Good News for Older Vinyl-Liner Pool Owners: Go for Gunite!
Replacing your aging, cracked vinyl pool liner with a better, more permanent gunite liner may be easier than you think—and could save you money down the line.
The very nature of Mother Nature in south Louisiana makes having a pool both extremely desirable and potentially problematic. Nothing beats the year-round bayou heat like a dip in the pool. But, depending on soil composition, elevation, and, of course, maintenance, we see that vinyl liners tend to show their age more over time than concrete does. What’s more, the ever-shifting soft ground beneath all of us means that leaks, cracks, and other woes will eventually come to the surface. If you’re planning to resell or flip your residence, or if you’re ready to update a home you plan to keep, you may be thinking about re-digging your aging vinyl pool to renovate it—or, worse yet, the ground on your home site simply may not support more excavation to install the new pool you’d like without compromising existing structures.
Replace Rather Than Re-dig.
The good news is that you may not have to build a new pool at all. Simply replace your old vinyl liner with a new gunite liner and little to no major earthmoving is required. Skilled local pool professionals like our team at Pleasure Pools know the ins and outs of our area and can accurately assess your pool’s condition. We will also discuss options for improvements, such as vinyl liner replacement with gunite, also known as shotcrete. While the expense incurred in renovation with gunite may be comparable to that of a new installation, the benefit— especially in areas with iffy soil or high water tables—lies in taking advantage of the old pool shape to form the new concrete liner. Most concrete pools have a box-shaped deep end, while in most vinyl pools that end is trapezoidal, but since digging out those deep corners isn’t required, the risk of compromising existing structures can be avoided, as well as the excavation expense.
Contact the Right Pro for the Job.
Short of some serious experience handling shoulder-mounted shotcrete cannons, replacing a vinyl pool liner with a new gunite liner is not a DIY project. Concrete cannons can be dangerous even for an inattentive expert, let alone an inexperienced DIYer. Before you decide, ask the right questions and contact a local licensed pool contractor to install your new gunite liner properly. This way, you maximize your enjoyment and minimize the chances for regrettable mistakes that lead to even more costly repairs down the line. Get started today by calling Pleasure Pools at 985-626-1283 for service in the greater New Orleans metro area.