One of the coolest inground pool features these days that has taken social media by storm are Hydrofloors. These incredible movable pool floor systems enable you to achieve the ultimate hidden pool. Hydrofloors were first introduced to the pool industry back in 2007. Since then they have slowly been gaining traction with builders and homeowners alike.
Movable pool floors have been around for decades. If you’ve ever seen the pool from ‘It’s Wonderful Life’, you’d recall a memorable scene involving a dance floor opening up to a swimming pool. Technology has certainly come a long way since George Bailey took the plunge. These movable floors vertically rise to fill in the pool area with usable space within minutes.
What Are Hydrofloors?
Twinscape Group is the pioneer behind this revolutionary technology that is enabling homeowners to reenvision their pool area as a dual-purpose space. It is now possible to go from an indoor gym to an indoor pool in an instant using Hydrofloors. The movable swimming pool floors can be lowered to varying depths. It can also be elevated to ground level to be utilized as a flat-top surface.
The James Bondesque pool feature isn’t just becoming more popular with luxury homeowners. Hydrofloors are also becoming a big hit with aquatic centers. The ability to raise and lower the pool floor makes it possible to hold infant swim classes at 10 am, an adult lap swim at noon, and a swim meet competition at 3pm all in the same pool.
Transforming the pool to different depths happens all by pressing a single button. Hydrofloors also have applications for creating better therapy pools. Slip-resistant, movable pool floor systems can be easily adjusted. This allows swimmers of any physical condition to enter and exit the pool with greater ease. Hydrofloors eliminate the need for slings, hoists, and access ramps.
Movable Pool Floors Are Attracting More Pool Builders
Builders like Paolo Benedetti ofAquatic Technology out of Morgan Hill, CA, have become a big fan of Hydrofloors. They enjoy the ability to do multiple depth floor systems that can accommodate popular finishes (i.e., tile, glass-mosaic, and even marble). That is accompanied by Hydrofloors’ enormous load capacity. Hydrofloors surpass a home’s conventional floor strength rating of 55 lb/ft when lifted.
Benedetti recently shared one of the most recent projects he completed This incredible over the top luxury inground pool exemplifies what can be achieved in the backyard with Hydrofloor movable pool floor systems.
What is also remarkable is that a Hydrofloor pool is a 100% safe pool cover that can convert into a usable patio space within minutes. This provides the versatility to create unique pool environments that are multiuse spaces. That is perhaps the most appealing aspect for pool builders.
How Do Hydrofloors Work?
A series of cables and a pulley system with a water-based hydraulic cylinder comprise much of the technology behind Hydrofloors. Locking pinsthat automatically slide in the pool shell walls help achieve an incredibly high load capacity (250 kg/m2). Buoyancy packs are installed underneath the structure, which floats the pool floor to the surface. The floor is pulled down with a cable and pulley system with water-based hydraulic cylinder to the desired depth. Water passes slowly enough so that the water percolates above the floor to quickly drain away from a small gap around the perimeter.
Separating The Fantasy of Movable Pool Floors From Reality
There have been plenty of moving pool floor system videos being shared on social media lately.Some of these time-lapse videos are incredibly entertaining to watch. Quite a few of them show pool floors that disappear within seconds. Realistically you’re looking at around 8-10 minutes for a complete transformation from patio to pool.
Let’s also set realistic expectations about market penetration on these systems. While the videos are becoming popular on social media, and homeowners might be wondering if they can have one of their own; this is still a pool feature reserved for the elite.The movable pool floor system alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; which can be pricey – even in terms of luxury inground pools.
How Much Does a Hydrofloor Pool Cost?
Each square foot of the movable floor system can cost anywhere from $300 to $550. This makes movable pool floors a unique but very expensive pool feature. Construction costs considered, a hidden pool with a Hydrofloor can cost millions, according to Alan Crownover of Paradise Pools and Garden. Crownover is a San Francisco-area pool builder, who’s designed at least one Hydrofloor pool so far. He said the starting price for similar projects would run someone about $2 million.
Crownover is working on another exciting Hydrofloor project. This one involves a private yacht that wants to land a helicopter on the roof. He is planning a dual-purpose landing pad/pool. The owner will be able to convert into a swimming pool and back again whenever guests drop in. Truly a unique project that we can’t wait to see get off the ground (no pun intended).
Luxury Pool Feature With a High Price Tag
The high cost associated with this particular pool feature puts it out of reach for all but the most affluent homeowners. Real estate agents have reported an uptick of homes with hidden pools hitting the market in recent years. However, this doesn’t indicate they’ve become more affordable yet. Most regular inground pools typically start at around $50,000. The starting price for a Hydrofloor is $230,000. This makes this a unique pool feature that you’ll still find in only a finite amount of residential homes.
Twinscape Group is definitely setting the bar in movable pool floors when it comes to finding exciting and innovative new ways to conceal a swimming pool. They are also pushing the envelope with movable benches, pool covers, and submersible walls and bridges.
Inexpensive Hidden Pool Projects
Want a hidden pool but can’t afford a Hydrofloor system? You might want to try the DIY approach. You can try and build your own. Gil Klar, an Israeli electrical engineer, spent three months and around $10,000 building his own hidden pool. One that is quite similar to the sliding dance floor shown in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Photo Credits: Twinscape Group
New Pool Products To Check Out in 2022
When it comes to new pool products, you can always rely on Pool Magazine to bring you the latest and greatest. In our roundup of this year’s hottest new pool products, we’ve assembled a list of some of the most innovative pool equipment, devices, tools, and accessories we’ve recently stumbled upon.
Finding The Best New Pool Products
Finding the best new pool products isn’t always easy. Quite often, information available on the web is a few years old before it trickles down to consumers. Here at Pool Magazine, we make it our business to attend all of the major pool trade shows. It’s a great way to learn about the latest and greatest new pool products to hit the market. We’ve put together a list of some of the best new products that we think you’ll be excited to learn more about this year.
