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14 x 28 Plaster Pool Constructed April 2015.
Gunite Pool Pre-Construction - Before construction is started we meet with each client to discuss the gunite pool design, shape, and the best location of the pool to best accent your yard. A pre-site meeting is scheduled to spray out and set elevations, go over all details involved, and answer any questions you may have about the pool and/or the equipment prior to installation.
Gunite Pool Excavation Services – Once the pool has been laid out to the client’s approval we will start to form the pool and excavate material from pool area. The dirt is removed with a dump truck and hauled to another location. At this time we will also begin to dig the trenches needed for the electrical, and pool plumbing and equipment area.
Gunite Pool Steel – After the excavation is finished we will start to steel. Steel is used to form and strengthen the pool structure.
Gunite Pool Plumbing – During this time we set the skimmers, return lines, main drains, and any other plumbing lines that are needed for the type of project we are building. We use PVC schedule 40 pipe to plumb our pools and spas. Pipe sizing will be determined so that an adequate amount of water will flow through.
Gunite – Gunite is a mixture of sand and cement. It is shot into the pool using long hoses and a nozzle. This is a big day! It is where the actual pool comes to life. The foundation is formed as well as the stairs and benches. After the gunite has been sprayed we have seven days were the pool needs to stay wet to slow the curing process down to prevent flaking of the shell. At this time we will also need to get any undecided selections decided, such as tile, patio, and walls.
Backfilling Gunite Pool – Stripping of wooden forms from around the pool, backfilling the dirt against the shell and compacting for stability.
Gunite Pool Tile - Next we install the tile, and possibly the coping depending on the decking type. At this time we will also extend the plumbing to the equipment location if needed, install bonding wire around pool and call for inspection prior to decking.
Gunite Pool Equipment – The equipment is set on concrete pads. Once they are placed the final plumbing and electrical connection are made.
The equipment we use include a complete line of technologically advanced pumps, filters, heaters, heat pumps, automatic pool cleaners, lighting, controls and salt chlorine generators—high-quality components engineered to work together to keep your pool at its best. The equipment we use is efficient and requires little maintenance and adds value to your investment. It is also energy efficient and offers a direct cost-savings to you.
Prep – During prep we prepare the pool shell for the finish material.
Gunite Pool Finish - The finish is applied to the floor and sides of the shell by a professional that is dedicated to excellence. Traditional Plaster and RiverRok is just a couple of the finishes that we use.
Traditional Plaster is usually chosen because of the way the smooth surface of the plaster feels on their feet. It is also the least expensive of the finishes. However, plaster is the least durable of pool finishes and will require re-plastering every 8-12 years, due to cracks developing, staining, and becoming rough and scrape skin. It also requires extra care to keep the water balanced with chemicals.
RiverRok finishes consist of plaster with a very high ratio of aggregates. This makes the finish much more durable. RiverRoks’ smaller pebbles are less abrasive to the swimmer. It contains blends of selected natural aggregates and is fortified with polymer cement.
Filling Your New Gunite Pool – Once the finish is complete the water is trucked in by a local water company, with approximately 3 loads to fill the pool, depending on size.
Gunite Pool Start-up – When start up is initiated, all installed equipment will be turned on and put into service mode, so to circulate the water and chemicals. This process will usually take approximately 5-7 days to balance the water..