Swimming in a Gunite pool is a great way to cool off, exercise, and have fun during the hot summer months. Add in an outdoor kitchen, and you won’t have to miss out on the fun that’s happening at your home. There are many benefits of an outdoor kitchen, and whether it be a simple or more complex outdoor kitchen design, you’ll find a benefit in both.
Gappsi recently designed and built a backyard for a private residence in Laurel Hollow NY. The backyard had an existing Gunite pool that we refinished and restored. We installed new coping, and porcelain tiles in the water line under the coping, then finished the pool with gray marble dusting. The coping consists of bull nose walnut travertine which was also used throughout the backyard for caps on walls and steps.
Gunite Pool Repair and Maintenance
Owning a pool also comes with a certain amount of responsibility. Regular pool maintenance is essential to keep your pool clean, safe, and in good condition. When you have a gunite pool, repairs are easy to schedule and take less time than you think. We offer our clients:
- Pool service options to help maintain the pools we build
- Restoration of older pools fallen into disrepair
- Concrete pool resurfacing to keep your pool looking great
- Repairs that bring an older pool up to code
- Total gunite/shotcrete pool renovation and design for a new look for your backyard
What is the purpose of pool coping?
When an in-ground swimming pool is constructed of concrete, it will need coping, which is a cap for the edge of the pool. Coping surrounds the shell of the swimming pool and protects it. This piece keeps any water and debris from going in behind the shell and safeguards it from damage or cracking.
Bullnose Walnut Travertine Pool Coping
Travertine is acknowledged as a wonderful material to use in many architectural and decor projects, both big and small. It has many benefits such as its timeless look, it feels amazing underfoot, is incredibly durable, easy to clean, and more! If your pool area needs an upgrade, you can’t go past travertine. Using travertine pool coping will make a huge difference to the look and feel of your pool area.
Travertine has a naturally cooler touch than any other paving stone. As a result, travertine pool coping is a more practical choice when you and your family are enjoying the summer months outdoors. Typically, most people want to enjoy their pool and outdoor area more when the weather is warmer.
Imagine the unpleasant experience of trying to climb out of a pool and having to grip your hands onto the piping-hot pool coping tiles. Then quickly make your way on bare feet across what feels like hot coals on your bare feet. Ouch!
These unpleasant experiences will be drastically reduced if you install travertine tiles and pool coping. That’s why it makes sense to choose travertine pool coping over any other stone or paving material.
Porcelain Tiles – Slip-Resistant and Safe
Porcelain is a virtually nonporous material that is ideally suited to use on a wall as it keeps water ingress to a minimum. The nonporous nature of porcelain also helps prevent staining meaning the coping will keep its original colour and be low maintenance throughout its lifetime. Porcelain tiles are an excellent choice for pools they provide a modern and stylish look. Porcelain tiles are watertight and low maintenance, making them a great option for all wet areas around pools, including decks and patios.
Even when exposed to water, porcelain tiles won’t become slippery or especially dangerous to walk on. This makes them invaluable as a pool decking material, especially if you’re concerned about kids running and slipping when enjoying the swimming pool this summer.
Marble Dusting Gunite Pool Repair
Marble Dusting is a smooth plaster finish that is applied to the gunite pool or spa. It’s a mixture of highly refined white cement and crushed marble. This material can be dyed into many colors or purchased in a specific color and aggregate pattern. While white, or anything in the gray spectrum including black is common, exposed aggregate finishes can provide a unique look to your pool. The marble dust is applied up to the water line followed by rows of tile of your choice. The Marble Dust and tile give an attractive finish to your Gunite Pool and Spa Scape.
Gunite Pool Maintenance
Gunite pools are known for their durability, longevity, and customizability. However, they also require regular maintenance to keep them looking and functioning at their best. Here are some tips for gunite pool maintenance:
- Brush the pool walls and floor: Use a pool brush to scrub the walls and floor of your gunite pool regularly. This will help prevent the buildup of algae and other debris.
- Skim the surface: Use a pool skimmer to remove leaves, insects, and other debris from the surface of the water. Doing this daily will help prevent the debris from sinking to the bottom of the pool.
- Check the water chemistry: Test the water chemistry of your gunite pool regularly to ensure that the pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels are balanced. Imbalanced water chemistry can lead to algae growth, staining, and other problems.
- Shock the pool: Shocking the pool involves adding a large dose of chlorine to the water to kill bacteria, algae, and other contaminants. This should be done every week or two, or as needed.
Gunite Pool Repair and Backyard Design in Laurel Hollow NY
This backyard was designed and built for a private residence in Laurel Hollow NY. The pool was existing and restored. We installed new coping porcelain tiles in the water line under the coping and finished the pool with gray marble dusting. The coping consists of bull nose walnut travertine which was also used throughout the backyard for caps on walls and steps.
The entire backyard was paved with G046 Melfi limestone, a very beautiful combination of colors, browns, grays, and maroon colors. We used a cultured stone for the rises and the wall veneer. The project was recently sealed as well. In addition, we built an outdoor kitchen, and on the top left, there is a multi-level backyard. Very detailed backyard design, this is the latest Gappsi project design and build on Long Island in Laurel Hollow NY.