New Pool Products To Check Out in 2022
- Aiper Seagull SE
- Anchor Industries – Cantilever Umbrella
- Aqua Bar
- AquaStar Perfect Circle Drain
- AquaStar Pipeline Filter
- Aqua Swivel Seat
- Auroom – Bathing Brands
- AutoFill 60 – Ultimate Pool Tools
- Basecrete – SKIN
- Cascade by Splinterworks
- Chlorine Genie
- Clear Comfort CCW25 AOP
- Clearwater ph PURE PH-50
- Deckorators Deck Designer
- Double 07 Skimmer
- Hayward AquaRite S3 Omni
- Hayward Tri-Star Performance XL
- Hydralux Aquamatic Cover
- Jandy TruDose
- Jandy VersaTemp Heater / Chiller
- Keystone Traverse
- Leaktronics HydroDome
- Ledge Lounger Autograph Series
- OnDeck System
- PAL Lighting Sonar Replacement LED Bulb
- Pentair Bio Shield
- Polaris Atlas XT
- Polaris Automation Control
- Polaris Vortrax Pool Cleaner
- Poly-Planar FS1 Bluetooth Speaker
- Poolside Tech Attendant
- Pro Zymes
- Raypak AVIA HD
- Regal Ideas Crystal Rail
- Roll a Cover
- Rico Rock – Waterfall Bench
- Splash Safety Lock
- Swam Cam
- Taylor Xpress Flex
- Waterco Multi Cyclone
- Wave DDS
- Water Guru Treat
- Water Tech Volt 550Li
- X Brace – Fox Pools
- ZipLevel Pro-2000
Aiper Seagull SE
In this day and age, a corded pool cleaner just seems antiquated pool product to many homeowners. Using the Aiper Seagull SE, you can avoid the dangers of tangled cords and enjoy a more relaxed time by the pool. The Seagull SE eliminates the need for cords and tangles.
The Seagull SE’s innovative design makes it possible for it to effortlessly navigate the water in your pool, making the most of its battery life and devoting its full cleaning capacity to the bottom of the pool.
When you turn on your cleaner and place it underwater, it will begin cleaning the pool immediately. After finishing a cleaning cycle or when the battery is low, the Seagull SE will park itself near the wall of your pool. Simple retrieval with no need to get wet. There’s no guesswork or hassle involved; just click to activate, then go about your day. Your pool will be sparkling when you get back. A breeze for the majority of the household to use. The Seagull SE’s handle is ergonomically designed to make lifting, carrying, and storing the device completely effortless.
aiper.com | (866) 850-0666
Anchor Industries – Capri Cantilever Umbrella
The Capri Cantilever Umbrella will take your outdoor experience to the next level. This cantilever umbrella made of teak wood can be set up in no time and will cast a wide shade over whatever area you choose to place it in. The Capri’s teak and stainless steel outdoor furniture will provide you with years of stylish relaxation. The company claims that by selecting one of four color options, customers can transform any outdoor area into an aesthetically pleasing and functional.
anchorinc.com | (812) 867-2421
The water is refreshing, the weather is pleasant, and you are living your best life, but there is one stumbling block. Getting in and out of the water all the time to refill drinks or grab snacks! You end up carrying water through the house, and the hassle begins to detract from the experience. Step into the Aqua Bar: available in three different colors and includes 8 cup holders, 12 shot glass holders, a cooler space, and a place to tether and anchor the Aqua Bar.
We don’t have to grow up just because we get older. With the Aqua Bar R/C Upgrade, you can let your inner child loose on the water! Each motor for the Aqua Bar R/C Upgrade is proudly built and hand-tested in the United States. The Aqua Bar R/C upgrade, which includes two ROV thrusters, gives you complete control over the party favors. While it comes with everything you need to plug and play, it does require some simple assembly. If you want to take your Aqua Bar and your party to the next level, the R/C Upgrade is a must-have.
theaquabar.com | 615-878-1389
AquaStar Perfect Circle Drain
One of the hottest pool products this year is the Perfect Circle Drain from AquaStar which is made specifically for concrete pools and spas. This unique drain cover has four openings, so it can be used in conjunction with a hydrostatic relief valve and/or additional pumps. AquaStar’s Perfect Circle drain has made many of the pool pro’s top product lists this year and is sure to become a mainstay in years to come.
The Perfect Circle Drain’s cutting-edge water-stop technology not only provides modern pool installers with more design freedom but also helps prevent leaks and unnecessary maintenance. The cover can now be seamlessly integrated into any pool or spa finish thanks to the product’s innovative open center design.
aquastarpoolproducts.com | (443) 823-2770
AquaStar Pipeline Filter
New to the market are Pipeline Filters from AquaStar Pool Products, Inc. They come in two sizes, the PLF27000 for pools up to 27,000 gallons, and the PLF35000 for pools up to 35,000 gallons.
Pipeline filters are advantageous because of their compact design and patented linking features, which facilitate the use of less floor space during filter installation and maintenance.
The AquaStar Pipeline Filters’ lids are removed and replaced with a patented safe-release collar instead of conventional clamps. Unique double-locking ring on Pipeline Filters mechanically compresses and decompresses the O-ring seal with two large handles. As a result, you won’t have to squeeze the tops of filter tanks or “bump the pump” to access their contents.
aquastarpoolproducts.com | (443) 823-2770
Aqua Swivel Seat
Anyone in need of aqua therapy can use the Aqua Swivel Seat to enter a hot tub without risking injury by stepping over the edge. This product can support up to 450 pounds while sitting on the edge of a hot tub and rotating through a full 360 degrees. The inner legs sit inside the hot tub, the outer legs rest on the floor, and the central section is clamped to the rim of the tub, essentially becoming an extension of the tub itself. Once the legs are in place and clamped, you can close the lid of the hot tub by simply removing the seat and letting go of the clamp.
aquaswivelseat.com | (574) 276-4852
Auroom – Bathing Brands
The furniture-quality Baia indoor sauna cabin from Auroom is head and shoulders above the competition thanks to its stunning design, comfortable contoured seating, and impeccable attention to detail. Auroom modular sauna cabins deliver a premium home sauna experience and exceptional value. AUROOM is one of the leading manufacturers of ready-made saunas in Europe, and their products can be found in over 30 countries. They manufacture high-end customized ready-made saunas.
