When it comes to swimming pools, for some people, fiberglass is the way to go. For others, it’s gunite. Many people are still unsure as to what gunite is and are worried a pool of that nature won’t look right. Luckily, you can get a naturalistic gunite pool in your backyard. If you’re still unsure as to what type of pool you want, below we’ve outlined the difference between gunite and fiberglass swimming pools.
What is gunite?
Gunite is a mix of cement, sand and water that is applied through a pressure hose to create a dense, hard layer of concrete. When it comes to pools, gunite is used because it is strong, long-lasting and can be made into any shape. Instead of pouring concrete into the hole dug out for the pool, gunite pools feature a rebar framework that is sprayed over with the concrete mixture. Traditional concrete pools need a wooden framework to hold the basin’s shape in place whereas gunite does not. Because gunite is extremely durable, it is used in commercial and backyard pools. Gunite pools are built to last so little maintenance is required over their lifetime.
What is fiberglass?
Fiberglass is a composite material created when fine fibers and glass are woven into fabric then hardened with a polyester resin. This material is used to reinforce many polymer products to make a stronger foundation and can be finished with a smooth, water-resistant gel. Fiberglass pools are durable but come at a higher cost than gunite.
Which type of pool is better?
Generally, industry experts will tell you that gunite is the better option when it comes to your swimming pool. Not only will you get a naturalistic gunite pool that looks the same as a fiberglass one, but it is built to last. Although, fiberglass pools are durable, they may not last as long as their gunite counterparts. Moreover, gunite pools are designed for on-site construction which means they can take on any shape you desire. Fiberglass pools, on the other hand, are shape restricted because they cannot be constructed on site. The maximum depth for a fiberglass pool is usually 8’ with a width no more than 16’. Fiberglass pools are created off-site then dropped into the hole that has been dug up for the pool area.
It’s important to remember that any swimming pool should reflect your taste. Naturalistic gunite pools are considered the better option with better price points but if you are looking for a smaller pool, fiberglass could work too.