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Why I love Colored Pond Liner

By | Guest Articles

When creating the perfect pond for your yard, it is important to take a number of factors into consideration. First of all, you need to decide where you want to place your pond, how large it will be and what you will use for its construction. There are many pond liners that can be purchased in preformed shapes and sizes that are ready to be placed in the ground and used to create a beautiful pond; however, for anyone looking for a little more flexibility and the ability to truly create the most dramatic and beautiful pond, the use of concrete or Gunite offers many more options.

These ponds can be built in just about any shape or size you want and can be customized to fit your specific location. Once you have the pond built, it is a simple matter to seal it with a colored pond liner. This liquid sealer is an excellent choice for ponds and fountains because it creates a virtually impenetrable barrier that will help keep water in while offering a safe environment for plants and animals.

I love using liquid colored pond liner because it is easy to use and can be applied to almost any surface. The non-toxic epoxy is not only easy to apply to any shape or surface, but it is extremely durable, as well. Of course, another one of its advantages is that it looks incredible once it is complete. Other types of pond liners either limit the shape or size because they are already preformed or you can choose a flat liner that you must somehow conform to the curves and angles of your pond. This certainly is not easy to make look attractive because wrinkles are inevitable. Fortunately, with a liquid liner, you can easily apply it to any shape pond or fountain and it will always look superb.

Another reason why I love using a liquid colored pond liner is that it requires no special equipment. This makes application extremely easy because just about anyone can take a brush and apply the liquid to create a custom liner that actually bonds to the surface. When considering the various types of pond liners that are available, the liquid liner seemed to be the most efficient and cost-effective. The liner stays flexible to help accommodate shifting soil conditions, but is permanently bonded to the substrate to ensure longevity. It seems to be a perfect combination of durability and beauty. Additionally, the epoxy is available in several colors to help you achieve the pond of your dreams.

Finding the right colored pond liner was certainly important and even though cost was a major consideration, I also wanted to ensure that it would be something that would last for many years. I love the fact that these liquid liners are so easy to apply and can create a long-lasting and beautiful liner that is safe for all types of animals and plants.

When to Spray Epoxy

By | Spray in Liner Ponds

This will not be an article that is too in depth but probably helpful none the less.  In the How to Spray Epoxy article, I mentioned one “when” you should spray.  That was determined by how much epoxy it will take to spray your pond.  If you do not have enough area to cover, the rental of the equipment, the set up and clean up time and the bit of Pond Shield epoxy you will loose in the system will cost you in the end.

However, there are times when spraying even a smaller area than 8 quart and a half kits (3-gallon kit) will cover is essential or at least food for thought.  Those are areas in which the ponds surface is so rough that trying to squeegee or roll the epoxy onto them will cost you a lot more in the long run than the set up or clean up time or the loss of a little bit of epoxy.

I have seen ponds that people have told me are pretty smooth that really ended up looking like a broom finish.  These are the worst areas to try and squeegee or roll.  The reason is that surfaces like this have very accentuated peaks and valleys.  So as you squeegee 10 mils over the peaks of a surface like this that has 30 mil deep valleys, you are essentially applying 40 mils over the valley areas.  That is a serious waste of material!

So spraying an area like this would be ideal.  Also, you might consider spraying a waterfall area.  Waterfalls are sometimes difficult because of all of the uneven surfaces they have so trying to brush epoxy on before it cures in the container you’re carrying around can be a problem.  Spraying the clear Pond Shield epoxy on the majority of the surface and then touching up the nook and crannies later is a quick and effective way to accomplish the task.

Is Epoxy Toxic to Fish?

By | General Tips

Is epoxy toxic to fish? That is a very valid question, is it not? There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when trying to decipher this, especially if you’re building a water feature that is going to house fish.

First remember that generally, epoxies that can be purchased at local hardware stores may indeed be toxic to fish. This is because these types of epoxies have a very specific purpose intended for them and that purpose does not revolve around housing aquatic life.

Epoxy coatings can leach off toxins both before they are cured and after they are cured. For purposes of housing fish, it’s this time afterwards that is most important. You will have applied the epoxy and let it cure before filling you pond back up and if the epoxy leaches toxins off after the cure, then your fish are in danger.

So how do you know if the epoxy is toxic or not? Well the easiest way is to read the epoxy technical data sheet and the MSDS (material safety data sheet) provided by the manufacturer. These two documents, along with a chat from a representative of the company can help clarify that.

The MSDS sheet will contain general information about the epoxy, including handling information. The technical data sheet will have scores of information in it regarding the coating you will find test data that covers anything from strength properties to, yes you guessed it, toxicology testing.

So do not be afraid to ask for these documents. You might be amazed at what you can learn.