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.

Concrete is a versatile material preferred by inground pool owners all over America for decades. Its porous qualities, design options, and overall configuration give gunite pools a range of structural strength that raises it above the pack – as compared to vinyl liner or fiberglass pools.

With a gunite pool, your private aquatic resort can take on virtually any size, shape, depth, or configuration, providing the ultimate versatility for pool design.

Premier Pools & Spas is among the nation’s top pool builders who have been building custom, concrete inground or gunite pools for over three decades. As the largest privately-owned pool builder, we excel at turning backyard dreams into reality with our exceptional service, design, and installation.

Gunite Pools

The Gunite Pool Building Process

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: Concrete Patio. 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.

Gunite Vs. Shotcrete

Cement added with sand, gravel, aggregates, and water makes concrete. Both gunite and shotcrete are used for pool installations.


  • Dry form of concrete that is mixed at the site
  • Dispensed through a nozzle after water is added at the spout
  • Tighter packing material
  • Control over the amount of water to be added
  • No cold joints, even with pauses while spraying


  • Concrete mixture that arrives at the site in a wet form
  • Pumped directly using high-pressure compressed air
  • More expensive to build
  • Less work time, as on-site-mixing is avoided
  • Higher compressive strengths

Benefits of Building Gunite Pools

Gunite pools are a great choice that matches the surrounding space and delivers a lasting impression.

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.

Savings on Delivery Costs

Unlike fiberglass pool shells that are delivered to your backyard, gunite is mixed and sprayed at the site. So, it is possible to design pools that fit any intricate shape.

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 a gunite pool.

High Level of Customization

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

Aesthetically Pleasing Designs

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.

What to Consider While Building Gunite Pools

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

High 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.

High 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.

Cost of Installing a Gunite Pool

The cost of installation of gunite swimming pools depends on the design and added custom features. You should also consider the plumbing costs, energy-efficient equipment, and other factors.

Cost is also dependent on the terrain, location, and excavation. For instance, if you have a sloping backyard, you need to build retaining walls that will add to your project expenses.

No one should compromise on their dream pool. At Premier Pools & Spas, we offer gunite pool financing options to make your pool build easy.

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If you would like to learn more about your pool options, custom features, and services, arrange for your free, no-obligation consultation and estimate at one of our franchise locations.

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