Gem vs. Marcite

As you may have noticed, I’m pushing the use of Florida Gem pool finish. Why? Simply because Gem kicks marcite butt! There are several reasons for this. The larger sand composite is the main reason Gem is not porous like marcite, which has a very fine sand. It will not stain as easily and algae has a harder time eating it. In addition to being a stronger and denser pool finish, it doesn’t have that thin cement veneer on the surface, which means spot etching will not happen. I’m not saying Gem is bulletproof, but it is much more forgiving than what we were used to. So, why only a five-year warranty? The manufacturers that sold marcite didn’t give a warranty at all. It was the contractors that usually gave it a one-year warranty. When you realize these same manufacturers put themselves on paper for FIVE WHOLE YEARS, well, that says something about their confidence in the stuff. The very first time I acid washed a Gem finish, I realized how strong it was. Five years still doesn’t seem like a great warranty when consider it should last at least 15-20 years. Some contractors are giving longer warranties. These guys are trying to create a marketing advantage over other pool companies because it may appear they are better at applying it. I do know they are on their own after five years because the material companies won’t support them. When Gem was first given a warranty, the manufacturers just matched the best warranty at the time given by another pebble finish. Since Gem has been proven for over ten years, maybe one day the company will support a longer term. I believe in it and that’s good enough for me. When it becomes idiotproof, I’ll give it a lifetime warranty, but in the meantime, I’ll give it five years and all customers receive chemistry lessons!

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P.O. Box 372457
Satellite Beach, FL 32937