bathingbrands.com | (800) 957-2862
AutoFill 60 – Ultimate Pool Tools
Introducing the AutoFill 60 from Ultimate Pool Tools. Ideal for Poolmiser autofills. Constructed from 1.25 x .060 x 24″ durable 304 stainless steel. There are 4 holes located in the top of the tool to insert a screwdriver to tighten or loosen the autofill valve stem easily with minimal effort. The AutoFill 60 makes it easy to install pool miser pool autofills or replace the auto fill o-rings.
ultimatepooltools.com | (858) 381-7050
Basecrete – SKIN
One of the most innovative pool products to hit the market this year is SKIN. This product enables you to have a pool with a sophisticated finish and make it waterproof for the same cost as builder-grade plaster. For use both in and out of the water. Pools, patios, walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, tiles, blocks, coping, and more can all make use of this versatile material. Guard your pool against the damaging effects of chemicals and leaks. Utilizing SKIN’s patented microplaster solution will save you both time and money, in addition to saving you labor.
skinmicroplaster.com | (949) 899-3353
CamerEye Pool Alarm
CamerEye is the ultimate camera-based pool alarm that can replace door alarms and in-pool alarms. The only pool alarm that satisfies the ASTM F2208-08 pool safety standards, is compliant with the UL 2017 standards, and is listed as a Type C “Perimeter Alarm that Senses Entry into Water.” The user-friendly system assists pool builders, inspectors, and owners in improving pool safety without compromising personal aesthetics, regulatory compliance, or budgets.
CamerEye is an artificial intelligence (AI) camera product that establishes a round-the-clock safety and security ecosystem by using AI-powered overhead cameras to spot signs of distress or near-drowning behavior. Smart Fence technology allows you to set specific boundaries for monitoring and control when the fence is active. CamerEye gives you complete visibility and control over your pool environment.
camereye.ai | (800) 906-2810
Cascade by Splinterworks
Cascade is an exciting new slide that is intended to be embedded in a sloping terrain. It’s a sculptural representation of water cascading down a rocky mountainside. This slide produces a long smooth ride down to a big splash. Snaking through the landscape, it uses the slope’s gradient to generate real momentum.
The curves of Cascade create a beautiful rise and fall all the way down to the water’s edge. Cascade’s organic feel is further enhanced by the finish, which features a copper exterior with a natural patina on a mirror-polished stainless steel body. Safety is built into these luxury water slides from the start, with a proprietary cooling system that keeps slides slippy and safe to touch even in hot weather.
Chlorine Genie is one of the new pool products that has been getting a lot of attention in 2022. Picture yourself swimming in water that has been treated to be soft, descaled, pH-balanced, and sanitized without the use of any potentially harmful chemicals, toxic additives, corrosive salt water, or dangerous irritants.
Get the Ultimate Water for your pool with the help of the Chlorine Genie. The Chlorine Genie is an independent appliance that interacts with your existing pump, filter, and heater. It’s one of the four must-have items for any swimming pool.
The electrolytic cell in the patented Chlorine Genie is immersed in salty brine softened water, which produces the chlorine your pool requires. A reverse osmosis and water descaling system are integrated into the unit to soften the water. The electrolytic cell separates the ions in salt and water to produce chlorine, sodium, hydrogen, and oxygen. Pure chlorine is produced from the chloride ions, which is then diluted with water and pumped into the pool. To adjust the pool’s pH, sodium combines with the hydrogen and oxygen in the water.
chlorinegenie.com | (800) 970-7616
Clear Comfort CCW25 AOP Spa & Swim Spa System
Clear Comfort’s AOP is now compatible with all portable spas, swim spas, and lifestyles. The CCW25 delivers the simplest way to get the best and healthiest spa and swim spa water by utilizing the power of Clear Comfort’s patented AOP. The CCW25’s is simple to integrate, use, and enjoy without the need for toxic chemical cleanup after each use. According to the company, full-flow water treatment reduces chlorine, bromine, and other toxic chemicals to safer levels than drinking water. In addition to a three-year system warranty, the CCW25 system only requires a one-minute cartridge replacement once a year.
clearcomfort.com | (303) 872-4477
Clearwater pH PURE PH-50
Pool balancing has never been easier than with the PH-50. We all know that maintaining proper pH and alkalinity is as difficult as balancing on a tightrope, but not any longer!
When you add acid or pH Minus to water, CO2 is produced. Injecting CO2 with the PH-50 lowers the pH while maintaining alkalinity. Keeping the pH balanced drastically reduces the amount of chemicals used.
The PH-50 comes standard with a single-cylinder regulator assembly. By selecting Double or Triple Regulator from the drop down box, you can increase your CO2 storage capacity by using larger cylinders or more cylinders.
clearwaterpoolsystems.com | 800-756-7946
Deckorators – Deck Designer
Deckorators has released the latest version of the Deckorators Deck Designer — a web-based and user-friendly deck design program that allows you to completely visualize your decking area. With 3D renderings that allow customization and product styling, this program makes it easier than ever to take decks beyond the ordinary. Picture framing, board angles, shapes, and multi-level options are among the design capabilities. Users can even generate a full report for each design, complete with a job materials list.
deckorators.com | (800) 556-8449
Double 07 Skimmer
Thursday Pools offers a revolutionary new Double-O7 system for cutting skimmers into fiberglass pools with a common, inexpensive hole-saw. A 6 7/8-inch circular hole cut ensures an easy installation.
The patented solution allows for the use of a rectangular weir in the skimmer assembly. The simple geometry of the hole allows even inexperienced installers to safely install the skimmer.
Additionally, builders and installers will appreciate how easily this skimmer allows for maximum skimmer height and position, and how the sleek design complements LED lights, returns, bubblers, and other round pool features. The Double-O Round Skimmer saves time and money while requiring less skill than traditional rectangular skimmer cutting.
thursdaypools.com | (877) 929-POOL
Edgemate Pool Chair
The pool edge is prime real estate; use the EdgeMate Pool Chair to monetize it while your guests relax comfortably in the water. EdgeMate In-Pool chairs, on the other hand, are a different story. Take advantage of the opportunity to expand seating capacity without expanding your hotel pool deck. EdgeMate Pool Chairs are lightweight, portable, and suitable for swimmers of all sizes. Custom cupholders are an easy way to boost food and beverage sales.
