With shotcrete (or gunite), fiberglass, and vinyl there are many options for in ground pools. Each type has its pros and cons, but overall shotcrete is a high quality and long lasting investment. Shotcrete pools can be virtually any size, shape or depth. One is able to construct the exact pool he or she desires. The pool structure is very strong and highly durable. Shotcrete pools have a steel rebar framework that is sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture.
The interior of the pool is normally plaster or pebble and there are many different shades of plaster and types of pebble to choose from. One side effect is that these surfaces or porous, causing it to absorb chemicals used in the pool. Sometimes when chemicals become unbalanced, the plaster finish can become rough overtime and may require it to be re-plastered. However, if properly maintained, the plaster can last as long as 20 years.
Most shotcrete pools last an average of 15 years before re-plastering, as opposed to vinyl pools that require a new liner after 8-10 years.
Shotcrete pools are often seen as a better investment because of the durability and long-lasting quality of the pool. Also, many potential home buyers view shotcrete pools as more permanent structures and often value them more. Although shotcrete pools may take longer than other types of pools to install, normally 6-8 weeks, it is a better investment. Shotcrete pools will outlive any other type of pool, all the while being the strongest and providing the best return investment.