Conklin Pools: The Gunite Swimming Pool and Spa Experts 

Conklin Pools designs and installs custom gunite in-ground swimming pools and spas for clients in Dutchess County and throughout the Hudson Valley New York.

Proudly serving Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley, Conklin Pools provides exceptional quality in-ground pool design and installation to help you achieve the backyard of your dreams. We collaborate with our clients to help ensure their complete satisfaction in the finished product.

Gunite In Ground Swimming Pools

Perhaps you’ve just settled into a new home in Dutchess County, NY. Or maybe you’re a long-time homeowner looking to transform your outdoor living space with a new swimming pool or spa. Either way, it’s time to do a little research.

If you’re considering the installation of an in-ground swimming pool or spa, you’ve probably encountered the term “gunite.”

What Is Gunite? More Than the Sum of its Parts

Webster’s Dictionary defines Gunite as:

Gun·ite \ noun gun·ite \ˈgə-ˌnīt\

: a building material consisting of a mixture of cement, sand, and water that is sprayed onto a mold.

Known for its dependability and structural strength, gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water that is applied through a high-pressure hose. Once it cures (dries), gunite becomes rock hard, forming a thick, solid structure.

The Ideal Material for Swimming Pool and Spa Construction

Gunite pools combine exceptional design flexibility and aesthetic quality, making it the “go-to” material for swimming pool and spa construction. But most people are still unfamiliar with this remarkable building material.

Let’s take a review of some basics about this versatile material, its use in pool construction, and the great advantages gunite delivers.

What sets gunite construction apart from other types of pools is the powerful combination of gunite, steel, and plaster. This trio of materials provides unsurpassed durability and design versatility.

Once the hole has been excavated for a new pool, crews install a network of steel rods, which form a cage-like frame that extends throughout the entire stretch of the future pool. Set on concrete blocks, the cage is suspended several inches in the air. Space underneath is then filled by fresh gunite material.

With this framework in place, the concrete blend is sprayed at high velocity onto the steel across the entire pool, creating the dense pool floor and walls. Gunite is ideal to create a pool form; producing flowing lines, diverse contours, depths, and shapes—all combining to form an integrated structure.

Once the gunite cures, a third component is applied to complete a gunite pool: plaster. Forming a waterproof surface in a gunite pool, this final coating is what everyone sees as the pool’s smooth interior surface.

A Brief History of Gunite

In the early 1900s, Carl Akeley, a famous hunter, and naturalist, devised a method of spraying plaster onto animal-shaped wireframes.  He placed a dry plaster mix into a chamber that resembled a pressure cooker and used compressed air to push the powder through a hose to a nozzle where mixing water was added. He found that the product, later called gunite, was extremely versatile and achieved outstanding results.

As time passed, myriad uses of gunite emerged to create curves and special shapes in concrete. Bridges, dams, reservoirs, pools, tanks, canals, docks, slopes, tunnels and pipelines all became candidates for the adaptable substance.

Benefit from Our Expertise

While gunite materials have advanced, the process remains unchanged to this day. The quality of the finished product, however, depends solely on the experience and skill of the artist in creating an outstanding result. Conklin Pools combines unparalleled construction expertise with superb artisan skill to create exceptional in-ground swimming pools and spas for discerning clients in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley New York.