Are you looking for high-quality Houston TX gunite pool options? JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. works with homeowners and pool building companies to bring the backyard dreams of Houstonians to life! Call our Houston office at (713) 729-5014 to learn more about what we can do for you!
What Is Gunite?
Gunite is a form of sprayable concrete. It is made up of a mixture of sand and dry concrete. Water is added to the mixture as it is sprayed from a high-pressure hose, and the resulting product is a quick-drying thick section of your pool’s concrete shell.
There are two popular forms of sprayable concrete – gunite and shotcrete. JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. offers both types, but we typically recommend the use of gunite.
The main difference between the two is the additives found in shotcrete. This second mixture is made up of sand, a wet mix of cement, gravel, and accelerating additives.
Both forms are more cost-effective and flexible than regular concrete, but gunite is more time-effective and easier to manipulate. This allows us to commit to our high standard of pool construction quality.
Houston TX Gunite Pool Construction Process
Step 1 – Pool Site Excavation
Before your pool designs can begin to take shape, the area it will occupy needs to be cleared. Expert excavators will carve a large hole out of the existing soil. This hole needs to be large enough to contain the shell of your pool once it is built, so it may be larger than you expect.
Step 2 – Building The Framework
Once the large hole is measured and carved out, the crew will build a wooden framework representing the perimeter of your pool. This perimeter will include any above-ground pool, spa, deck, or patio areas.
Step 3 – Prepare For Plumbing
Next, the remaining soil is leveled out, and crushed stone is laid on top of it. Piping is then measured, fitted, and prepared for installation.
Step 4 – Plumbing Installation
After all the piping is measured and ready to go, the crew installs it. Other equipment, including the skimmers, drains, returns, and specialty items are installed in this stage as well.
Step 5 – Steel Grid
Finally, it’s time for your vision to take shape. The crew creates a grid of steel bars that will support the concrete shell of your pool and give it its unique shape.
Step 6 – Concrete Floor
This concrete base is built to establish security, durability, and longevity for your pool as it nears completion.
Step 7 – Gunite Spraying
During this stage, experienced crewmen will spray gunite along the steel grid to form the shell of your pool. This shell will have to set and cure for several days before finishing touches can be added.
Finishing Touches And Customization
After the gunite properly cures, it’s time for finishing touches. A water-proofing finishing layer of plaster is added to the shell and surfaced to your desired texture. You can then add optional finishing touches such as coping or colored tile.
Gunite Pools Are Versatile And Individualized
The main benefit of using sprayed concretes like gunite is the added flexibility in your design process. Gunite pool shells can take on any shape you can dream of.
Are you aiming for a modern look? Something geometric and defined by clean lines?
Or maybe you’re more interested in a gently flowing free-form style pool and spa instead? Gentle sloping curves and sharp, exact lines are no challenge for experts using this material. Because of this, the shape, style, and finishing touches of your Houston TX gunite pool are totally customizable to your tastes and needs.
Gunite Pools Are Durable And Long-Lasting
Pools built using gunite are built to last for decades. One main benefit of gunite, when compared to the use of regular cement, is the significantly lower likelihood of cracks or shrinkage with weather changes.
Gunite pools cure for several days before the finishing plaster layer is added. This allows the completed shell to completely set and prevent costly future repairs.
Salt Water VS Chlorine
It is very important to consider the level of maintenance and annual cost these different pool systems will have.
Saltwater pools typically cost less in maintenance chemicals annually but can wear down your pool’s surface more quickly than chlorine typically will. Saltwater pools are also more likely to stain.
Because gunite pools typically have rougher surfaces, to begin with, it is not recommended to use salt water in a pool with a gunite shell. This tendency, combined with the increased likelihood of staining, means greater future costs. You will need to invest in resurfacing your pool more frequently, thereby making saltwater a more expensive choice in the long run.
Our expert team will help you make this choice along with your other customizable choices during your design process.
Gunite pools have many benefits, including versatility and durability. Whether you are wanting a geometric modern style pool or flowing free-form style pool, our gunite pool experts can design it for you today! Add custom features like coping, tile, waterfalls, spas, or tanning ledges. We can add these features to an existing pool. No job is too big or too small.
If you are looking to remodel a swimming pool in the greater Houston area, JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. is the contractor you should trust. After over 20 years serving the Houston area, we have the knowledge, equipment, and experience to help you bring your backyard dreams to life!
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From minor repairs to full renovations, call JR Pool Plastering and Texas Gunite Ltd. for all of your Houston TX gunite pool needs today!
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