The Beginner's Guide to Gunite Pools

Spring is quickly approaching which means pool season is right around the corner! Designing your backyard escape can be a fun and exciting process that showcases your style and creativity, but it’s also important to know the facts. Gunite pools are widely known for their versatility in shape and accessories as well as their durability. Because of this, gunite is the most common pool type seen at many resorts, and now, homes. Before deciding on your material, learn a little more about this unique pool process and the future maintenance involved in protecting your investment.

Design

The first step to any pool is a vision. Maybe watching HGTV gave you this incredible idea for your new pool, scrolling through Pinterest gave you your color scheme, and this great magazine just came in with this incredible hot tub that you MUST have! Your inspiration can come from anywhere – media, the environment, a restaurant, your favorite store. Whatever it may be, jot it down!

When it’s time to design your backyard, you want to remember everything that influenced you to create this retreat. Once your inspiration is collected, start creating a design. Map out all the details to guide your pool builder when he/she is creating the layout.

  •  Size
  •  Shape
  •  Material
  •  Pool finish
  •  Coping
  •  Add-ons

Your builder will be able to create the measurements and an official blueprint for your pool, bringing your vision to life.

Installation

Installation of your new pool will begin with the digging of your pool shape and installation of the iron rebar. This is where all your planning and designing will pay off. The rebar framework creates a grid around the perimeter of your pool and/or spa to reinforce the structure. You’ll begin to see your vision come to life as your pool builder sprays a heavy coating of gunite around the rebar. Gunite is a mixture of cement and sand that is mixed with water in the sprayer right before applying it to your pool. The gunite is then smoothed and left to set.

Once set, your pool finish will be applied to your custom designed backyard. Plaster is the most common finish due to its wide-range of color options to match your poolscape. If you’re interested in a more high end and unique look, having a pebbled or tiled finish may be more your style. These also come in a wide-range of options differing in size, pattern, and color. Deciding on just one option can be difficult, so don’t be afraid to mix and match! Adding tile accents to your plaster finish can create interest and add a pop of color.

Maintenance

Your swimming pool is everything you imagined and was the perfect addition to your otherwise bland backyard. You’ve created the perfect place to daydream, staycation, and the best background for all your backyard barbeques. Now what?

As the proud owner of a gunite pool, there are a few things you need to remember when maintaining this addition. Because of its porous surface, your pool will be more prone to algae growth. To counter this, you will find yourself using more chemicals and filtration as well as brushing your pool more often to remove any algae. Make sure to take the added cost of chemicals and time (if cleaning the pool yourself) into consideration when deciding on a type of pool. With that exception, maintenance is simple. Standard swimming pool upkeep will keep your pool running smoothly, and draining your pool for a total scrub down will be a breeze. The sturdy structure of a gunite pool will maintain its original shape whereas vinyl pools run the risk of the structure collapsing.

If you think a gunite swimming pool is right for you, get started by designing your pool, and receive an estimate from a pool professional today.