Not just poolside seating, but revenue-generating seating in the pool that improves the guest experience. They are lighter than the average purse, weighing only 4.4 pounds each (6 pounds). Furthermore, their foldable design allows you to carry the entire chair with one hand without having to clear a path, which is often the case with lounge chairs.
edgematepoolchair.com | (866) 569-0483
Hayward AquaRite S3 OMNI
Hayward Holdings, Inc. has introduced the AquaRite S3 Salt Chlorination System. While all AquaRite S3 models allow for simple user control of salt chlorination, a variable-speed pump, and a heater, the new AquaRite S3 Omni model goes a step further by integrating with Hayward’s Omni automation platform. Pool owners can use the OmniLogic mobile app, voice-enabled devices, or popular home automation systems to control the entire pool pad from anywhere.
According to the company, AquaRite S3 uses dissolved salt to produce a long-lasting supply of chlorine, resulting in softer, silkier water. With the ability to operate at low salt concentrations, AquaRite S3 provides many pool owners with the convenience of set-it-and-forget-it sanitization.
hayward-pool.com | (908) 355-7995
Hayward Tri-Star Performance XL Pump
The TriStar XL high performance pump was recently introduced by Hayward Holdings. The XL model is Hayward’s most powerful residential pump, with commercial-grade performance tailored to larger pools, feature-rich builds, and complex pool pad configurations.
According to the company, its impressive WEF efficiency rating score provides pool owners with significant savings on their annual energy bills. Among other things, the TriStar XL makes use of unions and an extra-large strainer basket to increase power and flow. Aside from its sheer size and power, the TriStar XL has a slew of versatile features that will benefit larger pool pads. The XL model features a completely enclosed fan-cooled motor, dual-voltage capability, and a chemical-resistant Viton seal — and it’s designed to work seamlessly with Hayward’s Omni automation platform.
hayward-pool.com | (908) 355-7995
Hydralux Aquamatic Cover System
HydraLux is Aquamatic Cover Systems’ most advanced pool cover system, designed and manufactured in-house. It’s a European slat-style cover with tried-and-true Aquamatic hydraulic technology.
Because the HydraLux can be cut to any converging shape, you are no longer limited in your pool design. While the cover is closed, water features such as laminares and spa overflows can operate.
The HydraLux is a one-of-a-kind automatic pool cover made of extruded rigid PVC slats.
The slat design eliminates the rope/track/leading edge bar interface found in traditional automatic pool covers, allowing automation to be provided on pools that could not previously accept an automatic pool cover. Furthermore, multiple covers can be deployed from a concealed recess in the pool floor to accommodate even the most complex pool shapes and designs.
aquamatic.com | (800) 262-4044
The Jandy® TruDose chemical controller will keep your pool water balanced even between service visits. TruDose uses advanced pH and ORP sensing technologies to constantly monitor levels as water flows through the pool’s plumbing, ensuring a clean, safe, and more comfortable swimming pool experience.
TruDose is simple to program and install, with a large LED readout that comes pre-mounted and plugs into a standard GFCI outlet.
TruDose includes an integrated flow switch to ensure that chemicals are only dosed when water is flowing through the system. TruDose stops dosing but continues to monitor pH and ORP levels once they reach their setpoints.
Between service visits, the water chemistry is kept balanced. TruDose detects pH and ORP readings as water flows through the pool’s plumbing and delivers a dose of acid to lower pH and activates the salt chlorinator to generate chlorine as needed to maintain consistent levels for perfectly balanced pool water.
There’s no need to change the chlorine output on your Jandy AquaPure® salt chlorinator because TruDose tells your chlorinator when it needs to produce chlorine and when there’s enough in the pool.
jandy.com | (800) 822-7933
Jandy / Fluidra – VersaTemp Heat/Chill Pump
The Jandy VersaTemp Heat / Chill pump with SoundShieldTM Technology ensures your pool or spa is always the perfect temperature, whether you like it hot or cold, and it operates much more quietly than traditional heat pumps (compared to previous Jandy models).
When the temperature of your pool needs to be raised, the VersaTemp can do so in a way that is both environmentally friendly and efficient.
Also, it can be used to remove heat from a pool on extremely hot days. In addition, it has two thermostats, so you can maintain the ideal temperature in both your pool and spa. The LCD control panel on the VersaTemp regulator makes it simple to adjust the temperature, and the iAquaLink® app can be used with any AquaLink pool automation system to make maintaining the pool’s temperature a breeze, no matter where you are.
Do you dislike loud noises? Heat your pool or spa while making much less noise. SoundShieldTM Technology is a specially designed acoustic blanket with a decibel dampening acoustic blanket to help muffle compressor reverberation
jandy.com | (800) 822-7933
Keystone Traverse – Nationwide Industries
Two new latch sizes are available in the Keystone Traverse product line. According to the company, both do not require drilling through the fence posts and are simple to install with four simple steps: determine right/left application, latch height, attach latch to post using flat head screws, and attach striker.
The Keystone Traverse 250 (KLTRV-250) fits a 2.5-inch fence or gate post and is ideal for ornamental fences.
The Keystone Traverse 400 (KLTRV-400) fits a 4-inch fence or gate post and is ideal for vinyl fences. The new fully adjustable Heavy-Duty CornerStone 2 Hinge (C2H350F-SD-BK) for wood and vinyl fences is part of the CornerStone product line.
nationwideindustries.com | (813) 988-2628
The HydroDome, an audio-based tool designed to isolate and detect leaks, is the newest addition to the LeakTronics Leak Detection Equipment group.
The LeakTronics HydroDome is intended to be attached to a standard pool pole in order to isolate a light, main drain, side suctions, return lines, and other components.
If a leak is present, the user will be able to hear the sound of water passing through the microphone chamber when holding the listening Dome against a light, indicating that there is a leak at the isolated area.
The HydroDome connects directly to the LT1000 Amplifier, making it an ideal complement to the Pro Complete Leak Detection Kit, the VILO Leak Detection Kit, the Pro Kit, or any of the kits that include the LT-1000 Amplifier.
leaktronics.com | 818-436-2953
Ledge Lounger Autograph Series
The Ledge Lounger Autograph collection, which debuted on March 16th, includes a large selection of new chaise lounges, chairs, headrest pillows, and side tables. The new designs are a refined reimagining of contemporary in-pool and outdoor living furniture.
