Gunite Pools

The construction of gunite pools often refers to the pneumatical application of a “concrete mixture” that forms a thick, durable pool shell that will last for years to come. Let’s explore everything there is to know about inground gunite pools.

Inground Gunite Pools

Let’s explore the main reasons to choose a gunite pool.

High Level of Customization

Regardless of the size and shape of your backyard, you can choose beautiful pool designs and themes. Whether it is soft curves or a modern silhouette with sharp angles, gunite delivers on all fronts.

For example, you can build a flowing, amoeba-like freeform gunite swimming pool or dramatically wrap a geometric shape to fit around the perimeter of your backyard space. The freedom to tailor a gunite pool is perhaps its biggest appeal.

Durability and Reliability

Gunite pools are highly durable and long-lasting. This material is also perceived to be of the highest quality and can be remodeled multiple times in a pool’s lifetime.

Special Finishing Plaster

Tile, glass beads, marble, fiberglass, pebble aggregate, or colored plaster interior-finish options help to achieve a one-of-a-kind appearance to any gunite pool.

Endless Pool Features

Gunite swimming pools can accommodate any custom feature, such as: firepit or fire bowl, floating lamps, LED, in-pool lights, spillover, integrated, raised spa additions, waterfall, deck jets, spouts, tanning ledge, beach entry, shallow pool, slide or diving board, and many more

Gunite Pool Building Process

Gunite Pool Building Process

Gunite pools offer a unique and durable option that allows you to customize your pool to your exact specifications. Gunite pools are constructed with a combination of concrete, sand, and water, creating a mixture that is sprayed onto a steel-reinforced frame. This application allows for a variety of shapes and sizes, and provides a long-lasting, durable pool surface.

Step 1: Utilities Mark Out

Underground lines of utilities like water, power, and gas are marked out.

Step 2: Pool Layout

We discuss the pool installation with the homeowner and finalize the pool layout.

Step 3: Dig

We dig the site and fit a stone bed to add strength and support to the gunite swimming pool. Then, we set up a wooden rebar framework as per the pool design.

Step 4: Steel Installation

The structural steel reinforcement placed over bricks in the entire dup-up site acts as a skeleton to the pool.

Step 5: Plumbing

For a more energy-efficient pool, we use plumbing lines that are larger than average. Then, we add electrical wiring.

Step 6: Gunite Shell

The gunite pool shell is sprayed onto the steel reinforcement.

Step 7: Tile and Coping

We add the perimeter tile, coping over the gunite bond beam, and decking around the pool.

Step 8: Equipment

Pool circulation, heating, and filtration equipment is added.

Step 9: Plaster

The last step is to apply a waterproof pool interior finish. We also ensure that the surroundings are correct by working closely with you on the landscape design.

What to consider while building a gunite pool.

Here are some other vital aspects to consider while building your gunite pool:

Higher Maintenance


A gunite pool needs more care – particularly if you have a saltwater pool, alkaloids can enter the pool water. The surface needs etching if there is algae growth. See our Premier Pool Service for servicing and cleaning packages.

Higher Renovation Costs


With proper maintenance, gunite pools can last for decades; still, they may need resurfacing and renovation, which can carry a high price tag.

Longer Installation Time

Gunite swimming pools take four weeks to three months to finish. About 28 days may be needed for curing alone, which allows the sprayed concrete to reach its full potential.

Abrasive Surface

Gunite has sand and gravel added to cement, so the pool surface may feel abrasive. There are other finish options available but this is a good rule of thumb.

Gunite Pool Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Gunite pool and how is it different from other types of pools?

A Gunite pool is a type of swimming pool constructed by spraying a mixture of sand, cement, and water onto a steel-reinforced framework. It offers more design flexibility compared to pre-formed or fiberglass pools.

How is Gunite applied to create the structure of a pool?

Gunite is applied by using a specialized spray gun, which pneumatically applies the mixture of sand, cement, and water onto the pool’s framework. It is then shaped and smoothed to create the desired pool structure.

What are the typical costs associated with building a Gunite pool?

The cost of building a Gunite pool can vary depending on factors such as size, shape, location, and additional features. The average cost of a gunite pool can range from $50,000 to $100,000 or more.

Are Gunite pools customizable in terms of shape, size, and design?

Yes, one of the significant advantages of Gunite pools is their customizability. They can be constructed in various shapes and sizes, allowing homeowners to create unique designs and features.

Can Gunite pools be heated?

Yes, Gunite pools can be heated. Heating options include electric heat pumps, gas heaters, or solar heating systems. These options can help maintain a comfortable swimming temperature throughout the year.

Are there any specific maintenance considerations unique to Gunite pools?

While Gunite pools require similar maintenance practices as other pool types, one consideration is to inspect the pool surface regularly for any signs of cracks or wear. If identified, repairs should be carried out promptly to prevent further damage.

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