(See for yourself!)
We have been in business for over 35 years and have learned along the way what are the best options for our area. Here are some reasons why not to get a gunite pool.
- Gunite, Marcite and Concrete are all basically different names for the same end result. It has a very rough surface and must be plastered to make it smooth.
- The pool must be re-plastered every 3 to 7 years in a price range of $3000 to $8000
- The plaster is porous and prone to stains and discoloration and as it ages it gets very rough and causes scrapes on swimmers’ toes, knees and elbows. Painting can help.
- That porous surface also hides algae and means more chemicals to treat it and more electricity for circulating the chemicals.
- The surface of a gunite pool will affect the water chemistry of the pool and require more chemicals to keep the water balanced (and avoid damaging the surface)
- Painting the pool will help protect the plaster. Pool paint costs $60 to $120 per gallon. Usually four or five gallons. Expect to repaint the pool every 3 to 5 years.
- Repairing and repainting the gunite pool requires acid washing the pool with at least a 50/50 concentration of acid to water, sprayed on and brushed while wearing protective clothing.
- To repaint the pool you must acid wash the entire surface and wait a week to ten days for it to dry. Then after painting, you must allow the paint to dry another week to ten days before putting any water in it.
- Use good paint because if it fails, the only remedy is to remove it by sandblasting
- After painting the pool so many times the paint has built up to a point where you really need to have it all removed by sandblasting down to the bare concrete and start again
- There is rubberized pool paint and epoxy pool paint. You need to know which you have before repainting because you need to put the same type of paint on or it will not stick
- Suction automatic cleaners can pull off the skim coat of plaster
- Plaster repairs are expensive!
- The initial coat of plaster bonds pretty well because both surfaces are new, but if surfaces are not carefully and properly prepared for re-plastering, it will pop off and have to be redone
- It is not impossible to re-plaster your own pool, but after you look up the directions you may change your mind about taking on all that work yourself
- Re-painting the pool yourself is a little more manageable, but you can expect to have your pool tied up for three weeks or more while you do it
Did we mention a gunite pool is EXPENSIVE?
- A vinyl liner inground pool is much less expensive to purchase and install
- The vinyl liner is smooth to the touch – no scraped toes and knees!
- The non-porous vinyl liner is not so prone to stains as is gunite
- A vinyl liner inground pool takes about one week to install. A gunite one takes six to eight weeks.
- A vinyl liner will typically last about 10 years or more before it needs to be replaced
- It is much less expensive to replace a vinyl liner than to re-plaster a gunite pool
- A vinyl liner does not have pores to trap algae and does not affect the water balance of your pool the way a gunite pool will
- Vinyl liners are available in a wide range of colors and designs to suit every decor. Gunite can be tiled to pretty it up, which also makes it even more expensive and difficult to repair
- A vinyl liner can be replaced in one day. Repainting a gunite pool will have your pool down for two to three weeks.
If you really want to acid wash and paint your pool, here’s how:
(They are recommending epoxy paint, but if your pool was painted with rubberized pool paint rather than epoxy, it is important that you re-paint with rubberized paint.)