Usually, gunite pools are also known as concrete pools. However calling a gunite pool or a shotcrete pool a concrete pool is statement brings forth a controversy. If gunite pools are the same as concrete pools, are shotcrete pools the same as gunite pools? The key question should be “What is Shotcrete”?
In this article, we focus on the differences between gunite and shotcrete pools. But first, let us explain the definination of concrete. Concrete is a combination of sand, cement, water, and a course aggregation of gravel and stone. The original combination is generally comprised of sand cement, and aggregate and how the contractor mixes water dictates whether it will be gunite or shotcrete.
In basic terms, shotcrete refers to the whole mixture inclusive of water. Typically, when delivered during pool construction, shotcrete is already premixed and combined with water. On the other hand, gunite is the dry mix concrete; it does not contain water when inserted in delivery equipment, but gunite pool contractors add water to the dry mixture during the gunite shooting process.
As seen in the first paragraph, concrete pools can be gunite or shotcrete, depending on the homeowner’s preference. The only distinction occurs when concrete comes in contact with water and how the water combines with it. Shotcrete is a wet mix of concrete that is already combined with water before it comes out through the delivery equipment. On the flip side, gunite is concrete that has not mixed with water before it gets shot out through a hose pipe. The material combines with water at the end of the hose during the spraying process.
Therefore, the creation of concrete and gunite pools is more or less the same. Both are from concrete. But how are concrete pools constructed? Below are the steps for a concrete pool construction process:
How is gunite application conducted? Gunite builders place the dry concrete into the delivery equipment, probably a hose pipe. The professionals incorporate compressed air to transport the dry mix to the end of the hose pipe. Here, it combines with water. Afterward, spraying of gunite takes place at high speed, thus presses down the surface material.
Quite the contrary, shotcrete entails placing the combined mixture in the delivery equipment. Afterward, compressed air transports the wet mix to the hose nozzle, where it quickly sprays onto the material on the surface.
Gunite contains several advantages which include:
Ultimately, it is essential to get advice from your pool contractor. Both concrete and gunite pools are good if pool builders construct them correctly. Before settling for a specific option, compare the gunite, shotcrete, and concrete pools to identify what works best.
Average cost for a Gunite Pool: Gunite pools usually cost from $45,000–$85,000 to start. Even though expensive, they have the lowest maintenance costs, thus typically saving homeowners significantly over the lifetime of ownership on service & maintenance. This is something that many homeowners consider an attractive feature and why many wind up considering a gunite pool over other options.
Furthermore, concrete pool shapes and sizes are mostly improvised according to an individual’s needs. Thus, you are more likely to find precisely what you are looking for. Besides, concrete pools provide incredible views for your backyard and last for a long time with less or no issues. The concrete pool building process usually takes a maximum of six months, with fiberglass installation taking a maximum of 6 weeks.
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