Gunite swimming pools were the first type of swimming pool to ever be built. They are renowned for their quality and overall beauty. Gunite swimming pools are completely customizable. There are literally limitless possibilities for the design of your pool.

While the wet process or Shotcrete includes stone and gravel in the cement mix, Gunite does not. The strongest mixes are generally regarded to have stone as the aggregate as the more varied the aggregate sizes are, the greater both the compressive and tensile strengths. Gunite uses less water to hydrate but the surface can be more porous. Proponents from either side will claim their method to be of the greater tensile strength and thus implying a stronger shell.


Lido continues to push the envelope in Vinyl lined pool design. Our innovative approach has provided many "Firsts" within the industry. Seemingly endless design possibilities have enabled Lido to specialize in creating vinyl lined pools that share the same upscale appearance often achieved with concrete pools. This style. It combines the practically and affordability of vinyl lined pools with the free form concept and splendour of concrete and gunite pools. We invite you to review these new shapes and concepts in backyard environment planning and design.


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Gunite pool designs are limited only by your imagination. Some shapes to consider - from a classic rectangle configuration to a curvaceous natural-looking lagoon and everything in between.

The following are some photos of past projects.

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Whats the difference between Gunite and Shotcrete?

Generically speaking, Gunite is a term that is loosely used to describe material that is pneumatically applied.

Specifically speaking, Gunite and Shotcrete are similar in the sense that they are both a pneumatic or force applied material application. However, the difference between Gunite and Shotcrete is this:

The Dry process (Gunite) is a mixture of mainly sand and cement. The dry process is shot though the hoses like a sand blast operation with the water being applied at the very end of the hose. When applied to a pool, the crews mainly do the floors first due to the large amount of rebound produced. When the walls, benches and spas are shot, the crews must throw out the rebound. If any rebound is incorporated into the floor, a weak sand-like pocket will form. If it doesnt stick, it must be removed.

The Wet process (Shot Crete) is a mixture of sand, cement, small pea gravel and water. The wet process is brought out by a ready-mix concrete truck and pumped via concrete pump with the air applied through a nozzle at the very end, to spray the material in place. This method produces little or no rebound so the walls are applied first, then the floor shot last. All excess material pulled from walls can be incorporated into the floor area and then shot over. This can't be done with the dry process.

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