WHAT TO EXPECT – THE GUNITE POOL CONSTRUCTION PHASES
EXCAVATION AND FORMING
Excavation and Forming
Excavation and forming are the first phases of most residential and commercial projects. Blueprints and drawings have been approved, Dig-Safe has been contacted, and all permits have been posted. The final location of the pool will have been determined along with final elevation, and moving of dirt will be coordinated. Excavation will commence and the pool perimeter formwork constructed.
STRUCTURAL STEEL AND PLUMBING
The structural steel phase will take one or two days depending on the size of your pool and any additional work required for a raised spa or fountain. This steel cage is the strength that holds the pool structure together. You can also expect to see the floor plumbing starting to take shape prior to this phase of construction.
Plumbing occurs after excavation is complete, and will continue after the steel cage is in place. Once the Gunite shell is shot, the Schedule 40 PVC will be run and the filtration equipment placed. Additional trenching may be required to get the piping from the pool to the filtration equipment, so careful consideration of placement is needed.
Several variables are considered for precise flow rates through the plumbing systems connected through your pool. Piping size and run, resistance and pump performance are pre-determined for return lines, floor heads, jets, waterfalls, fountains, and other elements.
Also called Gunite, this is the process of applying concrete to a structure and commonly used to build or reinforce pools, waterfalls, bridges, tunnels, dams, etc. Gunite is a mixture of cement, rock, and sand which is hydrated and mixed at the site and then sprayed onto contoured and supported surfaces to build a pool. Plaster or pebble is usually applied over the Gunite for texturing.