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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s why we swear by gunite—and you will, too.
Questions about building your Portland area gunite swimming pool? Give us a call.
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