Are you searching for Houston TX gunite pool repair? Is your gunite pool leaking? Is your surface cracked, discolored, or too rough on your feet? The gunite pool experts at JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. are here to help! Call your local gunite experts at (713) 729-5014 today.
What Is Gunite?
Gunite is one of two commonly used types of sprayable cement. The second being shotcrete.
Gunite is a combination of dry cement mix and sand. This is sprayed onto a grid of steel bars from a high-pressure hose as water is added. The resulting structure forms the sturdy shell of your gunite pool.
The greatest benefit of either sprayable cement is the added flexibility it offers the design process.
Common Reasons To Need Houston TX Gunite Pool Repair
The three most common reasons people need a Houston TX gunite pool repair are cracks, leaks, and the surface of their pool has become too rough.
Cracks are caused by a variety of reasons, including pressure changes, temperature changes, earthquakes, and shifting soil. JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. combats cracks in two ways.
Firstly, we prefer to use sprayable forms of cement, like shotcrete and gunite. These cement types are more flexible, durable, and cost-effective than regular cement. Gunite is especially resistant to temperature and pressure change related cracks.
Secondly, we pour concrete blocks that hold the shell of your pool in place and prevent cracks that could come from shifting soil.
Leaks can result from these cracks or shifting soil. Many leaks cannot be fixed by patching the shell or plaster of your pool. Many will have to be resolved through plumbing repairs. This often involves the removal of sections of your pool shell or the surrounding concrete.
One way to combat rough surfaces without completely resurfacing or replastering is to remove any existing buildup of calcium deposits. These deposits are caused by low chlorine levels, and two warning signs include algae growth and murky water. JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. can identify these deposits and remove them with an acid wash. If the surface is still too rough, we can then discuss your resurfacing options.
Repair Process For Cracks
First, your pool must be drained, and all debris must be removed. We need a clean and dry surface to ensure the best possible quality result.
Second, we will fabricate custom staples to prevent the crack from widening further.
Next, the crack will be brushed with cement paste, which will quickly be covered with one of two types of dry pack mortar. A rapid-set mortar mix will be used for thin cracks, while a rapid-set concrete mix will be used for larger or thicker cracks.
The mixture will then rest and dry during a setting stage.
Following the setting stage, your gunite pool shell will be replastered and then resurfaced as desired.
The Perfect Time For Renovations
If we are repairing any leaks, cracks, or plumbing issues in your gunite pool, this is a perfect opportunity to make any additions or renovations you may be considering.
Do you wish you had invested in a waterfall with a beautiful stone or tile backdrop? Or maybe an above-ground spa with relaxing massage jets? Perhaps you would like to extend your pool?
Have your needs changed? Do you have children, disabled loved ones, or pets who would love to use your pool? We could help you design accommodating features like a shallow ledge or steps that suit your specific needs. Do you have a loved one who is Deaf or hard of hearing? We can discuss your installation options for lights you could flash when you need to get their attention.
All of these upgrades and renovations can easily be made during your repair and resurfacing process.
Gunite Pool Resurfacing Options
After completing any necessary repairs, you will need to replaster and resurface your gunite pool.
Because of the rougher nature of concrete pool shells, we recommend considering smoother pool finish options that combat this.
If you enjoy the look and texture marcite and other plasters provide, we recommend selecting one of the more durable plasters on the market like Wet Edge’s Altima or Luna Quartz plaster finishes. These plasters replace some or all of the commonly used marble sand with the more durable quartz sand. Altima replaces 35% of the sand, and so retains almost an identical look and feel to marcite with increased durability and longevity.
Wet Edge’s Luna Quartz plaster replaces 100% of the marble sand with quartz sand. This provides a unique speckled finish that is highly resistant to cracking and chipping. It also helps fight the tendency concrete has to absorb stains or show discoloration.
If you are interested in hearing more about your smooth-textured options, call our office to speak to one of our Wet Edge experts. They can tell you about your polished and pebbled finish options.
The most luxurious option available is Serenity Stone. Meant to mimic the bottom of a riverbed, this premium pebble finish combines medium and large-sized pebbles with colored glass beads and richly pigmented cement. This beautiful finish comes in 6 color options ranging from Radiant Sky to Midnight Meditation.
Another personalized pool finishing option you have is coping. Coping is the ring of tile or stone laid around the edge of your pool. This can be on the inside top edge or only around the outside. Tile and stone are both common materials. Tile is more colorful but less durable. It is more likely to chip or crack than stone or exposed aggregate.
Coping of any kind offers your gunite pool 3 main benefits:
- It further supports the gunite’s ability to withstand cracking commonly seen in cement pool shells after major weather or pressure changes.
- The scum ring that often forms at a pool’s waterline becomes less noticeable.
- It does not absorb as much heat as cement or other materials, thereby protecting your skin on hot days when you lean against the edge of your pool or walk barefoot around the edge of your pool.
For more information about your gunite pool repair, renovation, and refinishing options, call our Houston office at (713) 729-5014. Make us the contractor for all of your Houston TX gunite pool repair needs today!
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