Concrete is a well-known construction material. More often than not, it comes in two forms, shotcrete, and gunite. Gunite is a mixture of sand, cement, and water mixed during application. On the other hand, concrete is a combination of sand, water, cement, and gravel. These two materials have slightly different compositions. At the same time, they are quite similar. One common question that pool owners ask is, “Is Gunite stronger than concrete?”
Industry professionals report that gunite has strength of approximately 7500 to 9000 psi. On the flip side, concrete is about 7000 psi strong. However, there is another form of concrete that measures over 14000 psi. It is popularly known as high strength concrete. So, standard gunite is slightly stronger than standard concrete. The difference is small. It would be best if you didn’t overrule concrete pools due to the strength factor. Both of these materials are highly robust and offer high durability. It would be best if you analyze your pool needs and other factors.
Aside from using these materials for constructing your pool, you can also use concrete. Concrete is also a construction material that contains both large and fine particles. Some of the advantages of using concrete as a pool construction material include:
Concrete is a ready-made mixture of sand, water, cement, and gravel/ stone. So, it offers an easy time during construction. With gunite, you’ll still have to identify the right percentage of water to incorporate during application. So, contractors may take longer when constructing gunite pools.
Since it is easier to construct using gunite, you may take a shorter time during concrete installation.
Both of these materials are very robust and offer high longevity. However, gunite is more flexible and can accommodate a broad spectrum of pool designs. All in all, both materials offer several advantages and disadvantages. So, before settling for particular construction material, always consider all your pool needs.
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