Can a vinyl pool become a gunite pool?

mypoolisvintageJune 23, 2008

I have been wondering if it's possible/feesible to convert an inground vinyl liner pool to gunite? We currently live in an 89 year old home with a 37 year old vinyl liner pool, and really aren't looking into remodeling it, but, we are moving, and the house we like also has an inground vinyl pool, only this one happens to be around 25 years old. Gravitating toward old pools...seems to be a pattern! We've learned a lot from our vintage pool, things like, if it isn't updated, run away...screaming, etc. We've run into a lot of structural issues with our pool, namely the parts are so dated, the only way to service the pool sometimes is through remodel. This pool has, for instance, steel coping, at the water line. Yes, can we say rust? Very strange. Long story short, we had planned to remodel this one, but due to a job transfer out of town, the potential for remodel may present itself yet again. This "new" old pool is nowhere near as "vintage" as ours. Someone has replaced all of the coping with new bullnose coping (but it's white, not sure of material, but looks plastic?), new stamped concrete deck, so really, it's actually perfectly fine. I don't have a thing against vinyl, but the last time I picked out a liner pattern, I realized that I just don't like liner patterns. I've seen solid color liners, but they are either blue, black, white, or tye dye, i.e. blue and black swirls, and I'm not interested in those either. There has to be more choices somewhere. I really enjoy the look and feel of the gunite pools I see on this site. I'm not really sure if vinyl can even be done that way, w/out all of the white jets and white skimmer frames, wallpaper like borders, and the aluminum handrails. I've looked and looked online, but can't find anything. Everything is as above (tye dye, etc), or with borders. So, it's either convert to gunite, or figure out a way I can make my vinyl pool more appealing to my eye. Has anyone ever done this or have any suggestions?

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I can imagine that converting to gunite will be just as pricey as a completely new gunite pool, minus the cost of excavation. But, anything is doable. I think that a most cost-effective method would be a new liner that's more appealing to you, new coping, and perhaps jets and skimmer fittings that blend in a little better.

Fwiw, I have a gunite pool, and I have white jets...

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 4:15AM
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You are probably right, but it's just an option I've been toying with.
BTW, I didn't mean to make it sound as if I hated all of the things that come with vinyl pools. My main objective in our pool has always been to cool off, it's very hot where I live! And, my kids are great swimmers. I guess I'm just ready for a change. Or...maybe just my own pool from top to bottom! :)

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 8:04AM
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I have seen at least one thread on where a person did this. They removed the vinyl liner and left the existing steel walls in place, then set the new rebar cage and shot the gunite inside the existing walls. The obvious issue here is the new pool will be smaller and more shallow than the existing one because the gunite shell is about 8" thick.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 12:04PM
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