How We Got to Gunite: A History of In Ground Pools

in ground Pool construction

Pool construction has come a long way in terms of methods and materials.

Almost all in ground pools installed today are made from a material known as gunite. While the name describes the material used for the pool, it is also used as a blanket term for the overall method. How it became so popular has to do with the failings of the methods that came before, and the advances of certain technology. Here we give a short history of how gunite pools became the go-to for pool installation companies.

Poured Concrete

The traditional method of building an in ground pool consisted of pouring liquid concrete into a wooden framework. After the frame in formed and laid into the ground concrete is pour first on the outside of the frame and then inside the frame to form the bottom and sides of the pool’s basin. The concrete was then covered with vinyl before being filled.

Masonry Block Pools

This type of in ground pool is very similar to a poured concrete pool in that after the frame is set up, concrete is poured into form the basin of the pool. Instead of wood, however, masonry block pools use concrete blocks for the frame.


A main distinction between a gunite pool and other styles is the framework used to hold the shape of the pool. Gunite pools use a framework grid made from rebar that is then sprayed with the actual gunite, which is a mixture of cement, sand, and water that is combined just before spraying. Since gunite is so durable and rebar easily bent these pools can be made in a huge variety of shapes.  

Paradise Pools is an Experienced Pool Installation and Renovation Company

At Paradise Pools, we believe in providing top quality products in a low-pressure atmosphere. We never want our clients to feel pressured into investing in a pool they do not completely love: we want you to choose Paradise Pools because you truly feel like we are the right fit for you. We are proud to say that we are not a volume builder because we prefer to take on fewer clients to ensure that we are able to focus on building pools to the best of our ability. Our clients’ satisfaction is our biggest priority and we go above and beyond to ensure that you are completely happy with the finished product.

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