The rooftop pool and spa is a frequently requested amenity for discerning business clients. Design, manufacture and installation are notoriously complex; The demand for water features for roofs has only increased in the past few decades. As a result, few firms have taken on projects of the magnitude and complexity of Diamond Spas.
Owners Stephanie & Tom Bennett started the company back in 1996 with an initial focus on custom baths. Owners Stephanie & Tom Bennett started the company back in 1996 with an initial focus on custom baths. Owners Stephanie and Tom Bennett founded the company back in 1996, initially focusing on custom made bathtubs. Owners Stephanie and Tom Bennett started the business in 1996, initially focusing on custom made bathtubs. Soon their product line began to attract attention. By 1999, they were producing pools, spas, and custom water features. Fast forward to today and Diamond Spas is one of the elite manufacturers in the industry.
Known for their stunning rooftop pools, their products can be found in the most opulent hotels, commercial buildings, luxury residences and, yes, even mega yachts. To better understand why Diamond Spas have become the top choice for rooftop pools, we sat down with Design Manager Mitch Martinek.
Many times Martinek has been a key person in projects working with clients as well as builders, architects and engineers. Thus, throughout his career, he has been personally involved in the design and implementation of many rooftop pool and spa projects.
“Some notable rooftop pools we have partnered with include Yellow Stone Club in Big Sky, Montana, Post Brothers Atlantic Residence, and Woodward Lofts in St. Louis, just to name a few,” Martinek says.
During our discussion, Martinek told us why consumers might choose stainless steel vessels when planning a rooftop pool project.
“When you’re dealing with a rooftop installation, weight is definitely a factor,” says Martinek, “and you get more water surface area with a lightweight body like a stainless steel container versus a heavier concrete shotcrete container.” .
Weight and stress factors are key concerns for rooftop swimming pools. Pouring water on top of any structure is risky. The frame must support the weight of the water as well as the pool itself. Martinek, let us know that this is one of the main reasons why many consumers choose stainless steel containers when building a rooftop pool.
“Stainless steel vessels can hold larger volumes of water, have more features and more capacity than typical concrete rooftop pool installations,” Martinek says.
Ground movement and wear of building structures are the most common causes of movement of buildings and substructures. Concrete pools are brittle due to their stiffness and tendency to crack. Compared to concrete, stainless steel has greater durability and can be made with waterproof welds.
Martinek explained that rooftop pools can be difficult to install due to access issues. Time is obviously an issue when planning a pool installation project. Many consumers choose prefabricated pools that can be installed as a single piece, reducing the time and money spent on site during construction.
“One of the advantages of our process is that we build everything here. We can build on site in parallel, avoiding delays in the production of the pool at our factory,” Martinek says.
A key reason why commercial users may choose offsite pool manufacturing processes is ease of integration and reduced installation time. “We lifted it to the correct position on the roof,” Martinek said.
Considering the higher complexity posed by the roof, it can be concluded that while the process is easier in terms of time and installation, simply placing the product on the roof will do 90% of the job. The logistics of getting the ship into place is something Martinek is very familiar with. Especially for projects with individual and unique requirements.
“I’m currently working on my current project in Sandpoint, Idaho. It’s a new high-end condominium building. One of the problems is that the pool has been forgotten. It’s a combination pool and rooftop spa.” set design parameters for a base plate that will continue to work, but they wanted to expand that. We had to find a new way to make our frame fit their current roof conditions on site. complexity in terms of spot loading the top of their existing design and getting the desired vessel size.”
Despite the difficulties, the apartment project should be completed this summer, and by next year it will have tenants. While Diamond Spas is primarily known for its stainless steel vessels, it has also quickly gained a reputation for its acrylic vessels.
“Acrylic is becoming the new fad,” says Martinek, “it’s a new way to display boats in homes, whether it’s a high-rise building with bottom acrylic viewing windows or side viewing windows. We can even make acrylic resin with endless sides, there’s really no limit.”
“We have developed our own patented method of mechanically attaching these acrylic windows so we can install them on site in our factory so there is no additional installation required once the container is installed. It leaks and that’s really good,” Martinek said. .
“One of the big acrylic projects we worked on was a guest house at the Dream Hotel in New York,” says Martinek. finishing A spiral staircase topped with an acrylic window surrounded by wood. It was definitely a unique project.”
“Each project has its own unique challenges and a unique perspective,” says Martinek. “Acrylic is a new way to enjoy spas, pools and water features. It gives you a glimpse of the water, and then at night, becomes another great feature: the lighting inside and the outside of your pool really shines through the acrylic and highlights the stainless steel or copper finish.”
Many of the rooftop pools we see now are part of an overall design plan that includes a pool as well as other outdoor living amenities such as saunas and spas. Martinek acknowledges that many clients are following this trend. “Many high-end buildings have saunas, hydrotherapy and cold baths in the gyms or main bathrooms.”
Another popular trend that Diamond Spas has included in many of its new projects is bringing the outside world in. As a result, there has also been a move to include elements of hot and cold therapy. “We are seeing a lot of cold water pools for indoor spas, commercial and residential applications,” Martinek said.
With so many material options now available, the look and stylistic aesthetic of a rooftop pool can be as unique as the design itself. The fact that Diamond Spas offers all of these options, plus the experience and support to ensure a flawless installation, clearly shows why they are consistently recognized as the leading manufacturer of rooftop pools and spas.
Featured Photo Credit: Diamond Spas – Post Brothers / The Atlantic Building, Philadelphia, PA. Photographer – Basel City Hall
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Pool Magazine learned from a number of builders that Latham informed them that hull deliveries would be delayed by up to eight weeks due to ongoing shortages. We reached out to the largest fiberglass underground pool manufacturer in the US to find out how they are coping with the ongoing resin shortage.
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“We are addressing this by leveraging our strong relationships with our suppliers,” Wunsch continued. “We have looked to alternative sources of resin to continue to diversify our supply chain. Despite this, Latham continues to show strong growth. We long-term trends in the industry remain unchanged, and we feel well positioned to continue to meet growing consumer demand for swimming pools.”
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“Most suppliers are overwhelmed by fiberglass shortages. So a winter storm that damaged a resin chemical plant is a disaster.”
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This year, a winter storm in Texas has disrupted a wide range of activities in the pool industry. Cold weather forced chemical plants in Houston to close. In addition, the hurricane forced Hexion and Olin, the largest epoxy resin manufacturers, to cease operations.
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Florida pool builder Kirk Sullivan had to return 250 orders due to a shortage of fiberglass resin. Sullivan said he received very few supplies that summer. As a result, his company was unable to continue accepting orders for the new pool. Luckily, his entire team is still working and hopefully things will get better.
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Post time: Dec-01-2022