The Wetedge Technologies philosophy when explaining our products to a potential...
Wet Edge consumer is to be honest, informative and to never oversell a product. We would rather take the time to educate the consumer on our products so they are satisfied that they are making an informed decision when choosing their pool surface. Let’s face it, the pool finish, the tile, and the deck are what will be seen for years to come. The pool finish needs to be long lasting and aesthetically pleasing to the customer.
A list has been complied of questions that are frequently asked about our products. Please take your time reading through these questions and if we have not answered one to your satisfaction please contact us and we will do our best to answer your inquiry.
How long has Wet Edge Technologies™ been around?
Wet Edge Technologies™ was formed in August of 2005. While Wet Edge
Technologies™ is a new company we have over of 30 years of experience in
exploration, mining and the processing of materials for the pool industry. Wet Edge
Technologies™ sources pebbles from around the world as well as operates mining
facilities in South America and New Zealand. Materials are transported to shipping
ports on the West and East Coast or shipped in from domestic locations here in the
States to be processed at blending plants in Arizona and Mississippi.
During the formation of Wet Edge Technologies™ it was agreed that in order to
succeed we would need to improve upon the pool interior products that were already
on the market. Just as importantly, we knew that we needed to join forces with
quality oriented applicators that shared our desire to provide a quality pool finish for
the consumer. With our custom-engineered admixtures, mineral based pigments and
exotic naturally colored pebble we believe that we have created a better-quality
product and have become “The Next Generation of Pebble Finishes™”.
Are the Wet Edge™ pool finishes easier for the applicator to use?
Applicators that have used our materials have been very impressed with our
products. Consistency and sizing of the materials are the basis for a quality pool
finish. Pebbles for all the Wet Edge™ products are not just scooped up and put in a
bag. Stringent quality control standards are applied at the plant where the materials
are cleaned, dried and sized to exact specifications. Meticulous consideration is paid
to the precise gradation of the pebbles. This is essential for an applicator to achieve
a tight compaction of the pebbles during the application process. The Wet Edge™
Admixture, Pebble Edge™ is added to fortify the cement in our pool mixes. The
Pebble Edge™ offers the application crews more workability with our materials. A
few more minutes to be able to work the detail in the pool are a great benefit to
applying a Wet Edge™ product.
Why should I choose a Pearl Matrix™ pool finish over the competitive pool finishes on the market?
Wet Edge Technologies™ has made improvements to industry standards for pebble
pool finishes. Three items set our products apart; mineral based pigments,
admixtures to fortify the cement and naturally colored pebbles. All the pebbles are
sized to specific gradations to produce a tight compaction. All the Wet Edge™ pool
finishes use mineral based pigments that are resistance to UV degradation and
fading. The Wet Edge™ admixture, Pebble Edge™ specified in our products and was
developed to fortify and enhance the cement that holds the pebbles in place. And
lastly, our exotic naturally colored pebbles are sourced from around the world. Many
of them are jewelry grade stones and are quite beautiful and vibrant allowing the
consumer to travel the world in their own swimming pool.
What is the difference between the Pearl Matrix™ and Satin Matrix™ finishes?
The difference between these two product lines is only the size of the pebbles. The
Satin Matrix™ is the smaller version of the Pearl Matrix™. The Satin Matrix™ is
considered to have a slightly smoother texture because of the size of the pebbles.
The same color combinations are available in both sizes except for the Pearl Matrix™
Red Island. Mother Nature unfortunately, did not create a smaller red pebble in the
Satin Matrix™ size.
Is it true that pebble finishes cut the feet?
The pebble finishes do have a texture to them. Sub-standard pebbles, poor
compaction and over washing the pebble can lead to a rough surface. A proper
application of the pebble finish is not rough to the touch. As with all pool finishes;
plaster, color quartz, etc.., if a person plays a sport such as volleyball or basketball
for a period of time in the pool they can develop raspberries on their feet and can
experience bleeding. We go to a lot of effort to source the smoothest pebble
possible. To make certain your concern about this issue is addressed in the best
possible way we have created the Primera Stone™ line of products. It looks like
pebble but is polished so it is smooth like plaster.
What is the difference between Primera Stone™ and the two pebble finishes Pearl Matrix™ and Satin Matrix™?
