Gunite Pool – A Popular Choice
If you’re thinking about getting a pool on your property, it’s important to know what your options are. Gunite pools are a popular choice for a number of reasons, however, you should know the facts about gunite pool construction and repair before you decide if this pool type is right for you and your family. Gunite pools allow you to be flexible when it comes to your pool design, so learning more about gunite and its benefits can be quite beneficial.
The Basics of Gunite Pool Construction
Gunite pools are known for having a strong structure and are a mixture of cement, sand, and water. This combination is applied using a high-pressure hose. As the gunite mixture dries, it becomes extremely hard and durable. Gunite has been used for years to build pools. It is usually paired with another extremely strong material like steel. Once the gunite structure is formed, it is finished with a coat of plaster. In some cases, plaster is also used in gunite pool resurfacing.
When a gunite pool is constructed in your yard, a hole has to be excavated in the area where you want the pool. You’ll also need to have a steel bar network installed by a professional crew. This is called a rebar. Additional steel is placed on the areas of the pool that need reinforcement, like the raised wall or deep end of the pool. The steel bars are constructed in the shape of a cage. The cage is raised on concrete blocks so that the bars don’t touch the soil. When the cage is built on top of concrete blocks, there’s lots of space that can be filled in with fresh gunite.
Once the steel bar structure is in place, the pool is now ready for gunite. A professional crew will spray the gunite blend at high speed onto the steel bars across the pool, which provides a dense floor and a series of walls for the pool. Plaster is then applied after the gunite dries, which makes the pool even stronger.
Gunite Pool Maintenance and Repair
Finally, once your gunite pool is installed, you’ll need to keep it looking great, which means getting the details on gunite pool maintenance. One of the first things you’ll need to do is remove all the items from the pool and drain the water so that it’s only ¼ of the depth of the pool. If you backwash the pool filters, you can drain the pool pretty quickly. Use a pool brush to clean the bottom and sides of the pool and be sure to brush downward toward the pool drain when cleaning.
When it comes to gunite pool repair, it’s important to choose a professional company that you can trust. A professional team that has earned great reviews is always a plus, and you should also be certain that the pool builder you choose to repair your pool has extensive experience to ensure that you’re satisfied with the results. Atlantic Pool & Spa is just that company. Give us a call or contact us here to learn more. We are located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ, and design and construct amazing gunite pools to Bergen, Warren, Sussex and Morris County.