can work out the best product to use for your pool interior.
  3. Do i need a pool cover?   Pool cover’s are a must have for heaters, they can cut pool heating cost’s by up to a 1/3rd. They also help keep your pool clean from debris, stop’s evaporation , helps reduce the amount of chemicals put into a pool and keeps the pool warm during cold days/nights.
  4. What should i choose, gas or solar heating?  Gas heating is perhaps the best way to heat a concrete pool and can be used all year round. Its downside would perhaps be its set-up costs (gas heating systems are not cheap to buy & install). Solar heating is the most common means of pool heating in Australia. It is a cheaper option & apart from a maintenance check every 4-5 years is cheap to run. Solar heating will help you with some extra months a year of swimming pool use but is no help during the cold winter months. It’s best usage is during late summer, autumn and spring. It’s great because it’s free to run. Note: solar heating is not approved in some Sydney councils.
  5. Salt water or chlorine?   As per every product, there are pro’s and con’s. Salt water pools are healthier to your skin, eyes, your family, freinds and the environment. They also can mean that less maintenance is needed for your pool. Salt , as opposed to chlorine, is softer on the skin and doesnt leave you feeling as dry as that of a chlorine pool. It also helps sterilises the pool , preventing the build up of algae. In contrast, chlorine-run pools have will get the maximum out of their pool interior, waterline tiles and coping. Salt tends to damage pool surfaces in and outside the water in some cases twice as fast as that of a chlorine based pool. For example, a 20 year old pool run with salt, compared to a 20 year old pool run with chlorine will usually be in much worse condition. Calcium spots, drummy coping and rough pools surfaces are some of the things to find on an older salt water pool.