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How Do You Build A Gunite Pool?

Currently, gunite pools are popular due to their high versatility and durability. Homeowners can highly customize gunite pools to fit all their needs and requirements. In fact, most world-class pools are gunite pools. If you plan to build a gunite pool, it is essential to understand the construction process.

How Do You Build A Gunite Pool?

How to build a pool gunite pool in your backyard space #

Build a gunite pool: Come up with the pool design #

Before you build a gunite pool, the first thing to do is develop a suitable pool design. Most pool contractors will suggest a wide range of pool design options based on your needs. So, ensure you hire a reliable pool contractor.

Excavation #

Once you settle for a particular design, pool contractors begin construction. First, they have to create a pool space through excavation.

Create the rebar #

Then, a rebar framework gets installed to create the foundation of the pool. Generally, the rebar framework is a robust steel structure meant to hold the pool.

Pool plumbing #

Afterward, pool contractors conduct pool plumbing. Here, all the electrical cables get installed. This process ensures efficient functioning of the pool pumps, filters among other pool equipment. If you take part in a DIY pool project, you have to be careful during this stage. Pool plumbing should get done correctly to prevent long-term pool problems.

Building an Inground Pool Shell - Photo Credit: Element Pool Company - San Antonio Pool Builders
Building an Inground Pool Shell – Photo Credit: Element Pool Company – San Antonio Pool Builders

Create the pool shell #

After pool plumbing is over, gunite gets sprayed over the rebar framework at high pressure using a hose. Typically, gunite is a mixture of water, cement, and sand. However, the combination of sand and cement comes into contact with water during application at the hose’s nozzle. That is what sets gunite apart from shotcrete. Make sure the gunite complements the shape of the pool. Then, please leave it to cure for about 28 days or more.

Tile & coping #

After several weeks, you can proceed with pool construction. Since the gunite has already cured, you can start putting in place the pool tiles. Nowadays, there is a wide range of pool tiles you can select. It all depends on your taste and budget. However, ensure that the tiles are slip-resistant and boost your pool’s aesthetics. Additionally, there is a broad spectrum of pool coping you can incorporate.

Finishing the pool #

Once the tile and the coping process is complete, apply finishing material. Some of the popular finishing materials today include plaster, aggregate, and ceramic tiles. Each has unique configurations and enhances your pool’s appealing nature. Often, new pool owners go for plaster. The plaster is affordable and attractive. But if your desire to go for a high end looks, a ceramic or glass finish might be a good alternative for you.

Build a gunite pool in your backyard! #

Homeowners who build gunite pools enjoy a wide range of benefits. Even though it might take a long time to build a gunite pool, the results are worth it.

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