Shotcrete

 

Pacific NW Pools team installing shot­crete on the
rebar frame as we build a gunite pool.

 

 If you have a dream of installing a swim­ming pool in your back­yard, you prob­a­bly already know that there are many types to choose from. The stan­dard for most res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial pools—and the one that we design and build—is the gunite swim­ming pool. These are highly durable and can be cre­ated in just about any shape. To build a gunite pool, we start with a rebar frame­work that we spray over with a con­crete and sand mixture.

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Fiber­glass and vinyl liner pools are less expen­sive and quicker to install than gunite.. How­ever, where gunite shines is in the area of design. You can choose smooth curves, sharp angles, or both, for a beau­ti­ful swim­ming pool, to fit your bud­get, yard, and lifestyle.

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And because gunite pools are sta­ble, steel-reinforced con­crete struc­tures that hold water and stand the test of time, they are a far more last­ing option than fiber­glass and vinyl. The key to its per­for­mance lies in its ten­sile strength—its abil­ity to endure exter­nal force until it is compromised.

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Gunite is also flex­i­ble. Which is handy when it comes to shift­ing ground. Soil under and around a pool con­tracts and expands due to com­paction, water intru­sion, freez­ing and thaw­ing, and dry con­di­tions like drought.Not to men­tion earthquakes—which are a fac­tor here in the North­west. The struc­ture of a pool has to be able to move and expand—with­out cracking.

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That’s why we swear by gunite—and you will, too.

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Ques­tions about build­ing your Port­land area gunite swim­ming pool?  Give us a call.

 

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