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What’s the Difference between Shotcrete and Gunite?

A swimming pool building crew uses shotcrete to build an inground pool. The difference between shotcrete and gunite is simple application.


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Shotcrete and gunite pools are not that different. They’re both concrete swimming pools, but the difference comes in how that concrete actually becomes a pool. 

So, let’s take a second to learn something and then talk about what our team suggests. 

The Difference Between Shotcrete and Concrete is Simple

The difference between shotcrete and gunite is simply how the concrete is applied to construct your pool. Essentially, they are the same thing. They are both concrete construction materials used to create swimming pools. The difference in terminology is descriptive of the way that the concrete mixture is applied during the construction process. 

Gunite is concrete that is mixed in the air as it is applied to the frame to build your pool. You have the concrete dry mix paired with water.

On the other hand, Shotcrete is typically concrete that is mixed before it’s shot through a similar pneumatic gun-like tool. So, this method would be referred to as a wet mix. 

There are benefits and drawbacks to both methods, but here at Mastercraft Pool & Spa, we prefer the shotcrete method. 

Benefits of Building a Shotcrete Pool

When it comes to building your swimming pool, shotcrete is an excellent option. Particularly for our Pocatello, Idaho winters, it’s a durable material. The walls of your pool will be around one foot thick, so you can trust their durability for the long term.

It’s also important to note that this method of swimming pool construction is great for customization. As long as your pool vision obeys the laws of the universe, it should be within the realm of possibility for our team to build it. Our motto, here at Mastercraft Pool & Spa is, “If you can dream it, we can build it.” This particular concrete building material makes that possible. 

And to finish off your custom shotcrete pool, you can choose from a variety of surface finishes. We’re certain we have the perfect surface option to fit your personal style and tastes. You can choose from natural stone, tiles, or plaster finishes to create the most beautiful custom pool. 

Choose the Right Pool Building Team

Even more important than whether you choose to go with the gunite or shotcrete method for building your pool is the experience and skill level of the operator. That’s why we’re so confident in our Mastercraft Pool & Spa pool building team. 

Our crew is in-house. That means they have the day-in and day-out experience you want when you hire a team for a shotcrete pool installation. They’re familiar with the Pocatello, Idaho weather, the necessary steps for your pool build, and how the shotcrete material behaves. This knowledge and expertise are what matter most to your pool build. 

Most problems that you can run into from either gunite or shotcrete applications are a result of errors from inexperienced operators. You won’t have that issue with Mastercraft Pool & Spa.

Build your Shotcrete Pool with Mastercraft

So, if you’re in the market for the custom pool of your dreams, Mastercraft Pool & Spa can make it happen. We’re in the business of making your swimming pool vision a reality. And no project is too big or too small for our team. 

Contact our team to schedule a consultation and learn more about your custom pool options. 


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