Theere are few things we know about swimming pools. They should be beautiful, funtional, and above all worry free.
There are two types of water removal systems you can have on your pool, traditional box skimmers or an overflow gutter system.Traditional box skimmers
Of the two systems, traditional box skimmers are the least efficient circulation systems. Placed usually about 20 feet intervals or more along the pool wall they do not capture a large amount of debris leaving dead spots of water in the pool. Skimmers also have underground pvc piping that breaks, freezes and leaks, causing costly repairs. Digging up a deck or worse, a pool floor to repair a broken pipe is no one’s idea of fun.Gutter overflow systems
Gutter overflow systems were developed ( mostly in the 1970's ) to better filter and handle the water going back to the filter from the pool. Of the popular gutter systems two main types have emerged. The (not so) stainless steel gutter and the concrete (freeform) gutter, both of which, time has proven, have severe drawbacks.Natural flow's, tiled gutter overflow system is the natural evolutions of the swimming pool gutter.
But before we get into the many benefits and advantages of Natural flow, lets start by explaining why the other gutter systems are inferior and will cost you time, money and aggravation. Stainless steel is a good product, just not anywhere near a swimming pool, for one reason. The most corrosive chemical that rusts, discolors, and corrodes stainless steel is chlorine!
If you don't believe it, please follow the link how chlorine eats stainless steel
and watch the three minute u tube video. If you still don’t believe it, call any YMCA or recreation center that has had stainless steel gutters on their pool for a few years and ask to speak to the people who maintain the pool.
Most steel gutters fail from the inside out, where you cannot see, at the weld joints which are typically every ten feet along the pool wall, or in the converter box that is buried under ground. Since a thin piece of stainless steel heats and cools at a different rate then the mass of concrete they are attached to, they almost always pop and separate from the swimming pool wall causing hidden leaks and other damage. And the #1 problem with a stainless steel gutter is….they are ugly. Sorry stainless, stay out of the pool!