Long-Lasting Gunite Pools in Franklin, TN

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What is a Gunite Pool?

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The most popular type of material to build a pool is concrete. Concrete pools are durable, long lasting, and made to fit any shape or size. There are two main types of concretes used for swimming pools: gunite and shotcrete.

Gunite and shotcrete are both dryer forms of concrete that are sprayed onto a surface. The main difference between the two has to do with when the water is added.

Shotcrete comes pre-mixed with water. The pre-mixed concrete is added to a hopper, sent through a hose with high pressure, and dispensed onto the surface.

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Gunite is different because the water is not added until the last minute before the concrete is dispensed onto the surface. The dry mixture of sand and cement are inserted into the hopper and sent down the hose in the same way as shotcrete. However, when the dry mixture reaches the end of the hose the water is added before leaving the spout and covering the surface.

With both gunite and shotcrete, the pressure from the hose compresses the ingredients which allow it to stick to the surface and then expand.

What is a Gunite Pool?

Building an in-ground pool can take up to several weeks and even months to complete depending on the size. One of the main advantages to gunite is that you can stop the application, return the next day, and continue spraying without creating cracks or odd-looking finishes.

Because gunite is dispensed at such a great force, the new will bond to the old without creating a cold joint. Unlike fiberglass pools, gunite pools can be made on-site which allows for more flexibility and is easier to install.

Gunite pools are incredibly durable and do not require a liner. This allows the pool to look better and retain its shape over time. One of the main disadvantages of a gunite pool is the time it takes to install the pool from start to finish.