Safety is a crucial factor in the design and construction of pools and spas, especially in areas where water is present. That is why non-slip linings have become an increasingly popular option in the construction field.
In this article we will thoroughly explore non-slip linings for pools and spas. We will also analyze its advantages and properties, application areas, maintenance and aesthetic considerations.
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- What are non-slip floors for swimming pools?
- Advantages of choosing a non-slip exterior tiling for your pool
- Areas of application of non-slip coatings for swimming pools
- Aesthetic result of a non-slip pool floor
- Maintenance of non-slip pool liner
- Conclusion: When to apply a non-slip floor in a swimming pool or wellness area?
What are non-slip floors for swimming pools?
Before we delve into the details, it’s important to understand what exactly non-slip pool and spa flooring is.
These liners are specifically designed to ensure greater grip and prevent dangerous slipping on wet surfaces and damp areas. This does not mean that it is an aggressive material for the skin, since there are currently pool liners with non-slip properties that are soft to the touch, with surfaces with homogeneous and uniform relief. It all depends on the degree of roughness chosen for the area in which it is going to be placed.
The ideal is for the company that designs your pool or spa to consider from the beginning, in the design phase of the project, which areas will include non-slip flooring. It is essential to have specialists in water architecture who can advise you on what types of non-slip coatings there are, what qualities exist, what roughness they recommend, etc.
There is no doubt that choosing a non-slip floor for an area of your project will require an initial investment, but, in the long run, it is an essential solution to guarantee the safety of those who enjoy these aquatic spaces, whether it is a hammam, a swimming pool interior or a thermal circuit.
Advantages of choosing a non-slip exterior tiling for your pool
The main advantage of opting for a non-slip tiling for swimming pools is the improvement in safety. These floors minimize the risk of falls, which is crucial in aquatic environments. And we are not just talking about the pool itself, but also about areas with humid environments such as a hammam, the edge of a pool or spa, relaxation corners, the spaces between different areas of a wellness area, etc.
Exceptional properties of the non-slip outer coating
The non-slip outer coating offers a series of very characteristic and beneficial properties unknown to many people. These properties are essential to ensure safety and durability in pools and spas:
- Resistance to chemicals: Pool water and the chemicals used in its maintenance can be corrosive. A non-slip coating resistant to chemicals, acids, bases and solvents is essential to maintain the integrity of the surface.
- Low porosity: The low porosity of the coating prevents the proliferation of microorganisms, bacteria and mold, contributing to a more hygienic environment in humid areas.
- Wear Resistance: Resistance to constant wear and tear caused by water and continued use is essential to maintaining the appearance and functionality of the coating over time. The non-slip exterior pool coating, when it is of quality, does not lose its color. This ensures a longer life for your pool or spa.
- Durability: Non-slip pool floors are resistant to UV rays, humidity, heat, and high and low temperatures. Therefore, they offer great durability and resistance to stains, scratches and abrasion. For this reason, it is essential to be well advised when choosing the material, since not all anti-slip products offer the same durability.
- Format: Non-slip pool floors are available in large format pieces. By thus reducing the number of joints, you will guarantee greater hygiene.
Regular maintenance is simplified with these liners. They are easier to clean and require fewer chemicals, saving time and money in the long run.
If you are interested in knowing in detail how to care for the non-slip floor of your pool, we will tell you about it later in the maintenance section.
These liners offer a wide variety of colors, tones, roughness and textures, allowing you to customize the appearance of your pool or spa according to your stylistic preferences or those of your project.
We recommend that you consult well with your pool designer to know in advance all the available options and their differences.
Areas of application of non-slip coatings for swimming pools
Non-slip coatings are versatile and can be used in different areas. For example, it is increasingly common to see them in bathrooms and showers, but, in a Water Architecture project, in which areas is it ideal to place them?
Below we give you some guidelines, although you must consider that everything will depend, not only on the aesthetic plan but on the functionality of the project. A hydrotherapy circuit at a resort will not be the same as a private hammam and a spa that children have access to. You must consider multiple factors and, we insist, be well advised.
In general terms, however, the main areas for laying non-slip floors are:
Non-slip floors for swimming pools
These liners are ideal for the surrounding area of the pool, where humidity and the presence of water is constant. They provide a safe surface to walk on and enjoy the aquatic space.
We could place this flooring in the pool basin, its edge, the surrounding terrace, the shower floors, connecting stairs between water areas, etc.
Non-slip floors for wellness areas
In spa and wellness areas, where exposure to water is common and humidity is high, non-slip floors are essential to ensure the safety of users. In addition, they contribute to the relaxing and luxurious atmosphere of these spaces.
It is ideal, therefore, to choose a non-slip coating to place it on the edge of a spa, in a hammam, on the seats of a sauna, in common spaces within the spa circuit, in the shower next to the sauna, at the exit from the cold water pool, etc.
Keep in mind that each area may have floors of different roughness, depending on the use, thus guaranteeing that the user is comfortable and the material is soft in contact with the skin.
Aesthetic result of a non-slip pool floor
Aesthetics are often a key consideration in pool and spa design.
The good news is that non-slip floors do not compromise the visual aspect of your project.
Instead, they offer a wide range of design options that can enhance the beauty of your aquatic space. For example, by combining different materials such as natural wood, a non-slip flooring of an appropriate tone and texture, and a natural stone, very beautiful and harmonious results can be achieved, while providing high safety to users.
Therefore, the aesthetic aspect of non-slip pool flooring should not be underestimated since there is currently a wide range of flooring on the market. You just have to know how to choose correctly.
Maintenance of non-slip pool liner
Regarding the maintenance of the non-slip pool coating, it is essential to keep in mind that, once the installation is complete, a final cleaning of the work is carried out, using specific products.
However, from then on, daily care can be carried out simply, in both dry and humid conditions. In fact, as we mentioned before, one of the most notable properties of non-slip pool flooring is that it hardly requires maintenance. Its care is very simple and requires very little time and few specific products.
In general, we can say that for regular maintenance, the use of a slightly acidic detergent, diluted to 3%, is recommended. For application, a brush with nylon bristles or white polyester cleaning discs is recommended.
For surfaces that require more intensive maintenance, such as those in pool and outdoor areas, it is recommended to apply the cleaning product undiluted in water. It is important, in this case, to allow the detergent to act on the surface for a few minutes and then proceed to scrub with the nylon bristle brush or non-abrasive polyester discs. Finally, after completing cleaning the floor, you should rinse with clean water to remove any detergent residue. You can also opt for a cotton mop if you prefer a complete cleaning without the risk of damaging the surface.
Proper maintenance ensures the longevity and optimal appearance of your non-slip pool liner, ensuring that you can enjoy a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment for a long time.
Conclusion: When to apply a non-slip floor in a swimming pool or wellness area?
In short, non-slip coatings for pools and spas are a smart choice to improve the safety and aesthetics of these spaces. If you are designing or building a pool or spa, especially in areas prone to moisture, non-slip flooring is an investment worth considering. They guarantee a safe and attractive environment for those who enjoy it.
In the world of pool and spa construction, safety and aesthetics can coexist, and non-slip liners are the perfect solution as they will help you achieve both goals.
Furthermore, by opting for non-slip floors for your project, you will most likely improve the user experience of these facilities, who will feel safe and will be able to enjoy the pool or wellness area in calm and complete tranquility.
If you need specific advice on the choice and application of non-slip coatings in your Water Architecture project, do not hesitate to consult with the GodoPools technical team. We will be happy to provide you with a personalized advisory service.