There are many options to choose from when deciding to install a residential or commercial pool. From fiberglass to vinyl, it can be difficult to determine which type of pool is most beneficial for your home and budget. But gunite pools are a great option for those looking for unique style and easy maintenance.

Located in the Lehigh Valley and serving those in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, and Monroe counties and the greater Wyoming Valley area in Pennsylvania, B&B Custom Pools is a trusted and reliable swimming pool contractor that can assist you in making the best decision for your home. Learn more about gunite pool installation from B&B Custom Pools.

Heated gunite pool surrounded by brick patio showcases beautifully landscaped backyard

What Is a Gunite Pool?

As the name suggests, gunite pools are a type of pool made with gunite materials. Gunite is a substance made from a mixture of cement, water, and sand. The mixture is placed into a pressurized nozzle that delivers high air pressure to equally distribute it across the pool’s surface.

To begin construction of your gunite pool, contractors must dig a large hole in your backyard where the pool will be placed. Next, they install a complete plumbing system to ensure your pool works efficiently. To create the framework for the pool, builders use reinforced steel rods to line the outside. This creates a durable, sturdy pool perimeter.

To line the pool, contractors take the gunite mixture and pour it into a spray tool. Using high pressure, the mixture comes out of the nozzle to distribute evenly across the surface. This tool is designed to mix the concrete and sand mixture as it’s poured, ensuring quality and durability during the construction process. The gunite mixture is then smoothed using various tools and materials. Next, we apply a smooth plaster finish. However, the gunite mixture must be completely dry before doing so, giving it time to set and harden. After some time, the gunite will harden to create a durable, rock-hard substance. Although plaster is a popular type of finish for this style of pool, homeowners can customize their pools to have unique finishes, such as tile or stone.

Benefits of Gunite Pools

When it comes to gunite pool installation, there are a variety of benefits. For starters, gunite pools are constructed directly in your backyard. While other materials, such as fiberglass, use pre-constructed molds made in a warehouse or factory, the design and construction of gunite pools happen right on-site. This means your pool is custom-made precisely for your backyard to create a personalized look.

Customers can choose any size, shape, or design for the pool to have a unique, one-of-a-kind element in their backyard. Because of the concrete mixture used during the construction process, you can also customize your pool’s finish. Choose from many visually appealing finishes, including:

  • Textures
  • Tile
  • Stone
  • Ceramic/porcelain

In addition, gunite pools can give you even more customization options when it comes to creating a unique backyard space. For example, you can add decorative and landscaping elements, such as waterfalls, sun shelves, custom pool stairs, tanning ledges, hot tubs, and even built-in barstools. Gunite pools can also be a more durable option than other materials. Because of the reinforced steel rods used before gunite placement, pool owners receive a sturdy, long-lasting frame that can withstand years of use.

Gunite pools also don’t need a pool liner like other pool styles. Pool liners can easily rip and tear over time. When these rips occur, you must replace the lining. Otherwise, your pool won’t hold a consistent, steady water level. With gunite pools, you don’t have to worry about rips and tears in the lining that can cause costly and time-consuming replacement jobs. Additionally, gunite pools can potentially increase the value of your home.

While adding any pool to your home can increase its value, this is especially true for gunite pools. This is because of its durable structure and popularity among older homes.

Get Started Today

With 50 years of experience in the field, customers can rely on the knowledge and experience of B&B Custom Pools. We’re dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers, working closely with them to bring their backyard vision to life. Our services extend throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area, including Berks, Bucks, Carbon, and Monroe counties and the greater Wyoming Valley area in Pennsylvania. To learn more about gunite pool installation and our other services, contact us today at B&B Custom Pools.