The striking architectural silhouette of the Autograph chaise is the first design element you notice about this collection. This chair is ideal for tanning ledges with a depth of up to 12 inches of water. The improved raised ergonomics and increased lumbar support of the Autograph chaise allow you to relax comfortably in your outdoor environment.
The Autograph chaise loungers are designed to withstand the elements of any pool or outdoor area. This in-pool furniture is made of color-stabilized UV16 resin and can withstand up to 16,000 hours of direct sunlight without losing its luster.
The Autograph collection chairs look just as good in the water as they do on the pool deck. These versatile chairs look great in and out of the water and come in four different colors (white, sandstone, cloud, and granite grey). When combined with one of the new Autograph side tables, this set has everything you need for a resort-style experience right in your own backyard.
ledgelounger.com | 888-498-0280
Envision a glass-like silicate substance penetrating nearly every microcrack, capillary, and void in a plaster or exposed interior finish. This is what microglass brings to the table.
MicroGlass is specially formulated to fill in the tiny fissures and voids in pool plaster and aggregate finishes by turning the pliable calcium hydroxide inside them into a hard, glassy silicate substance. Plaster’s durability increases, making it less susceptible to flaking, etching, spalling, color fading, and nodules.
microglassllc.com | 941-208-0777
OnDeck Basecrete Decking System
OnDeck is the cementitious wearable membrane that achieves flexible and waterproof surfaces in swimming pool applications.
OnDeck is currently the only wearable surface waterproofing micro cement with an all-in-one system. Consequently, the OnDeck system has become a big hit in 2022 with pool contractors particularly in decking applications.
OnDeck, can be hand troweled, squeegeed, or shot on for a knock-down / cool deck finish. It is suitable for both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Based on the same cutting-edge technology as Basecrete; OnDeck is the versatile all-in’-one system for quick and easy installation of dynamic decking environments.
ondeckwaterproofing.com | (949) 899-3353
PAL Lighting Sonar Replacement LED Bulb
The PAL Sonar Replacement LED Bulb supports underwater wireless color control. This patent-protected product utilizes a low frequency wavelength, enabling the end user to control their pool light via a remote handset or app.
The 110v Standard Base Retrofit light bulb is compatible with many of the best pool light housings. This light can display everything from white to multicolor light shows.
Using patented sonar, the remote controls the bulb through the water. Installation is simple. OEM color cloning by Hayward, Jandy, and Pentair Automation Systems.
pallighting.com | 469-638-3514
Pentair’s BioShield Ultraviolet (UV) Commercial Systems are an economical option for aquatic facilities because they improve water and air quality, reduce chemical usage, and have received NSF certification.
Secondary disinfection from the BioShield UV system can help lower total chloramine levels, which in turn can boost indoor air quality in aquatic centers.
pentair.com | (800) 831-7133
The Pipepoxy Pipe Repair System is ideal for repairing pipes in swimming pools, spas, fountains, ponds, and other water features without the need for cutting or digging.
The three-part system utilizes a fast cure system that enables you to quickly re-coat the entire pipeline or to patch a small leak.
Saving both time and money, a skilled plumber can use Pipepoxy to repair a pipe in about an hour, with drying time of about four hours. One thing we love, the Pipepoxy Kit includes not only the tools necessary to repair the pipe without digging, but also access to online Pipepoxy Application Training.
pipepoxy.com | (818) 436-2953
Polaris Atlas XT
The Polaris ATLAS XT is a new suction-side cleaner from Fluidra. The ATLAS XT cleaner, is equipped with HALO technology for effective debris removal.
It can clean continuously without being interrupted by anything larger than a leaf, as the leaves are collected and sucked directly into the filtration system. This unit is built to last while consuming as little energy as possible.
The product’s powerful turbines allow for exceptional wall climbing on all pool surfaces, and its multidirectional navigation yields enhanced movement patterns that alternate direction. The ATLAS XT, with its innovative regulator valve that automatically controls excess water flow. When it comes to suction side cleaners, the Polaris ATLAS XT stands head and shoulders above many competitors.
fluidrausa.com | (800) 822-7933
Polaris Automation Control
The Polaris PAC Pool Automation Control is the first and only automation system made specifically for above ground pools, bringing a new level of convenience and fun to the pool ownership experience. As with the rest of Polaris’s above ground pool equipment, the pump and three ancillary items like a sanitizer system, lights, and a pool heater are designed for easy installation with a plug-and-play setup. In addition, iAquaLink can be used with the system for remote control at any time.
fluidrausa.com | (800) 822-7933
Polaris Vortrax Pool Cleaners
One of the strongest offerings in the commercial sector this year. Polaris is expanding beyond the home market with the release of its first commercial robotic cleaning products. Polaris’s VORTRAX 30iQ and VORTRAX 25iQ robotic pool cleaners are constructed to last through heavy use at hotels, motels, apartment complexes, and condos, among other light commercial settings. These commercial robotic cleaners are built to withstand heavy use in industrial settings, making them both highly effective and versatile.
fluidrausa.com | (800) 822-7933
Poly-Planar FS1 Floating Bluetooth Speaker
Introducing the FS1 Floating Bluetooth Speaker by Poly-Planar. Waterproof, loud 50 watt speaker, and holds a change for up to 6 hours at medium volume. The FS1 was a big hit at the International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Las Vegas. With a big easy-to-use control pad, it’s easy to adjust the volume and skip back and forth between tracks on your playlist. Sync up multiple FS1’s for immersive sound in your swimming pool. The durable design of the speaker makes it ideal to bring to the river or the beach.
polyplanar.com | 843-936-4080
Poolside Tech – The Attendant
Poolside Tech’s Attendant is a cloud-based automation system that actively monitors and maintains all equipment on the pad. It makes operational decisions, improves water quality, and sends real-time alerts when equipment fails.
The Attendant is a third-party platform agnostic automation system that is fully Big-3 compatible and designed to efficiently regulate your pool’s total energy consumption. The Attendant can control and monitor equipment from existing manufacturers such as pumps, heaters, and actuators, as well as lighting and salt cells.
