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Thread: Gunite vs. Shotcrete-Texas

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    Gunite vs. Shotcrete-Texas

    Hi all, we are in the final process of selecting a pool builder. The we are down to two and the price/amenities are within 3k of each other. One builder uses shotcrete and another gunite. If anyone has an informed opinion on the two methods and which is ultimately better with our variable texas soils, I'd love to hear it.


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    Re: Gunite vs. Shotcrete-Texas

    Shotcrete is wet gun application vs gunite being a dry gun application. Shotcrete is mixed at the nozzle. Both are forms of concrete just applied in a different manner.
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    Re: Gunite vs. Shotcrete-Texas

    In theory gunite has a higher compressive strength than shotcrete. However they are so close that it depends on the individual application. As long as you are using an experienced crew it really doesn't matter. A shotcrete pool surface will be rougher than an gunite pool, however that surface is covered by the plaster. Some large builders have their own shotcrete crews -- I am not aware of any PBs who do their own gunite. I would want a crew that all they did was gunite or shotcrete.

    As to differences -- in a normal pool with experienced applicators on a normal day and good followup for curing --- no discernable difference.
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    Re: Gunite vs. Shotcrete-Texas

    Good workmanship, as mentioned makes the most difference, I agree.
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