The Primera Stone™ and the two pebble finishes Pearl Matrix™ and Satin Matrix™
are made up of different kinds of pebbles, plus they have different application
processes. The Pearl Matrix™ and Satin Matrix™ finishes are exposed aggregate
finishes which means that the cement cream on the surface is removed during the
final application phase. The Pearl Matrix™ and Satin Matrix™ finishes are made up
of pebbles derived from quartz stone. On a hardness scale with diamonds being a
10, Quartz pebbles are a 7.5. Quartz pebbles are a very hard stone and do not react
with pool chemicals.
Primera Stone™ is a polished pool surface similar to a Terrazzo floor surface. The
pebbles in the Primera Stone™ are made up of a very unique marble stone that
contains a high percentage of quartz. While not as hard as the quartz stone in the
exposed pebble pool finishes, this type of pebble is used because it can be polished
smooth. 100% Quartz pebbles would be very difficult, time consuming and expend
too many sanding discs to polish.
Is Primera Stone™ Premium Pool Finish an different product compared to a pebble
True, some of the pebbles in the Primera Stone™ are not as hard as those in the
Pearl Matrix™ and Satin Matrix™ but they are still quite resilient, due to their quartz
content. It would take an extreme case of neglect and aggressive chemicals to
breakdown these pebbles. Primera Stone™ pools that do show signs of scaling or
staining due to bad water chemistry or gross lack of attention can be re-polished.
This is another beautiful aspect to the Primera Stone™ pool finish. Primera Stone™
pools can be re-polished periodically over and over again for many years and can
look can look even better than a new finish.
A warranty is very important to me. Which warranty is the best one?
The best warranty protection for a pool finish is how well the pool is cared for and
maintained. Lack of pool cleanliness and poor water chemistry can be cause of its
premature demise. Yes, all the Wet Edge™ pool finishes have a warranty against
product failure of any of the Wet Edge™ components. We are very confident that the
materials that we have specified for our pool finishes meet and/or exceed industry
standards. In most cases when we have been called out on a perceived warranty
issue it is not caused by inferior components. Pool chemicals abuse, poor water
conditions and lack of maintenance are to blame for most pool surface problems. A
proper start up during the first 30 days of the pools life and regular maintenance are
critical in sustaining an aesthetically pleasing and a long lasting pool finish.
How do I take care of my pool?
The first 28 days of the pools life are considered to be crucial to the long term life
and appearance of the pool finish. Even though the pool finish looks and feels hard it
is still in the curing stage and is vulnerable to aggressive chemicals and neglect. On
our website or through the pool builder you can obtain a recommended pool start up
procedure. Good maintenance and pool water chemistry is still important after the
28 day start up.
I want my pool water to look like the color of the ocean water in the Bahamas.
Which product should I choose to achieve that same water color?
This is probably one of the hardest questions to answer. There are so many factors
that will determine the water color of your pool. The water color in the same pool
will vary from morning to afternoon from bright sunny days to overcast cloudy days.
Factors that determine the watercolor are unique to the pool setting, design, pool
depth and landscaping. For example a brown house right next to a pool or a lot of
green foliage around the pool can make the water appear green. The good news is
that your pool water color will be unique unto itself. The pictures in our photo gallery
and on our water color swatches can offer you a representation of the water color.
Pictures on our website may vary from the actual product due to the translation and
reproduction limitations of photography and the limitations of viewing photos at
website resolutions. Water colors will vary due to viewing photos from different
monitors with variable colors and/or resolution schemes. It is highly recommended
that you view an actual pool.
Why do you require your applicators to use the Wet Edge™ Admixture, Pebble
This is just one more step in creating a better pool finish. Cement is a necessary
component in the pool finish; it is what bonds the pebbles together. The patent
pending Pebble Edge™ is a custom-engineered high performance pozzolanic mineral
and polymer admixture. When added to cement, the Pebble Edge™ chemically
reacts with the weak voids in the curing cement and replaces it with more
cementitious material creating a denser cement matrix. These chemical reactions in
the curing cement mostly occur in the first month, but will continue for years
creating a stronger and more durable pool finish.
Why are Mineral (Inorganic) better than organic pigments?
Natural inorganic pigments, derived mainly from mineral sources, have been used as
colorants since pre-historic times. Mineral/Inorganic pigments do not react with
ultraviolet rays and are resistant to fading. Organic pigments are synthesized from
organic materials. Organic pigments are less costly and it takes much less of it to
create vibrant colors. The bad part about organic pigments is that they will fade
when subjected to ultra violet rays. Since almost all swimming pools are in the sun
every day Wet Edge Technologies™ found it important to create a line of mineral
based pigments to reduce the fade factor. For more information please see our
Pigment Page on the website within the Products section.
Copyright Gutierrez Plastering