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After the Travertine Tile Cleaning, our services includes polishing and sealing of the floor.

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After the Marble Tile Cleaning, our services includes polishing and sealing of the floor.

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After the Mexican Paver Cleaning, our services includes low natural gloss or high gloss polishing and sealing of the floor.

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Restoration of Tile, Stone, Concrete, Carpet Floors for Coachella, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and for the rest of the Coachella Valley.

Brilliant Floors Restored is a professional stone cleaning and restoration company that specializes in services ranging from performing routine maintenance on stone floors and granite counter tops to solving complex tile, grout and stone problems. Our Partners combined have been in the floor restoration business for over forty years and with our knowledge we can help you to preserve and maintain your investment of lasting beauty in natural stone.

SWIMMING POOL DESIGN 
 

Swimming Pool

DESIGNING POOL and SURROUNDINGS

POOL DESIGN:

    The design of the pool is influenced by a number of items:

  1. The Land in which you wish to construct the pool, EG:, on a large property you can locate the pool well away from the house as a separate identity, while in a small property you will need to relate the pool more to the house as it may have to be close or adjoining the house structure.

    Also if the pool is set out in the yard a freeform style design possibly with a more natural set of finishers may blend in well, while if the pool is close to the house it may need to have more formal lines to match the house lines.
     

  2. The Type of People who will predominately be using the pool, EG: Adults with young children or elder adults, or children-teenagers. In most cases the depth of the pool will be determined by the long term use. If you have a large family then some deeper 1.5-2.0M depth could be good for playing games in, but if you consider its use for 20 years when the parents are the only ones using it and they are older then possibly a 1.2-1.4M overall depth would be better.
     
  3. The Possibility of Enclosing the Pool, due to weather etc. This could be necessary in colder climates to obtain long term usage. In this case the pool may be better set closer to the house to take advantage of one or more walls. Also consider partial covers with open sides to reduce UV damage to the users.
     
  4. The Budget for the Pool. Most people would want the most elegant pool possible but it is always controlled by money. My only comment here is go for a smaller pool with better quality equipment and finishers rather than using your dollars to get the biggest possible area. Never take the lowest price on construction. Go for the No. 2 or 3.

POOL FINISHES:INTERNAL;

TILES:
These are the most expensive but do give the longest lasting finish if applied correctly and the correct tiles chosen for the particular application. There are now a number of different types of material for tiles used in pools:
 
Ceramic Tiles
Either 150x150mm or 100x100mm 0r 75x75mm plain color or pattered, or Mosaic tiles on sheets in plain or pattered colors,
 
Glass Mosaic
Tiles which can provide a very expensive look to the pool.
 
Plastic: Tiles
These are a plastic extruded tile which is laid as tiles were many years ago where in the adhesive (white cement or colored CTF) is placed on the back of the tile and then the tile set in place, the adhesive also acts as the grout.
 
PEBBLE :
The use of small evenly colored pebble set in white or grey cement has become a very much used system in the last 10 years. Its predominance has been brought about by the want for the "Natural Look" pool. The use of pebble is much less costly but the upkeep is greater because of its uneven textured surface.
 
MARBLESHEEN - MARCITE:
A Mixture of marble dust and white cement, the system has been used for many years to provide a long term medium cost attractive finish to hundreds of thousands of pools around the world. It has lost fashion over the last five years due to the lower cost of the pebble finish, however I believe it is far superior to pebble finish.  It does tale more of a tradesman to apply the Marblesheen than it does the pebble. The finish is a beautiful pristine white which gives bright blue looking water.
 
PLASTER and PAINT
Plastering- Rendering the interior surface of a pool to a beautiful smooth finish and then applying a number of coats of either, Epoxy of Chlorinated Rubber Paint , has been the choice of thousands of pool owners. The system is very efficient but does not last as long as Marble sheen or Pebbling. The repaint will need to be done each 4-5 years. Paint can be used to give some brilliant effects in pools using many different colors.
 
