Gunite Pool Information

A gunite pool is a concrete pool where the water is added as the cement is applied. The gunite pool uses a rebar framework that is sprayed with a concrete and sand mixture. The sprayer unit combines a dry, gunite mixture of concrete and sand with water just before spraying. There are a variety of finishes including all-tile, pebble, granite, and colored plaster. Gunite pools are durable and can be built in any shape and size.

A gunite pool should be resurfaced proactively. If left too long, damages on the pool surface can lead to leaks and cracks in the pool structure. A cement/plaster pool will need to be resurfaced every 3-7 years. However, a fiberglass pool is far more durable and can last 15-30 years between resurfacing.

Gunite pools can be customized to complement your home and your backyard. The method of construction of a gunite pool creates little restriction on the size or shape of the pool and allows endless pool designs and variety of finishes. The surface of the new pool can be finished with tile, pebble, granite, colored plaster or glass. The endless possibilities for the designs of gunite pools make them a top choice for many home owners today.

The length of time it takes to complete installing a gunite pool can vary depending on the size of the pool. It takes approximately six to eight weeks to install a gunite pool. Constructing the pool takes 14-21 working days. This includes the time allowed for other sub-contractors involved (electricians, masons, landscapers, plumbers, etc.), to complete their work on the pool. Concrete requires approximately one week drying time. However, actual time taken may vary from case to case.

* Test the pool water with a swimming pool test kit for algae, mold or germs.
* While the pump is on, apply shock to the pool for about 8 hours.
* Apply algaecide to fight algae growth in the water.
* Set the pump to backwash the water so that it cleans the pump and the filter.
* Drain out water from the pool to about 6 inches below the skimmer.
* Using a shop vacblow out the water from the pool hoses.
* Cover the pool with a durable pool cover.

To clean a stained gunite pool, follow the steps below:

- Identify the location of the stain(s). They are usually found near the top edge or just a few inches below the water line.
- Drain water out of the pool to expose the stains.
- Prepare muriatic acid solution as instructed in the container. Apply the muriatic acid - solution thoroughly into the spot.
Scrub the stains by using a polyester-nylon blend bristle brush.

Yes, a cracked gunite pool can be repaired.The following steps describe how to repair a cracked gunite pool:

- Dry the pool and sweep any loose dirt form the cracked area.
- Use a grinder with a diamond blade and under low setting place it in the crack. Move the grinder around the crack until it is a few inches deep and wide.
- Use a rag to wipe out dust.
- Wet the area with the hose.
- Mix three parts cement and two parts white sand with one part water in a bucket.
- Use a putty knife to line the walls of the crack with the mixture.
- Fill the crack entirely with the mixture.
- Smooth the top using a trowel.
- Once dry, complete the plaster coat over the surface.

- Pools with white plaster—light blue, light gray and medium gray.
- Quartz pool plaster—red, beige and soft green, to multiple shades of gray and blue.
- Aggregate pool finishes—medium blue, light blue, black, dark blue and medium gray are the most popular aggregate colors.

Gunite pools use a rebar framework that is sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture that makes the pool exceedingly durable.