One of the most common recreational addition to a home is a pool. Having your own pool at home is great – you can swim at your own place comfortably and conveniently to enjoy your spare time, you can have your own sports facility, you can even invite your friends and relatives for a pool party.
However, if you want to build a pool, there are a variety of materials that can be your options. For sure, concretes make the strongest and longest-lasting pools. But you may get confused here, because, there are even multiple different types of concrete mixes, most notably shotcrete and gunite. However, don’t worry! We will discuss the differences and comparisons between shotcrete and gunite pools here!
Compared to the traditional concrete, shotcrete tends to cure into a harder and more water-tight final state, making shotcrete pools immensely popular lately. Shotcrete is a ready-made mixture of concrete cement and water prepared by the manufacturer, but contains much less water than the traditional concrete. A shotcrete pool, in turn, is a pool shell that is formed by spraying the shotcrete product with high velocity and pressure.
Much like shotcrete, gunite is also a very dry mixture of concrete. It is also applied by using a spraying tool, which typically appears like a gun, hence the name ‘gunite’. However, unlike shotcrete, it has not been mixed completely. It requires mixing with water right prior use by using a special spray nozzle.
As you can see, gunite pools and shotcrete pools have each own advantages and disadvantages. Gunite pools require manual control of the cement-water ratio, which can be tricky, but if done properly, the result is excellent. Shotcrete pools can be slightly easier to make, but tend to be more expensive. Sometimes, both methods are combined, each used for different parts of the pool.