FIBERGLASS AS AN INTERNAL FINISH
Many pools are first plastered- Rendered and the four or five layers of fiberglass mat of varying thicknesses are laid over the plaster to give a smooth impervious finish. The Fiberglass can be colored to many beautiful shades. A bit cheaper than tiling but about the same life expectancy.
 
VINYL AS AN INTERNAL FINISH
There are thousands of pools each year built with Vinyl as the final waterproof finish inside. In many cases of areas of bad earth movement and freezing of the water, The manufacturers claim that the Vinyl stands up better over a long period of time. The Vinyl comes in many colors and is quite cost effective. It can be used as a finish on a concrete constructed pool or on a specially built frame of metal or timber.

SURROUND EDGE

Style - There are various types of edges which can be incorporated with a pool, these include: The standard 300mm wide coping with a finish of some type which is different to the pool internal finish and different to the surrounding area. This edge usually sits up 100mm above the surrounding walk way to prevent rubbish blowing into the pool.

The same 300 but matching the surround paving. The edge can finish flush with the inside if the pool or can lip over to help prevent water loss. You can incorporate the surround right over the edge of the pool so that there is no break in the finish on the horizontal plane, this requires that you leave the pool wall concrete about 75mm lower than you may normally do so. This can help to make a small area around the pool look much bigger.

Material- You can use Brick. Paving stones, Natural rock, Pebble or a non-slip tile on the 300mm wide type edge.  You can use the same finish material or texture as the surrounding paths either on a raised or flat 300mm edge but always leave an expansion gap of 10mm between the pool shell and the surround.

You can pour a deck right over the edge of the pool so that there is no joint showing on the horizontal, the main consideration for this is to look like a bigger area and have cleaner lines. This inside edge can then be molded to a number of shapes using easily installed low cost foam moulds.

Considerations - Slippery, always test any surface which you may consider using before applying it or ask the supplier to refer you to a current pool owner where you can test it.

Roughness - If the finish is to rough, then you could find that the children who stay in the pool a long time and their feet go soft could, find the finish very painful to walk on.

Porous - If the finish is to porous, then water and dust could soak into it and activate the growth of algae, make sure that the finish seals well.

GENERAL SURROUND CONSIDERATIONS:

The Area: - Many council bylaws will no longer allow you to have any recreational area inside the pool fence, EG: Bar-b-que or tables with 7 chairs. If this is so then you only need 600mm to 1000mm of width of paving on two or more sides of the pool for access, and the rest of your entertainment area can be outside the pool area.

If the council does allow you to use more area inside the pool fence, consider how much you will need for tables and chairs and that it needs to be level for these and still needs to allow movement around the chairs.

Also consider the drainage of the area by always allowing a slight fall away from the pool to remove rain water to a drainage gutter or pipe.

The Pool Fence: You will need to check your local council regulations regarding pool fencing to see if you have to have a dedicated pool surround fence or a pool area fencing or the backyard fenced. Add to this your own personal consideration as to the safety of children in the area.

These items will also help you decide on planning of the surround area.

Trees and Gardens: You must consider the trees and gardens you currently have and those that you propose to plant. It is nice (in some peoples terms) to have the pool in a "Natural Bush Setting" with trees over the top and garden falling into the water in various areas, but that will cause a dramatic increase in maintenance unless the trees are evergreen and even then they need to be the type that does not loose its leaves or drop pollen or flowers.

Everywhere that garden enters the pool or is very close to the pool increases the potential for algae growth and or spiders or other living creatures to get into your pool.

Sometimes it is not as "natural" but much more convenient to have a clean area around the pool and if you want shade over a portion of the pool then use the shadow of a tall tree further away or install an artificial shade structure.


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Restoration of Tile, Stone, Concrete, Carpet Floors for Coachella, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and for the rest of the Coachella Valley.