Swimming Pool coating Canada

swimming pool coating applied on a concrete pool

Hygiene, safety and durability with swimming pool coating

In Canada there is an ever-increasing number of pools: not only are there spas with indoor and outdoor pools, but also private pools of all sizes. The public pools must comply to strict hygiene and safety regulations. Increased safety and well-maintained hygiene are also important values to private pool owners. Therefore, the demand for swimming pool coating is increasing: pool paint helps maintain hygiene and makes pools safer.

The damp environment of a swimming pool provides an increased risk of legionella and other waterborne bacteria. Fortunately, this risk can be minimised by swimming pool paint; it seals surfaces and provides a smooth finish to which dirt and other contamination cannot attach. As well as their hygienic function, pool coatings also create a durable protective layer which reduces the need for maintenance and guarantees a safe visit to the pool. The following four words describe the benefits of swimming pool coating:

  • Seamless: No sharp edges, cracks or seams which might cause injuries.
  • Watertight: Swimming pool coating is waterproof. The pool therefore, will not be damaged by prolonged exposure to water.
  • Attractive: Pool paint is available in many colours, finishes and textures.
  • Hygienic: Due to the seamless structure of the coating, no contamination can attach to the surface.

Choose the best swimming pool paint for your pool type

Not every pool coating can be applied to any surface. For example, coatings that are especially suitable for porous substrates such as concrete are not suitable for baths made of fibreglass because of different requirements for adhesion. It is also important to define the expected looks of the finished pool: do you wish to protect the surface without changing its appearance, or is the purpose to give the pool a makeover while making it safer and more hygienic?

Whatever the case, here are some general guidelines to which coatings are suitable for your pool type and material.

1. Coating tile swimming pools

epoxy swimming pool coating applied to a tile pool

Epoxy swimming pool coating is the only transparent option for tile pools.

Suitable coating: Primer + Epoxy coating (indoor pools), Polyurea hot spray (commercial pools) or chlorinated rubber pool paint (private baths)

Almost all two component coatings are suitable for applying over tiles, as long as a good primer is used. If you wish to retain the pool’s looks, you should choose epoxy because it is the only option that can be applied as a transparent layer. However, it can crack as a result of temperature fluctuation and UV radiation when applied to an outdoor pool. Epoxy can also be opaque, however multiple layers are required if you wish to hide the tile structure and seams. Chlorinated rubber is the cheapest option, but it comes in a limited range of colours and is not recommended for commercial baths due to its poor resistance to oils (sunscreen).

2. Swimming pool paint for fibreglass pools

Suitable coating: 1 component epoxy paint (private pools), epoxy coating and polyurea coating

Epoxy coating adheres well to fibreglass and is extremely resistant to chemicals (chlorine and detergents). The disadvantage is that the application and curing of epoxy is a relatively long process: 3-7 days depending on the layer thickness. Polyurea coating, however, is applied with high-pressure spray equipment and dries much faster. For small fibreglass pools or local repairs, one component epoxy-based paints are also available.

3. Paint for aluminium or stainless steel pools and baths

Suitable coating: Anti corrosive acrylic polyurethane

For stainless steel and aluminium baths it is important to opt for a coating with an anti corrosive effect, or a rust-inhibiting primer. Always consult a specialist before choosing a swimming pool coating to prevent any issues related to adhesion or premature corrosion and further deterioration.

4. Swimming pool paint for concrete pools

Suitable coating: Primer + Polyurethane coating (commercial pools), chlorinated rubber pool paint (private baths) or epoxy coating (indoor pools)

A concrete pool almost always requires a primer; the top coat can be epoxy, chlorinated rubber, or polyurethane based. Epoxy pool paint is not recommended for new pools due to its lack of flexibility; new concrete may “live” requiring the coating to stretch with it.  Polyurethane is more flexible and can better absorb small cracks. Chlorinated rubber systems provide a fully watertight swimming pool as well as being resistant to chlorine and preventing algal growth. The disadvantage of chlorinated rubber is its poor resistance to fats and oils (including sunscreen), so it should not be the first choice for commercial outdoor swimming pools.