The Attendant’s patented technology integrates with pool equipment already on the pad and provides alerts when filters are clogged, pipes are obstructed, pumps are broken, water levels are low, valves are broken, and salt cells aren’t working. When things malfunction system can dispatch a professional pool contractor automatically in to perform necessary repairs. The Attendant works with any pool equipment in any configuration. It’s one of the best-in-class pool products consumers and contractors alike are gravitating to in 2022.
poolside.tech | 267-810-0600
The new and improved ProZymes Pool from Pro Series is a concentrated, naturally based enzyme formula designed to help pool professionals quickly reduce the buildup of non-living organic contamination. According to the company, sunscreens, body oils, lotions, cosmetics, and other non-living contaminants contribute to problematic symptoms such as scum lines, short cycling filters, unpleasant odors, poor water clarity, and peak load cloudiness.
ProZymes Pool reduces non-living organic contamination in pool water to keep it clear. This product works with all sanitizing systems. There are 1-gallon and 5-gallon sizes available.
proseriespool.com | (800) 753-1233
Raypak Avia HD Pool Heater
With the help of Raypak’s new AVIA HD models, which use NiTek, the company’s exclusive, industry-first technology, you no longer have to choose between durability and efficiency. NiTek Heat Exchanger Technology is Raypak’s newest way to make sure that residential pool heating is powerful and as efficient as possible. With 900% more nickel than cupronickel in critical surfaces, NiTek makes an ideal surface to protect against scale formation and erosion without affecting AVIA’s 84% thermal efficiency.
raypak.com | (805) 278-5300
Regal Ideas Crystal Rail
The amazing clarity of Regal Ideas White “No-Iron” Tempered Glass panels make this product an obvious choice for homeowners who want a clear, unobstructed view.
The 10mm CrystalRail tempered glass panels are 98% free of iron, which makes them the clearest glass you’ve ever seen. Perhaps what is most exciting abought this product is the LED illumination bases that light up the panels in dramatic fashion to produce a sleek and contemporary look and feel.
The system includes mounting brackets for glass features and pre-installed LEDs to illuminate the glass panels at night. CrystalRail comes with a remote control. 10mm No-Iron Tempered Glass panels are stronger, safer, and clearer than anything you’ve ever seen. Up to 40 glass mounts can be run by each control pack (20 sections of glass). Meets the requirements of the U.S. and Canadian codes. The UL and CSA have approved the LED lighting in the CrystalRail It’s easy to set up because you don’t have to splice wires or hard wire it. Simply PLUG-AND-PLAY.
regalideas.com | 800-819-4344
Roll a Cover
Homeowners can extend the life of their swimming pool investment with a Roll-A-Cover retractable pool enclosure. The enclosure can be opened and closed manually or automatically. According to the company, retractable enclosures maximize natural ventilation when opened while utilizing the greenhouse effect when the enclosure must be closed. Retractable designs can transform a space into an all-season, all-weather destination, and are built to withstand snow and wind loads across the country.
rollacover.com | (203) 393-7292
Rico Rock – Waterfall Bench
For quick and simple installation in both new and existing pools, Rico Rock has introduced a new 4-foot quarry block-style waterfall bench. This waterfall kit, made of cast concrete, is made to order to fulfill the growing demand for modern waterfall installations in swimming pools. The 4-foot Quarry Block Bench can comfortably seat two small children or one large adult. The textured stone cap prevents sunbathers from sliding off the bench, and the 24-inch weir creates a beautiful waterfall effect. It has a cavity under the cap that can be lit up.
ricorock.com | (888) 717-3100
Splash Safety Lock
The Safety Spa Lock eliminates the need for cables, eyebolts, and safety straps, leaving the spa area clean and free of trip hazards. The hot tub is secured by a patented, keyed locking cam and steel cable, and the patented base plate is smooth and self-draining. This product is available for inground as well as portable spas.
SwamCam is an AI-powered pool alarm that uses motion sensors to detect and alert whenever a child approaches the pool area. When motion is detected, the system camera sends the data to the cloud, where AI analysis happens. The app receives a notification, and the wireless alarm and camera both sound off. The system’s many features include a sophisticated algorithm for detecting children, the ability to automatically re-arm in the event that you forget to do so, a keypad for arming and disarming the system, a piercing wireless siren to alert you of any potential danger, a simple and quick installation process, and much more.
theswamcam.com | (888) 679-2622
Taylor Xpress Flex
Taylor Technologies, Inc.’s Xpress Flex is the next generation of in-store water testing. Xpress Flex is a new in-store testing solution that combines speed, accuracy, and affordability into one testing platform. It is built with advanced lighting and imaging technology to provide consistent, accurate results. According to the company, Xpress Flex tests up to 11 parameters in less than one minute for less than a dollar per test. Now available and ready to ship.
taylorxpressflex.com | 1(800) TEST-KIT
The VacDaddy is a lightweight commercial vacuum with no batteries that requires no assembly or disassembly. Simply connect and use. This portable pool vacuum is compatible with any pole and vacuum head. The VacDaddy, which weighs only ten pounds, is designed to produce over 50 gpm of suction and has an easy-to-clean filter bag. Pools are cleaned in less time, saving both time and money.
thevacdaddy.com | (888) 536-8186
Waterco Multi Cyclone
Waterco’s MultiCyclone 16 is a first-stage filtration device that captures up to 80% of the incoming dirt load prior to the main filter, reducing filter maintenance and saving backwash water while also improving water circulation. Installing a MultiCyclone before your filter can reduce backwash frequency, saving up to 1,800 gallons of water per year for an average residential sized swimming pool.
waterco.com | 706-793-7291
The mission of WAVE Drowning Detection Systems is to stop people from drowning. The company is changing the way lifeguards do their jobs by giving them tools that make their roles much more engaging and make sure they step in long before someone drowns.
