Recycled Glass Around The Pool
Are you closing the pool for the fall and winter
seasons or are you enjoying a few more weeks of comfortable
swimming weather? Let me give you some ideas for incorporating
recycled glass into your swimming experience now and in the
seasons to come.
Recycled glass could be used in the construction
of your new pool or used in the sand filter. You might see it
available as landscaping gravel for around the pool. All these
uses will bring significant advantages in the durability, performance
and appearance of your pool installation and set-up.
Recycled glass the size of small pebbles can
be coated with a special color coating that adheres to the glass
like a second skin. It will not fade or flake off the glass
surface. Colored pebbles or aggregate along with small white
pebbles are mixed with cement and applied to the sides and bottom
of in-ground pools. These beautiful pool designs can be found
in resorts, Las Vegas hotels and many private outdoor pools.
The colored pebbles give the pool its distinctive color and
charm but the chlorine in pool water is especially hard on the
colored coated aggregate used in this pool finish. In Australia,
the introduction of colored glass as a replacement for the colored
quartz traditionally used in these applications is demonstrating
that the color coated glass is a superior material for Pebble-Crete
As the colored glass experiences wear due to
foot traffic or exposure to chlorine and other chemicals, some
of the coating may wear off but instead of exposing a non-colored
aggregate base, the glass acts like a window and the color coating
on the backside of the pebble becomes visible. The result is
no loss of color on the pool sides or bottom, just a little
sparkle when the light is reflected through the glass. Keep
your eye on these Pebble-Crete pools that use recycled glass,
the sparkle you see is the magic of the glass shining through.
Does water splash over the sides of the pool
and you could use an attractive buffer strip to absorb the water
without mud migration or moss growth? Sun Stone (tumbled glass
aggregate about ¼” in size) provides the ideal
material. The water goes right through the stone and the sparkle
adds an attractive landscaping detail to your pool side landscaping.
It won’t break down with time and it keeps its sparking
appearance through all types of weather.
Another place you may find the recycled glass
is in the pool filter. Pool sand traps contaminants and filters
the water to keep your pool clean and bright. As the sand breaks
down over time, the pump has to work harder and the time between
back flushes decreases. Introducing – recycled amorphous
silica (RAS) – also known as recycled glass sand. The
properties of glass keep it from breaking down over time and
the water goes through the media ten times faster and easier
than regular sand. In Lubbock, Texas, a side-by-side analysis
was performed using recycled amorphous silica (RAS) and silica
sand in two pool filters. The silica sand filter required 40
psi pressure but the RAS only required 4 psi to do the same
work. What a savings in energy and wear and tear on the pump!
Pulverized glass has been available on the
island of Maui, Hawaii for close to 15 years now and almost
all the pools and gold-fish pond filters use RAS to provide
maintenance free, long lasting and optimum water filtration
performance. In fact, since RAS works much better than silica
sand, the need to replace the media is measured in 10 or 20
year increments and the consumption of chlorine or other chemicals
to achieve the needed water purity goes down. What a savings!
Why can’t you find the RAS in your neighborhood
pool supply store? The distributors of pool supplies realize
that RAS works so well that it will become a one-time sale for
sand filter media and the amount of pool chemicals they sell
will decrease. The supply of RAS will depend on the consumers
Whether the recycled glass is in the pool construction
to give the pool its color and unique design; around the pool
to keep the feet clean and the yard beautiful; or in the pool
filter to keep the water clean and bright, it can be pulverized,
cleaned, sized and coated to provide valuable products that
produce long term performance and low maintenance costs. Look
for the recycled glass in and around your pool.