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different types of swimming pools gunite It’s that time of year again: Sunny vacation spots have upped their advertising budgets in New York, fashion retailers have unveiled their resort collections and, especially after Nemo had his way with the East Coast, everyone’s jonesing for a little fun in the sun.

What if this year, instead of planning a getaway, you could plan an investment that offers warm-weather pleasure right in your backyard? That’s right: We’re talking backyard pools.

Not knowing the types of swimming pools available to you — and the pros and cons of each, or what’s just right for you — is no reason to get cold feet! In this post, we’ll take a look at the different types of swimming pools out there and some features of each.


Gunite, also known as shotcrete, is a unique, high-end option that’s 100 percent customizable in terms of size, water features, and design.

These types of swimming pools are made of concrete, which allows you to build them more readily in challenging locations, such as steep slopes,  on bedrock, high water tables, construct out of the ground, etc..

The interior plaster finish offers a clean, sleek look as well as a wide variety of color options and upgrades. And because they’re so customizable, you can easily add features like waterfalls, overflow spas, grottos and sun shelves.  When looking for a clean pure design or a rustic pond look with boulders set right in the water, a gunite pool is the way to go.

They are a pricier option than other types of swimming pools that you can construct much faster. Gunite swimming pools can take longer to build once they’ve been designed. Renovations can be more extensive as well, but the pool itself will be a long-lasting investment to your property, providing enjoyment for decades to come.


These types of swimming pools are also customizable, but with some limitations. There are plenty of design options in terms of free form and rectilinear shapes and liner styles! Vinyl pools are definitely a more cost-effective option compared with gunite pools, and vinyl pools also have much shorter installation times.

Vinyl liners are generally easier on the feet than sometimes-scratchy plaster finish of gunite pools.

Vinyl liners have a shelf life similar to an entry level plaster finish. Many people will change the liner due to a change in a style much like kitchen tile or paint colors, though recent improvements in the technology and materials used to make these types of swimming pools have increased their life expectancy and style options. But, replacing a vinyl liner is usually still less expensive than renovating a gunite pool.

It’s ultimately up to you when selecting among the different types of swimming pools.

When you’re planning to install a pool, always ask yourself how you plan to use the pool and pool space most often: Is it for exercise? Lap swimming? Entertaining? Playing with the kids? Hot tub? Water features?

You should also consider how you plan to incorporate a pool into your backyard’s existing design, and how which type of pool might fit in with the rest of your neighborhood.  It is also very important to consider the architecture of your house when selecting the style of pool.

No matter what type of swimming pool you choose, it’s a big investment and needs to be properly designed, planned and built. It’s our job at Neave Pools to help you choose one that meets as many of your needs as possible.

If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.

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