Pool | 02/12/14

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When it comes to the vast array of different pool materials available for the construction of a swimming pool, one of the top choices out there is a gunite pool.  Wondering if gunite is right for you?  We’ll first talk about what is a gunite pool and why it may or not be the best option for you.

What Is Gunite?

Gunite is a form of concrete that’s sprayed via a “dry mix method” as opposed to a more traditional wet-mixed method.  Gunite arrives to a homeowners property in the form of a dry mix.  This dry mix is then pumped through a hose, and at the tip or nozzle just enough water is added so that a strong and durable material that can be applied to a number of free form and custom designs is created.

The Benefits of a Gunite Pool

Of all of the different pool materials construction options, gunite arguably offers the most benefits, starting with:

  • Durability: When properly cared for, gunite can last for several decades
  • High Compressive Strengths: Gunite has the highest compressive strength of all pool materials, being able to withstand anywhere from 7500 to 9000 psi
  • Fewer Joints:  Due to gunite having a very low water volume, there is a reduced volume change in water hydration.  This allows for fewer joints to be in the pool, which is ideal for optimal pool design and construction
  • Diverse Application Possibilities:  Given that gunite can be sprayed pretty much anywhere, it’s a great option for anyone who has created their own free form pool design.  It also allows for a number of customized design features

As an additional consideration, though not so much a worry in Arizona, in climates where freezing and thawing occurs, gunite can crack and stain if it isn’t properly reinforced with additional support and concrete.

Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.