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Gunite Swimming Pool Construction

Gunite swimming pools are often constructed by pneumatically applying a concrete mixture. This creates a thick and durable pool shell that will last many years. Concrete has been a popular choice for pool owners across America for decades. Gunite swimming pools are a porous material with many design options and configurations.  This gives it higher structural strength than a vinyl liner and fiberglass pool.
A gunite swimming pool allows you to create your private resort. It can be any size, shape, or depth, giving you tremendous flexibility for pool design. Aqua Blue Pools & Spas has been building swimming pools in the country for over three decades. We are the largest privately owned pool builder, and we can turn backyard dreams into reality through our outstanding service, design, and installation.

Gunite Pool Building Process

  1. Step 1: Utilities Mark out. Underground utilities such as water, power, and gas are marked.
  2. Step 2: Pool layout. We meet with the homeowner to discuss the installation and finalize the design.
  3. Step 3: Dig. Step 3: Dig. We dig the site and build a stone foundation to support the gunite swimming pools. We then set up a wooden frame with rebar to help the pool design.
  4. Step 4: Steel installation. The pool’s skeleton is formed by the structural steel reinforcement that was placed on top of the bricks.
  5. Step 5: Plumbing. We use larger plumbing lines to make our pool more efficient. Then, we add electrical wiring.
  6. Step 6: Gunite Shell. The gunite pool shell can be sprayed onto the reinforcement.
  7. Step 7: Tile and Coping.
  8. Step 8: Concrete Patio.
  9. Step 9: Plaster. Step 9:
  10. Plaster: By working closely with clients on the landscaping design, we ensure that the surrounding environment is correct.

Gunite Vs. Shotcrete

Concrete is cement made with cement and water. For pool installation, both gunite and shotcrete can be used.
  1. Concrete that has been dried and mixed on-site
  2. After the water has been added to the spout, the nozzle is used to dispense the liquid.
  3. Tighter packing material
  4. You can control the amount of water that is added
  5. No cold joints and spraying even when there are pauses
  1. Concrete mixture arrives on site in a wet form
  2. Directly pumped using high-pressure compressed Air
  3. Buildings are more expensive
  4. On-site mixing is avoided, which means less work.
  5. Higher compressive strengths

Benefits of building a concrete swimming pool

Gunite swimming pools make a beautiful addition to any space and leave a lasting impression.
1) Durability and reliability: Gunite pools are durable and last a long time. This material is considered the best quality and can be remodeled often during a pool's life.
2) Deliveries at a Discount: Gunite is not delivered as a fiberglass pool shell and can be mixed and sprayed on the spot. It is possible to create pools of any shape or size.

3) Special Finishing Plaster: Using tile, glass beads, or marble, you can achieve a unique appearance for your gunite pool.

4) High level of customization:

Gunite swimming pools can accommodate any feature you may require, including:

  1. Firepit or fire bowl
  2. In-pool lighting, LED and floating lamps
  3. Spillover integrated and raised spa additions
  4. Waterfall, deck jets, spouts
  5. Tanne ledge, beach entrance, shallow pool
  6. Slide or dive board and many other options

Aesthetically Appealing Design Ideas

No matter the shape or size of your backyard, there are stunning pool designs that you can choose from. Gunite is versatile and can be used in various styles, including modern shapes with sharp angles or soft curves. You can create a flowing, amoeba-like gunite swimming pool or wrap a geometric shape around your backyard. Perhaps the best thing about a gunite swimming pool is its flexibility.

How to Build Gunite Swimming Pools: What else should you consider?

These are other essential aspects to remember when building your gunite pool.

High Maintenance

Gunite pools require more attention, especially if they are saltwater. Alkaloids can get into the pool water. If there is any algae growth, the surface must be etched. For cleaning and servicing, see our Aqua Blue Pool Service.

High Renovation Prices

Gunite pools can be maintained well and can last many decades. However, they will need to be resurfaced and renovated, which can add to their cost.

Longer Installation Time

It takes approximately four to three months to complete a Gunite swimming pool. For curing, it may take up to 28 days, and this allows the concrete to reach its maximum potential.

Abrasive Surface

Gunite is made with sand and gravel, which can make the pool surface feel rough.

Cost to Install a Gunite Pool

The cost of installing a gunite swimming pool depends on the design and custom features. Also, consider plumbing costs and energy-efficient equipment. The cost of a project is dependent on its location and the excavation. You will need to build retaining walls if your backyard is steep. Nobody should compromise on the pool of their dreams. Aqua Blue Pools & Spas offers a range of financing options for pool construction.

What is a "freeform" pool?

A freeform pool can be described as a swimming pool with no specific shape. A freeform pool has the advantage of being able to be designed to fit the landscaping of your yard.

What are the differences between inground and above-ground pools?

There are many types of inground pools.

1) Fiberglass pools: These pre-made, moldable shells can be installed in your backyard. Fiberglass pools are a popular choice as they are less expensive than concrete and vinyl liner pools and require less maintenance. They are not as customizable as other in-ground pool types.
2) Vinyl liner pools: This pool has a vinyl liner installed over steel, aluminum, or fiberglass frame. These are a popular choice due to their low cost and ease of installation. The liner must be replaced every few years, which can increase the cost of ownership.
3) Concrete pools: These in-ground pools are the most costly and durable. Concrete can be made into any size or shape you like, giving you complete control over the design of your pool. Concrete is more maintenance-intensive than other in-ground pools and requires more chemicals and labor.

What is the cost of a small inground swimming pool?

Inground pools can be expensive. How much will a small inground swimming pool cost? A small inground pool’s price can vary depending on the size and features you choose. A small inground pool should cost between $10,000 and $20,000. If you are thinking about adding an inground pool to your house, expect to spend between $10k and $20k. It’ll be well worth it when your own oasis is available.

What is the cost of an automatic pool?

How much does an automatic pool cover run? The average  Hydura pool cover cost between $10,000 and $15,000 depending on the add-ons and size of the pool.

How long can a pool last?

There are many factors that affect the life expectancy of a pool. Above ground, pools are more durable than inground pools. Vinyl liners can be used for up to 20 years. However, you will need to replace them approximately every 10 years. Gunite can last for over 25 years with proper maintenance, while fiberglass pools can last up to 30 years.

Contact Aqua Blue Custom Pools for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation

To learn more about the pool options and custom features available to you, schedule a free no, obligation consultation and estimate at one of our franchise locations.