Gunite is a specialty concrete product that is pneumatically installed. The gunite is actually applied or “shot” at a minimum compressive strength of 4000 psi at 28 days. The crew, prior to shooting the gunite, will take measures to protect your home and surrounding areas from any airborne debris. 24 hours after the gunite has been installed , we will ask you to assist in the curing process by applying water to your structure 1 to 2 times daily for the next 5 days. This allows the outer surface areas of the gunite to cure at a rate more consistent with the inner part or center.
We have compiled a general outline of the construction process to give you an idea as to what you can expect during construction of your new pool. Of course, each project is unique and may require additional or varied steps depending on the individual specifications of your pool. We will be continually inspecting the progress of your pool throughout its construction to assure the utmost quality. You may live within a City or Community that requires their inspectors to perform inspections as well.
Utility Location and Layout
Before we begin excavation, a request is placed for any and all utility companies to clearly mark lines that are located on your property. The pool will also be marked with paint in accordance with the plan of your custom design. If you approve of the marked layout of your pool we are ready for excavation.
Excavation is the true start of the heavy construction that will be happening. The excavation crew will remove the dirt in the pool area, in most cases using loader equipment – such as a Bobcat. The dirt is shuttled by the loader to a waiting dump truck. When the truck is full, it is emptied and comes back for more. At the same time the excavation is taking place, crew members are installing form boards that mimic the approved layout, and the interior of your pool is hand shaped and contoured. The excavation generally takes 1 to 2 days.
The plumbing and steel crews are next. The pool equipment will be set and plumbing installed in your pool. Prior to completing their task, the plumber will place all plumbing under pressure to assure integrity of the lines. Through out the construction process, the pressure on these plumbing lines will be carefully monitored.
The steel crew will be installing the reinforcing steel rods. You will see what appears to be a steel cage that is created for the specific contour of your pool. The steel is securely wired together and is placed in intervals that will provide strength within the structure of your pool.
It is now time for the Electrician to provide the needed connections for the lighting and pool equipment to your electrical service. All electrical work is provided by a Master Electrician, following not only manufactures guidelines, but City, State, and National Electrical Code requirements.
Tile and Coping
Prior to this step you will have already selected the tile you would like to have. This tile is placed in the interior of your pool at the waterline. We will also need you to choose the type of material and color of coping for your pool. The coping is installed on the top or “beam” of you structure. We have a wide variety tiles and coping options for you to choose from that will grace your pool with your own unique style. Your selections will be installed at this time of the construction process. If you have a natural rock water fall or decorative water feature, they will be created during this phase as well.
You have many options available to you on what you want to do with the area directly surrounding your new pool. Basic brushed concrete to decorative stamped concrete, exposed aggregate decking to acrylic textured decking, creative design in brick paving cast pavers. Finish your project with a custom landscape design. Whether you select one option or decide on a combination, this will be the point in construction that the area outside your pool structure should be created.
The application of the interior finish of your pool is the final step of construction. During this process, the crew will apply the type of interior finish that you chose earlier at the design or selection stage. When the crew has completed this application, immediately after exiting your pool, using your garden hose they will start the pool filling with water. The interior finish cures under water so to avoid unwanted imprints or possible damage to the finish, it is very important to allow the pool to fill completely (to the middle of the tile) before entering the pool. Once your pool has filled, we will start up the circulation equipment, and provide in person instruction on the operation of your new pool and pool equipment.