A new option for commercial pools to keep swimmers safe
When it comes to PVC renovation for swimming pools and decks, RenoSys is an industry pioneer. For almost 30 years, it has manufactured and distributed products specifically designed for the commercial swimming pool industry. One of its top products, RecDeck, is an ideal solution for customers looking for slip-resistant, nonabrasive products.
“It has a very deep texture pattern for slip resistance,” says RenoSys president Jason Mart. “And it’s often installed in zones over padding to further reduce the possibility of slipping and to provide some resilience should a patron ever falls.”
If you look at the medical logs of facilities like a water park or a commercial pool, abrasion accidents are a primary cause of injury. “So what we’ve come up with is a soft — but still really aggressive — slip resistant series of products to eliminate these abrasion accidents,” Mart says. For instance, a commercial pool might offer a water aerobics class, but the students frequently complain of cuts and scratches on their feet. That’s because when feet are in the water, they absorb moisture, and they’re more susceptible to abrasion related issues than they would be if their feet were dry. “Frequently, those facilities that have a rough surface would require that [water aerobics students] wear a shoe,” Mart says. “We eliminate the need for that.”
Whether it’s a new project or a renovation, RecDeck offers a long-term slip resistant solution. And RecDeck can be used outside of swimming pools and decks, like locker or weight rooms, where sweat or dripping water could make falls likely. RecDeck also works on boats or even on boat docks. Patios and balconies are other places where some dealers have recommended RecDeck to customers.
RecDeck is formulated with biocides that discourage algae and fungal growth, which means it’s easy to clean and disinfect. The required weekly cleaning schedule includes a light pressure washing or a gentle, nonabrasive cleaner. Hose off the deck, and you’re done. Steam cleaners also work to clean RecDeck, which is an option for some commercial sanitation methods. About once a year, or if something spills on the material and causes a stain, a deep cleaning is recommended. To deep clean the RecDeck, use Clorox and SoftScrub to make a paste-type cleaner and cover the area with it. Let the paste sit for about 10 minutes, lightly scrub it with a soft nylon-bristle brush, then you can rinse it off with a hose.
RecDeck meets all of the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines for slip resistance in a wet/aquatic environment, and installation is something a dealer’s crew can easily pick up. The product rolls out for easy installation. The seams are sealed with a process that actually makes it molecularly one product. “All of our products are designed to be adhered to the substrate with a special adhesive and then melted together employing hot air technology,” Mart says. “The seams are actually stronger than the material itself.”
Since installation is easy to manage and the product is high quality, it’s easy for dealers to incorporate RecDeck into their business. “Dealers are able to purchase the materials for a specific project or bring the project to us for training purposes,” Mart says. “Once they’re trained, they can make between 20 and 50 percent profit, depending upon how aggressive their marketing program is and what sort of mark-ups they need to maintain in their operations.”