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Thread: Gunite vs. Shotcrete

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    Heath, TX

    Gunite vs. Shotcrete

    Been doing a lot of research on this and I understand the differences between the two. But I am really surprised at how adamant PBs are that their chosen form of concrete is better than the other. One PB just told me that they switched from gunite to shotcrete about 5 years ago, and every pool they built in that period had problems so they switched back to gunite. I know this can be attributed to the crew(s) applying the shotcrete.

    What are your thoughts and experiences with one or the other?

    Is it true that pebble plaster products (Pebble Tec) adhere better to gunite?


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    Re: Gunite vs. Shotcrete

    I would go with the better crew every time. Either method can give good or poor results depending on how well the proper process is followed. I wouldn't worry about which method a builder uses. Far more important is how good the builder is.

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    Re: Gunite vs. Shotcrete

    Agreed 100% with what JamesW says.

    Both gunite and shotcrete have been used for lots and lots and lots of years and X vs. Y, just doesnt pan out.
    Either one can be just fine, or not. It all comes down to how good the install crews are.
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    Re: Gunite vs. Shotcrete

    And no, PT or any other finish will not stick to one better than another. If it did we would have heard about here before now, and it would be well known in the industry.
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