Fibreglass pools arrive in one pre-formed, pre-finished piece, so installation is fast and easy! Fibreglass pools come in a variety of shapes and styles to fit your lifestyle, as well as designer textures and colors to match your personal style. Besides the quick installation, one of the biggest benefits of fibreglass pools is their surface. The smoothness makes it difficult for algae to cling to it and that means... easier maintenance.
How it's made
Swimpool Centre supply, fibreglass pools manufactured by Sundance Pools. Sundance Pools manufacture fibreglass pools from their factory based in Somerset West, Cape Town. The method of manufacturing is open mould, hand lamination, which has remained the most efficient and reliable method of fibreglass pool manufacturing.
The hand lamination method of manufacturing has proven itself the best and most reliable method for the following reasons:
(Information provided by Sundance Pools)
1.Hand lamination ensures the thickness of the fibreglass shell is consistent throughout. This is guaranteed due to the fact the fibreglass is supplied in rolls/sheets. These sheets are cut to size and are laid one on top of the other on the mould, during the lamination process, thereby ensuring the consistent thickness of the product. The chopper gun method, which is spray on, is extremely reliant on the operator and the thickness throughout the product is not consistent. This was shown when Sundance Pools acquired a brand new fibreglass shell from a well known manufacturer and drilled out 18 samples throughout the shell. Not one sample was the same thickness and the thickness varied by 3.4mm from the thinnest (2mm) to the thickest (5.4mm). Consistent thickness is vital throughout the product to ensure strength and integrity of the fibreglass pool shell which is holding a consistent and considerable weight of water.
2.Sundance Pools use a thin layer of fibreglass tissue under the gel coat (colour) This ensures a resin rich layer which is important for waterproofing and protects the colour from the fibres penetrating through from below thereby eliminating the chances of osmosis occurring. At the same time the fibreglass tissue guarantees a smooth surface finish. This important tissue layer is not applied in the chopper gun method of manufacturing.
3.The fibres in the fibreglass rolls applied to Sundance Pools are long. This ensures an excellent bond and a structure that is sound over a large surface like a pool, which is essential for strength as the pool is holding anything from 10 000 tons-70 000 tons of water. The chopper gun method actually chops the fibres into tiny pieces and sprays them onto the mould surface. Sundance Pools believe the longer fibreglass strands are far more conducive to fibreglass pool manufacturing of large surfaces than other smaller fiberglass products like canopies for vehicles for which chopper guns were originally designed to manufacture.
4.Sundance Pools uses a product called coremat which is sandwiched between the fibreglass layers. Coremat makes the fibreglass pool shell very ridged. This helps with the installation of the pool and outer ribs and other forms of support used by some manufactures are not necessary.
5.Sundance Pools only use the best resins available on the market. Isothelic resins as well as the best NPG gelcoats ensuring your pool can be heated without worrying that the structure or interior will be affected.
6.When the fibreglass sheets are applied to the mould there are overlaps as the sheets are applied. At these overlaps the fibreglass pools are twice as thick. This forms a built in rib like system into the fibreglass shell, again adding strength. This does not apply during the chopper gun method of manufacturing which is a spray.
7.A reinforcing beam is laminated around the top of the pool on the outside of the shell. This helps strengthen the pool for transportation but also is used during pool installations to tie into the concrete ring beam which is cast around the top of the pool.
8.Using the hand lamination method to manufacture fibreglass pools uses more materials and is more labour intensive. This is a fact which makes it more expensive to manufacture. The chopper gun method uses less materials, which are cheaper and uses less labour so is therefore a cheaper method of manufacturing a fibreglass pool. This is the advantage those manufactures have over hand lamination manufactures. Sundance Pools believe, based on the facts above, that the hand lamination method is a far superior and reliable method of manufacturing fibreglass pools for strength, product integrity and customer peace of mind. Some manufactures using the chopper gun promote its use as “modern technology” and hand lamination as “out dated”. Sundance Pools has been around for many decades and could change their operation to the chopper gun system in the course of a week for not a lot of money, but believe in their tried and tested hand lamination method that has served them so well with NOT ONE manufacturing structural failure in all those years. Quality is not expensive……………….it’s priceless.
Advantages of choosing a fibreglass pool
Unique ‘coremat’ layer eliminates the need for the webs or reinforcing struts found on cheaper pools, so fibreglass represents value for life.
•Quick and easy to install with the minimum of disruption.
•Impervious finish, algae and bacteria cannot gain a foothold.
•Require less chemicals as no reaction from gelcoat, so kind to eyes.
•Automatic pool cleaners love our contoured corners.
•Fiberglass pools absorb ground movement, unlike rigid constructions which can crack.
•No painting or retiling for life, even the mosaic is built in during manufacture.
•Fibreglass is an excellent insulator.
•Silky smooth, no skin abrasions.
•Unlike liner pools, dogs’ claws cannot cause damage.
•We can match any colour to suit your requirements.
•Fibreglass pools will not fade and always retain their good looks.
•Of all methods of swimming pool construction a Sundance fibreglass pool is the simplest …and most rewarding.
•All Sundance manufactured pool shells come with a ten year manufacturer’s guarantee against manufacturing faults.
Fibreglass Pool shapes
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Mistral(3.0m x 2.5m)
Siroco(3.5m x 3.5m)
Jetswim(4.0m x 2.2m)
Aries(4.0m x 3.0m)
Saturn(5.0m x 3.0m)
Chelsea(5.5m x 2.5m)
Saturn Bay(6.0m x 3.0m)
Ritz(6.0m x 3.0m)
Ritz Side Bay(6.0m x 3.3m)
Kidney(6.2m x 3.3m)
Chelsea Bay(6.5m x 2.5m)
Ritz Bay(7.0m x 3.0m)
Terrace(5/6/7m x 3.3m)
Cottage(7.2m x 3.3m)
Bolero(7.5m x 3.3m)
Gemini(8.3m x 4.0m)
Classic(8.5m x 4.0m)
Roman(9.5m x 4.5m)
Olympic(11.0m x 4.5m)
MANOR BAY 3mx3.5m
CAMEO BAY 5mx3m
PLAZA MARTINI 5.5mx3.3m
CONTESSA BAY 7mx3m
SAGITTARIUS BAY 7.2mx4.2m