The WAVE Drowning Detection System works in all kinds of water, like indoor or outdoor pools, waterparks, lakes, bays, rivers, and more. The company says that it is not affected by the color of the water, its temperature, bubbles, currents, chemicals, minerals, plants, or marine life. This product can tell when a swimmer might be in danger and sends an alert to aquatics teams right away so they can help if they need to. All of the parts are made to work well in all kinds of weather for years, and the system can be moved, set up permanently, or used only during certain times of the year. Designed to be used in small to medium facilities.
wavedds.com | (203) 429-4636
Water Guru – Treat
TREAT, an Al-powered solution to simplify pool care, has been introduced by WaterGuru. TREAT, which is compatible with all chlorine types and salt water pools, works to measure and track real-time pool chemistry, dispense chemicals as needed, and continuously balance pH and chlorine — all with minimal effort from the pool owner, according to the company.
For $795, this pool system dispenses the smallest amount of chemicals required, allowing owners to enjoy water that is gentle on the eyes, skin, and hair — and better for the environment.
waterguru.com | (844) 989-4878
Water Tech Volt 550 Li
Water Tech is pleased to announce the availability of the Volt 550Li, a cordless, rechargeable, residential pool robot loaded with cutting-edge features. The Volt 550Li robot offers two modes for maintaining a cleaning cycle of up to four hours or every day for up to thirty minutes. Daily and weekly cleaning cycles that can be scheduled. High-capacity filter bags capture large and small debris, including sand, silk, and dirt, to keep pools as clean as possible. Filters 7,200 gallons of water per hour. Includes a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and a limited three-year warranty.
watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
X Brace – Fox Pools
Fox Pools now provides pool builders with the patented X-Brace Technology, which provides complete support for the pool walls and pool deck regardless of internal or external pressures. The X-Brace structure is attached to the Fox pool panels with corrosion-resistant, heavy-duty bolts. The X-Brace employs a simple system of steel rods and “S” hooks to anchor the X-Brace and wall panel to the ground, allowing the pool to be backfilled with or without water.
foxpool.com | 800-723-1011
Ideal for pool industry professionals in the construction trade, the ZipLevel Pro-2000 is a professional altimeter that makes leveling the pool area easier than ever before.
Replaces rotary lasers for faster, easier, and more accurate measurements. Can be used by one person and can be set up or taken down in seconds.
Level and elevation data can be read digitally for up to a year on a single 9V battery, bypassing the need for calculations, line-of-sight, distance error, or factory calibration. With the help of the in-built carry function, you can perform infinite differential leveling in a radius of up to 150 feet and within a vertical range of up to 40 feet (4 feet in HP).
ziplevel.com | 760-480-4740
Which New Products Are You Excited About?
When it comes to choosing the best pool equipment, products, and accessories we strive to bring you the very best; however, there are always new products hitting the market. Attending trade shows is a great way to learn about the latest and most innovative pool products. So far at this year’s International Pool Spa Patio Expo, quite a few of the products mentioned in this article made “Best New Product” or “Best-In-Show”.
- Best New Product – Equipment Pad: Raypak – NiTek
- Best New Product – Service Industry: Clearwater Systems pH50
- Best New Product – Pool Construction: CamerEye
- Best in Show – Equipment Pad: Poolside Tech – The Attendant
- Best in Show – Outdoor Living: Regal Ideas CrystalRail
- Best in Show – Pool Construction: ZipLevel Pro-2000
- Best in Show – Spa Related: CCW25 AOP
Know of a new pool product that just came out? Let us know in the comments. Have a new product of your own that you think the pool industry ought to know more about? Email us the information or press release about your pool product.
Featured Photo Credit: Aiper
One on One With Elite Pool Designer – Danny Wang
When it comes to the world of pool and outdoor living design, there are few who have come close to the success and recognition that Danny Wang has achieved. Based in Orange County, CA, his firm DW Design & Build has established a reputation as one of the leading design firms. Racking up award after award for his over-the-top luxury pool and backyard designs, Wang’s ability to help homeowners conceptualize their ideal outdoor living environment is unprecedented.
With an uncanny ability to envision complete outdoor living design concepts on-the-fly, Danny Wang is almost a household name in the pool design world. He seems to possess a rare ability that gives him near-instant insight to look at a home and see the potential for a complete redesign in his head before ever putting pen to paper.
“I’m not freestyling it but it’s almost like when I go walking into someone’s backyard an image of a project literally pops up in my head and I see it,” said Wang, “I don’t know how else to describe it. Usually, by the time I’ve walked through the yard and talked to the homeowner, the designs are done within 5 to 15 minutes.”
“It’s probably based on all my experience. You build so many pools, that you kind of know what goes where and what can and can’t go on in the design,” said Wang.
“Lately, when I’m approached for a design the homeowner just lets me do my thing,” said Wang, who admits he’s looking to work with clients who allow him free reign to create them an over-the-top design for their backyard. “That’s kind of how we screen our clients to know if they’re going to be very involved in the process. I mean, that’s okay, but more and more what we like are folks who know they are hiring me to build them an award-winning pool and know that I’ll get it done right,” he explained.
“I don’t think every designer could say that confidently. We’re building a very complex pool, so there are only a few people that can execute at that level. This is why a lot of times we build our own projects,” said Wang.
“Of course, it’s not my house, so what we have to do is still take into account what they want and need. We take those elements from discovery and incorporate those into a design around that,” said Wang.
Wang says he draws inspiration from what other folks like Paul McClean are doing in the field of architecture. “I think pushing that boundary is important, seeing what’s possible both technologically and artistically. What have people not seen before? I think that part really motivates me to be creative and innovative in the design and build aspect. That, makes it more fulfilling and kind of drives me,” said Wang.
“I get a lot of inspiration from just looking at different places. I would look up resorts in Bali, Mexico, and other various parts of the world and try to understand their different design language,” explained Wang, “looking at things globally and saying ‘well what are these people doing in different parts of the world?’ and then taking inspiration from that and combining elments into what we’re designing for our clients.”
Things didn’t always come so easy for Wang, who let us know that the moment he started to become known, he made a typical mistake many design firms make. “I think in 2017, at that time, I had a lot of business. I made a mistake, as a lot of people do, and took on way more than I could chew. I think at that time, I had about 50 projects backlogged, and I was doing about 30 projects at once. It was brutal, and we were losing money left and right,” said Wang.