Meeting the Canadian standards with swimming pool paint

Safety and hygiene are the primary concerns for the commercial pool operators in Canada. These two aspects are taken into account in both design and operation regulations set for public swimming pools. In Canada there are two bodies that regulate construction of public and private swimming pools:

  1. Lifesaving Society Canada: public swimming pool design and operations
  2. Pool Council: residential pool construction guidelines

The Lifesaving Society is concerned with issues that can be solved with an appropriate swimming pool coating. These issues include:

  • Use of materials that minimise bacterial growth (antimicrobial coatings) in and around pools and wet areas
  • Slip resistant flooring in wet areas and in pools up to 1.35 m deep
  • Avoidance of abrasive wall finishes (such as textured masonry) to overcome injuries
  • Immediate repair of damaged pool tanks (for example with underwater pool paint) to avoid sharp edges

Tip: When you want be sure that the swimming pool coating complies to all national rules and regulations, use a certified contractor who also provides a certificate of the products used and the job done.

A selection of swimming pool coating specialists in Canada

Due to the number of swimming pools in Canada, there are plenty of swimming pool coating products available, and contractors to apply them. Here below you can find a small selection of local the pool paint specialists. Not only are they specialised in coating pools but also surrounding areas.

Swimming pool coating specialistAddressSpecialisation
Canada Pool coating 1565 River Road, KOA 1GO, Braeside, Ontario Manufacture and distribution of professional pool coatings; supplying to certified swimming pool contractors.
CIP – Commercial and Industrial Painters5703 Tremaine Road, Milton ON L9T 2X5 Swimming pool coating contractor, jobs from surface preparation to topcoat.
PowerBlast Canada3505 Corbusier Blvd. Laval, Quebec Canada, H7L 4Z4Distribution of solvent- and waterborne URECO swimming pool paint.

Estimating the pool coating price – 5 factors to consider

Pool coating specialists often produce a quotation based on 5 factors. Therefore, you should take the following into account:

  1. The results of the inspection: Moisture in the subsoil, potholes and bumps, difficult to access spaces; these are all matters that must be taken into account before application. The fewer pitfalls and obstacles there are, the lower the quotation price.
  2. The preparation required: One of the most important steps for application. A good surface ensures that the coating adheres optimally. Are there a lot of repair and equalisation works required in advance? Or a thorough cleaning? Or maybe a primer? These costs come on top of the coating.
  3. Application method: Some surfaces are ideal for application with a roller/brush, others require application with high-pressure spray equipment. Sometimes one layer is sufficient, but often several layers are needed. This all affects the price calculation.
  4. Finishing wishes: Do you want a specific colour or special effect? There is a lot possible in terms of finish, including details like the lane lines and markings in competition pools. Of course there is a price tag.
  5. Extra options: Often the coating is not only applied in the swimming pool, but also around it. Think of the foot baths, pool edges or shower rooms. Here you can opt for an anti-slip finish at an additional cost.

In case you require more information on swimming pool coating in Canada, or are interested in receiving a competitive quote for your pool coating project, do not hesitate to contact us. Our coating experts are happy to help. In cooperation with our partners we can also provide you with a tailor-made quote. All you need to do is contact us by email or using the 100% free quote service by clicking on the request a quote -button at the bottom of the page.

Waterproof pool paint is not only for swimming pools

In addition to actual swimming pools, other areas such as wellness facilities and saunas can also benefit from a watertight swimming pool coating which can also be made slip resistant to prevent slips and trips. Swimming pool coating makes pools durable and hygienic, and also does this for the areas around the pool. For example the following areas may benefit from pool paints.

  • Changing rooms of spas and pools
  • In and around water attractions (slides or children’s pools)
  • Walk-through rooms of saunas
  • Joint shower rooms of gyms
  • Walk-in showers
  • Saunas, steam baths, changing rooms and shower rooms in gyms
  • Bungalow parks and campsites with swimming and/or wellness facilities

A high-quality swimming pool coating ensures that both the recreational swimmer and sauna visitor can safely enjoy the swimming pool and the area around it.


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