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Outdoor Pools

Luxury, quality & longevity

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It is crucial to take a geological survey, we include this within the cost of the project. This is extremely important, especially on a pool of your size/length, any difference in ground composition from one end to the other could be disastrous. These aspects are often overlooked, however, the problems can manifest as much as 10 years down the line.

  • All filtration pipework is 16bar rated. A swimming pool is usually running at around 1.5bar, however, 16 bar fittings and pipework last substantially longer than the cheaper alternatives. You should be really getting a 25 year + service life as an absolute minimum out of the above-ground part of the filtration. There are plenty of cheap 16 bar brands also so ensure they are specifying a quality filtration system.
  • Check the slats are not the cheap hollow plastic-type sometimes known as ‘solar’ slats, they provide very little heat retention and are very low quality.
  • Check the cover is man safe/safety rated, this will prove a good long-term investment if nothing else as they are much higher quality than the cheaper counterparts.
  • SPATA members
  • Check the freeboard, it’s very common to find installations even today installing pools with an unsightly 6inch or so freeboard. I would insist on an overflow technology, not only does this look endlessly more aesthetically pleasing, but they also eliminate the ‘scum/tide lines’ in a pool and aid the filtration quality significantly. approx 70% of bacteria in a pool will be in the surface water.
  • Thinking longer-term.. check how many dedicated service staff are on the payroll they should have at least 3 to handle a busy summer season. We now as of 5 years ago only work on pools we have built from new and/or maintain under contract, we are overwhelmed every year with service requests from clients that cannot get a company out for 2,3 or even 4 weeks that we have to unfortunately turn away to focus on our core client base.
  • Ensure you are being provided with slip-rated/tested coping stones for safety reasons. Also, we highly recommend overlip design.
  • Check on the curing times allowed for the shell, always overlooked and crucial for maximum strength and longevity.
  • No shotcrete shells.

Our Shells - No shotcrete shells

We engineer our shells, they are structural & cast from a specialist prescribed mix designed by our technical team here at Mermaid and in collaboration with our trade partners and technical specialists at Hansons concrete and Sika. We do not use “cheap and cheerful’ shotcrete spray jobs carried out by contract teams. The quality is often very poor as is the strength and integrity in domestic shotcrete jobs as there are no regulations and very little quality control in domestic work, leaving the client at the mercy of the team that turns up on the day.

  • On a well regulated shotcrete spray job the concrete will reach on average a strength of 4500psi @ day 28… In our experience domestic applications are very often lower than this.
  • In contrast our shells are reaching on average and incredibly consistently 60MPA or approximately 9000 PSI of compressive strength when crush tested in the lab. This level of quality and strength can only be achieved using prescribed cast concrete. This method of construction is used in civil engineering, for example bridges, towers etc..
  • All our shells are backed by full structural engineers calculations.
  • A well built concrete shell should last almost indefinitely when correctly constructed.

What We Offer

We offer initial guidance, design, complete installation / refurbishment through to ongoing service and aftercare

Manufactured to a high commercial specification, and welded to your pool by our team, with 3D tactile-feeling reinforced stone effects. Mosaic and Large Format Tiling on new build reinforced concrete pools

Our specialist in house technicians, repair, replace, & install air source swimming pool heaters. Full details available on request.

We offer expertise in Aquavia Spas, Caldera Saps, free standing sauna, Please contact us for further details

A full and extensive range of pool and hot tub enclosures, upgrading your pool to an all year-round experience.

Manufacturer approved and trained for warranty, installation & repair: Aquamatic, Coverstar, Coverx & Poollock

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Mermaid Leisure Ltd, Oaklands Farm, Bodiam Rd, Sandhurst, TN18 5LE

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