What is a Gunite Pool?

When shopping around for pools, you may find yourself overrun with options. There are fiberglass pools, vinyl pools, and gunite pools, among others. How do you find out what all that means and what the difference is between each style? The amount of information available can make your decision feel overwhelming or confusing; however, it doesn’t have to be!

Sanchez Pools builds custom gunite pools for our customers. Since many people are uncertain of what a gunite pool entails, we’ve broken it down to make it easier to understand.

Gunite pools are one of the most popular types of pool in the US. This is largely due to the flexibility offered by gunite pools. Gunite is very versatile and when made with this material, your pool can be built with almost any size, shape, and depth. You can design your pool based on your budget and the layout of your yard. They’re also extremely customizable in terms of embellishments and features. You can surround your pool with a patio, stacked rocks, or raised planters. Many people add decorative elements like waterfalls, cabanas, and fountains. Installing underwater benches or jump rocks is also easily done.

The construction of a gunite pool is relatively simple but typically does take longer than a fiberglass or above-ground pool. After the size and layout are determined, the yard space will be excavated and the pool will be dug out of the ground. A steel rod (rebar) framework is secured with wire to hold the shape and is then sprayed with a heavy coating of gunite (a mixture of cement and sand). Once set, the walls and floor of the pool are plastered over to form a shell, making them waterproof and solidly setting the pool in place.

This system of construction is what makes gunite pools so durable. Often the plaster can last 15 years if properly cared for and maintained. As stated before, this process does mean that gunite pools take longer to install than fiberglass pools (construction typically takes several weeks from start to finish). However, structurally speaking, gunite is so strong that most pool owners agree it’s worth the wait. The gunite and plaster coating also makes your pool less prone to leaks than those with a liner.

If the many advantages offered by a gunite pool have you convinced it’s the ideal style for you, you can call a professional builder like Sanchez Pools to get started. A qualified pool contractor can also help you with the layout and design if you’re not sure what would work best.


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