In order to regain some sanity, Wang said that he was forced to take a break to complete the projects he had in backlog. “I couldn’t build for like two years because we just had so many in backlog,” explained Wang, “I did have time to do design, so what I ended up doing was I was doing my projects during the day, and at night, I would go home and design for other people.”
“That was roughly the same time that I started doing social media. People see would see our designs on social media and it just kind of took off from there,” said Wang.
Wang’s visionary designs are clearly not only appreciated by the pool industry but by the general public as well. Having amassed an enormous social media following, he has plans to leverage his brand in new and exciting ways.
“Our content is entertaining and also educating people. There’s a lot of stuff we can learn now through social media, where we have a worldwide audience. I didn’t know that there were so many different types of building techniques and different elements used throughout the rest of the world. So that’s really eye-opening, and I learned a lot. I also see other people learning a lot from the content that I’m producing and that’s very interesting to me,” said Wang.
Often eager to show off the latest design trends, we asked Wang what’s trending with his social media audience. “I think bigger and crazier water features. We’re using a lot more lighting versus just the traditional on-and-off people are used to. We’re doing smart lighting where we can control the water feature lighting and that creates a whole new element of the design. DMX lighting where the water features change color with the music. LED’s can have patterns and the pool almost becomes like a musical stage.”
By the millions of likes and shares his content is getting, it’s clear that folks are excited about what Wang is doing in the backyard. “You just don’t see these types of things happening in your ordinary backyard,” said Wang.
It’s clear Wang’s portfolio of over-the-top luxury resort-style swimming pools continues to grow almost as quickly as his social media following. Wang said he has every intention of turning the brand into a household name. “We’re kind of getting into product development. Right now we’re talking with tile and fire pit manufacturers. We’re also going to start developing our own indoor and outdoor product lines. So lots of exciting things going on,” said Wang.
Listen to our entire conversation with elite pool designer Danny Wang on the Pool Magazine podcast.
Basecrete Launches OnDeck Wearable Waterproofing System
OnDeck waterproofing system promises to be a real game changer for pool contractors.
When it comes to the waterproofing of residential and commercial pool vessels, Basecrete Technologies has long been a leader in waterproof bondcoatings for the pool and spa industry. Recently, Pool Magazine had the opportunity to catch up with Vito Mariano and Christopher Gates to discuss the newest innovation to hit the pool trade, OnDeck, a new system they claim will revolutionize waterproofing.
The OnDeck Difference
“The actual application process is super simple. It can go horizontal and vertical and can be textured as the installer sees fit. Heavy and light textures can be rolled on, shot on, or troweled on but it’s based on the same science as Basecrete,” said Gates, who will be managing the OnDeck product.
One of the primary reasons the new system is predicted to be a surefire hit with pool contractors is due to its versatility, which Gates says will be a game-changer. “You can take a new project and marry it to an old project. Our material allows you to build up an old existing deck that’s chipped and broken. You can clean it out and build up to two-inch lifts using the material to build that up so that it’s seamlessly the same elevation as the new concrete. Then you coat the whole thing with OnDeck and it all is just beautiful and elegant. That all happens out of one bag and bucket of polymer.,” explained Gates.
Versatility and Customization
OnDeck is sure to appeal to contractors who have experienced frustration with other products in the past said Gates. As an industry veteran, he knows those frustrations first-hand, “you have to buy a bag of this for horizontal, and a bag of that for vertical, and a bag of that for waterproofing. Ours is just real simple,” explained Gates.
Color options and customization are a big factor when it comes to decking materials. OnDeck promises to alleviate many of those concerns as well. “The last coating is a pigmented stain and sealer which comes in seven different colors. We operate in a light base and a dark base so you can tint a custom color,” said Gates, “if you have a big project, say you were doing a stadium, for example, and you wanted to have the colors of the team, you can get your own color mixed with a lighter or darker base.”
A Cost Effective Waterproofing System
The OnDeck system is all the brain-child of Vito Mariano who has a history of producing award-winning products of this nature. His strategy for propelling the system into the market is to win contractors with a better product they can have at a smarter price point than what they’ve already been accustomed to using.
“Price per square foot is number one,” said Mariano, “OnDeck is not expensive and it’s a fast waterproofing decking system at the same time. Now you get all these new benefits that the industry isn’t used to; instead of just your typical low-end cementitious spray, roll on, epoxy or latex-based material. We’re staying focused on simplicity, our waterproofing capability, and price. That’s very important out there.”
Bringing OnDeck To The Industry
Mariano is confident in having an industry professional like Gates to help drive the product in the market. “I’ve been producing OnDeck for a long time. The formula goes back many years,” said Mariano, “and I’ve used it again and again for my own applications. I never really had the time to pursue it because I was busy with other products. We think Christopher will be ideal for us. He’s got an edge because he knows the industry and he gets it. “
The success of Basecrete has industry insiders eager to demo the OnDeck system. “I had a phone call from a gentleman I did a contract with a while back who wanted to thank me. He told me ‘Where has this product been? I’ve used everything out there in the last 35 years. I’ve never seen anything this good before.’ He now has 60 driveways totally converted to the OnDeck system and will be doing our training,” said Mariano.
Mariano expects many brand ambassadors to come forth and champion the product in the coming months. “We’ve got folks like Jose Garcia from Barefoot Pools in Arizona, chomping at the bit to get this product. He does phenomenal Basecrete applications on hundreds of pools. Those are the kind of companies and applicators that we’re going to go for,” said Mariano.
Gates, who has a long history in the pool industry, previously with California Pools and San Juan Pools; says the timing is ripe for a product of this nature.
“On pool and deck projects many years ago we started doing polymer overlays and acrylic top coats. Every one of them kind of marched to the beat of their own drummer, and you had to figure each system out. You’d try to stick with one that you could use if you knew the idiosyncrasies of a given system,” explained Gates, “when Vito started telling me that it’s the same bag to make the material that goes on the flat deck, that goes up the walls, that waterproofs the corners; it’s just different mixing styles – that’s got me excited. That coupled with this fellow he’s talking about who will doing all the training for our team members that are coming on board makes it a no-brainer,” explained Gates.
Listen to our entire conversation and learn more about the OnDeck system on the Pool Magazine podcast.
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