Gunite Construction

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A gunite pool in the rebar phase of construction.

Excavation & Rebar Setup

The pool will be dug in accordance with the specifications in your contract and according to the drawing you have been working hard at fine tuning. The Rough Plumbing is put in at this time also.

We use #3 rebar 8” on center through-out; 4”on center after 7’ Depth and #4 rebar at the bond beam (rim of the pool). This is the backbone of your pool structure.

Gunite being shot into the walls of a pool.

Shooting the Gunite

Our Gunite is a Concrete & Gravel Mixture and it is shot onto the floor and the walls of the pool while the crew shapes it into the form of your pool. At the end of this process the Floor is a minimum of 10” thick, the Walls a minimum of 8” thick and the Bond Beam is 12” thick. This makes for a strong Pool Structure. The pool is now plumbed to the Equipment Pad and pressurized through-out the entire Building Process.

Workers applying tile to a gunite pool.

Tile, Coping & Decking

The Tile & Coping process takes 1 to 2 days depending on the extent of work you have chosen for your pool. They lay the brick, travertine or flagstone coping and grout it; then they lay the waterline tile all according to what you have chosen with the help of your pool designer.

Concrete decking comes next – the concrete guy lays out the decking according to the drawing we did at the beginning of this process. That doesn’t mean that the deck has to be this way; you will be able to look at it and change the lay out according to how you want it.

There are several different finishes for the decking to choose from. Brushed concrete (Broom Finished), Spray Deck, Stamped Concrete, Travertine or Pavers.

At this point we are 30 to 45 days into “Our Process” which is how long it takes for the Gunite to Cure. We are now able to do the Plastering and set the Equipment.

Plastering

We use an exposed aggregate for the surface of your pool, the color is chosen during the Design Process. Aggregate is a Plaster product with tiny quartz colored pebbles in it to enhance the color of the water. It has a 10 year warranty and it is a 3M product.

The completed gunite pool filled with water.

Pool Fill

Once the gunite pool is plastered, the water will be started from your water hose into the pool. In some cases, another water source may be needed to fill. Do Not Turn the Water Off until it is in the middle of the skimmer.

Once the pool is filled one of our technicians will come out and start the pool equipment, brush the pool to expose the aggregate, balance the water when ready, and clean the pool. At this time any slides, diving boards, or any extras will be installed.

Orientation

The pool technician will schedule an appointment with you and your family to show you how all the equipment works. We offer free water analysis to help you maintain your pool in our store.  

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