What Is A Gunite Swimming Pool?
In simple terms, a gunite swimming pool is a concrete pool that has been built with pneumatically placed concrete (applied under pressure). When we say gunite, we’re referring to a combination of cement, aggregate, and water. In this article we’ll provide more detail about gunite and why it’s the popular choice among swimming pool contractors.
Gunite has been used in the construction industry since the early 1900’s, having been utilized in the construction of tunnels, bridges and the like. The high pressure application results in a concrete product that’s not only superior in strength to poured in place concrete but also is watertight.
Given this unique method of placement, gunite swimming pools can be constructed in virtually any shape and size. The concrete can be applied horizontally, vertically, or even upward to form a ceiling when desired, permitting the creation of caves and waterfalls.
The versatility and durability of gunite makes it the concrete application of choice for 80% of all swimming pool contractors today.
Building a Gunite Swimming Pool
We thought it’d also be helpful to explain our process for building a gunite pool. At a high level, the process goes as follows:
- place outer forms
- excavate the area where the pool is to be built
- install a gridwork of steel
- apply gunite around the steel under high pressure
We hope that this article provided you more information about gunite pools. Please feel free to ask any additional questions by leaving a comment below.