Only Alpha has a few different options available when it comes to the wall panels. Like most other manufacturers, they have a steel wall and a non-corrosive wall. There are some major differences between their wall panels and what is offered by every other manufacturer in the business. I think that the best way to describe these differences is to approach them individually. That being said I will start with the steel wall panels.
First of all they offer two different “lines” of steel wall panels. The first is their Titan line. This is the standard style steel panel that many vinyl liner builders are accustomed to. The other is their Tri-Max line. This is basically the triple bend panel. With this line, they add an extra bend to the top and bottom flange, because as you may or may not know, every bend in a piece of steel adds strength. Both of these lines use the industry standard 14 gauge, G35 steel. This type of steel is common with all steel pool wall manufacturers. However Only Alpha had taken it a step further and added their Alpha Advantage Shield. This is an additional coating that gets applied to the steel on top of the the galvanization. What this does is adds an extra layer of protection against corrosion. Don’t get me wrong, all steel will inevitably rust, however it is just a matter of how long before it does. With this Alpha Advantage Shield technology, the life of the panel is prolonged dramatically. The next type of wall panel that they offer is a non-corrosive panel.
This is yet another area in which Only Alpha shines. They have created a non-corrosive panel unlike any other on the market. Other manufacturers may have a non-corrosive panel, however the structural quality in those panels is lacking. Only Alpha has created a panel that is both non-corrosive as well as structurally sound. The difference is very apparent to those who have worked with a structural foam panel in the past. The structural foam panels have a tendency to warp and bow in the heat of the day. Only Alpha’s true composite panels are a thermally set product, which means that once it is molded and set neither heat nor cold will affect its structure.
This is the point at which I want to give you my personal preference on the materials I would use in my own pool. Given the choice I would definitely go with the true composite panel from Only Alpha over any other panel on the market. Although Only Alpha has taken the steel panel to the next level which surpasses all other steel panels on the market, I would still opt for the composite panel. The reason for this is simply because the composite panel will extend the life of the pool far past any other type of panel out there. With steel, it will eventually begin to corrode. It is a fact that steel rusts. It could be 20 years or it could be 3 years but at some point it will rust. (Especially if the pool is going to have a salt cell) With Only Alpha’s composite material, you will have a completely non-corrosive panel and it will also stand the test of time.
If you are thinking about getting a vinyl liner in ground swimming pool I would strongly recommend going with the composite panel from Only Alpha Pool Products. At the very least you should take a look at their website to get more information. Just go to www.onlyalpha.com and see for yourself what makes them different. I assure you that you will be impressed.
For more information on Only Alpha Pool Products, as well as general swimming pool information. Please check out my other posts. I have been in the industry for nearly ten years and have used my experience to gather knowledge which I intend to pass on to you.