This month, we continue with our blog discussion of what a gunite pool is and how its constructed.
The construction of a gunite pool starts with excavation using heavy machinery to create a hole matching the desired depth, width, shape, and size of the pool. After the area is prepared, the next step involves setting up the pool’s plumbing and reinforcing the walls and floor with steel rebar, forming a robust framework for the application of gunite. Unlike other concrete forms like shotcrete, which may not bond effectively when applied in stages, leading to structural issues or aesthetic flaws, gunite concrete is unique. Its high-pressure application and late-stage water mixing allow skilled nozzle operators to apply gunite over several days without compromising the pool’s structural integrity or appearance.
How Long Does Gunite Pools Need to Cure?
After the gunite process is complete, the concrete must undergo a curing period before the pool can be filled with water. This curing process typically lasts about one month, which allows the particles and molecules in the concrete mixture to fully bond, achieving maximum strength and durability. While it’s feasible to apply additional layers of gunite during this curing phase, doing so can prolong the overall curing duration. Therefore, most gunite pool builders aim to finish the gunite application swiftly to avoid extended curing times. Additionally, adverse weather conditions can disrupt the curing process.
The Finishing Touches of a Gunite Pool
The exterior of a fully cured gunite swimming pool is usually covered with materials like plaster, tile, or other finishing options to ensure a uniform surface texture and color. This step often occurs at least a month after the final gunite application. During this curing period, the pool builder typically installs coping around the pool’s edge and constructs the patio area. Additionally, while waiting for the gunite to cure, the builder might also work on installing various add-ons and accessories included in the pool project. These can include fencing, retaining walls, landscaping, and external water features that don’t need to be integrated within the pool itself.
How Long Does It Take to Build a Gunite Pool?
The entire process of constructing a gunite pool typically spans three to six months. However, recent shortages of supplies and labor may extend the construction schedule. Because gunite pools can be customized to any size, shape, and depth, with just about any feature imaginable, estimating a timeline without knowing the details is challenging. Additionally, costs vary from state to state and are based on the size, complexity, and materials used.
Maintaining Your Gunite Pool
All pools require maintenance. On average, gunite pools maintain their original finish for 10-15 years, depending on maintenance quality, whether indoors, and exposure to extreme temperature changes, among other factors.
Generally, the most significant costs for maintaining a pool are related to chemicals and electricity for heating more than any other expenses. However, the initial expense for acid washing or replastering services can also be substantial.
If you are considering a new inground pool or renovating or repairing your current pool, now is the time to research and find a qualified gunite expert, such as Pound Pool Plastering. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your upcoming project!
Pound Pool Plastering services residential and commercial pools in applying a wide variety of pool plaster finishes and complete renovations. We offer Diamond Brite, Sunstone, Hydrazzo, and Marcite – and a great selection of tile choices and coping stones. Owner Dale Pound personally oversees each pool project to ensure the highest quality is delivered. Call or email us for a free estimate.