Conklin Pools designs and installs custom gunite in ground swimming pools and spas for clients in Ulster County and throughout the Hudson Valley New York.
Proudly serving Ulster County and the Hudson Valley, Conklin Pools provides exceptional quality in ground pool design and installation to help you achieve the backyard of your dreams. We collaborate with our clients to help ensure their complete satisfaction in the finished product.
Gunite In Ground Swimming Pools
Perhaps you’ve just settled into a new home in Ulster County, NY. Or maybe you’re a long-time howeowner looking to transform your outdoor living space with a new swimming pool or spa. Either way, it’s time to do a little research.
If you’re considering the installation of an in ground swimming pool or spa, you’ve probably encountered the term “gunite.”
What Is Gunite? More Than the Sum of its Parts
Webster’s Dictionary defines Gunite as:
Gun·ite \ noun gun·ite \ˈgə-ˌnīt\
: a building material consisting of a mixture of cement, sand and water that is sprayed onto a mold.
Known for its dependability and structural strength, gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water that is applied through a high-pressure hose. Once it cures (dries), gunite becomes rock hard, forming a thick, solid structure.
The Ideal Material for Swimming Pool and Spa Construction
Gunite pools combine exceptional design flexibility and aesthetic quality, making it the “go-to” material for swimming pool and spa construction. But most people are still unfamiliar with this remarkable building material.
Let’s take a review some basics about this versatile material, its use in pool construction, and the great advantages gunite delivers.
What sets gunite construction apart from other types of pools is the powerful combination of gunite, steel and plaster. This trio of materials provides unsurpassed durability and design versatility.
Once the hole has been excavated for a new pool, crews install a network of steel rods, which form a cage-like frame that extends throughout the entire stretch of the future pool. Set on concrete blocks, the cage is suspended several inches in the air. The space underneath is then filled by fresh gunite material.
With this framework in place, the concrete blend is sprayed at high velocity onto the steel across the entire pool, creating the dense pool floor and walls. Gunite is ideal to create a pool form; producing flowing lines, diverse contours, depths, and shapes—all combining to form an integrated structure.
Once the gunite cures, a third component is applied to complete a gunite pool: plaster. Forming a waterproof surface in a gunite pool, this final coating is what everyone sees as the pool’s smooth interior surface.
A Brief History of Gunite
In the early 1900’s, Carl Akeley, a famous hunter and naturalist, devised a method of spraying plaster onto animal-shaped wire frames. He placed a dry plaster mix into a chamber that resembled a pressure cooker, and used compressed air to push the powder through a hose to a nozzle where mixing water was added. He found that the product, later called gunite, was extremely versatile and achieved outstanding results.
As time passed, myriad uses of gunite emerged to create curves and special shapes in concrete. Bridges, dams, reservoirs, pools, tanks, canals, docks, slopes, tunnels and pipelines all became candidates for the adaptable substance.
Benefit from Our Expertise
While gunite materials have advanced, the process remains unchanged to this day. The quality of the finished product, however, depends solely on the experience and skill of the artist in creating an outstanding result. Conklin Pools combines unparalleled construction expertise with superb artisan skill to create exceptional in ground swimming pools and spas for discerning clients in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley New York.
"I moved to Pleasant Valley in Duchess County on June 1, 2016. Coming from Los Angeles California, I had already had one pool-building experience, and was keen to put in a pool on my new horse farm property. Jesse Conklin returned my initial inquiry promptly, and came out to the property to discuss all possibilities regarding the creation of a new pool. He could not have been more accommodating and informative. Jesse helped me through the paper work, the permits, and promised me (yes, promised!) that I would be swimming before the summer was over. He not only made good on that promise, but he and his crew created the most perfect pool for me and my family. They chose the perfect setting, they were consistent with their time-table, and whenever I had any question, Jesse was always always on hand with a prompt response. he and his crew created our perfect pool in less than a month. Every swim is, seriously, like a vacation in paradise. I wish we could do the whole experience all over again! This is the second pool I have had built in my life time, and I have to say that Conklin Pools will bring you the pool of your dreams, and beyond."
"When we finally decided to put a pool in at our home in Stone Ridge, NY, we talked to numerous friends who had put in pools and nobody was happy with their pool contractor. Even our home contractor couldn't recommend the person he had used to install his own pool. We were then referred to Jessie Conklin by our landscape designer. The reviews from his clients, with whom we spoke, seemed too good to be true. We decided to move forward with Jessie and we now have a dark bottom 36x14 gunite pool with blue stone coping and patio that is breathtaking. Its changed our life upstate and we cannot keep our friends and family away. In addition, Jessie recommended an autocover, which is one of the best decisions we could have made. It keeps the pool spotless, warm (we haven't used the heater all summer!) and most importantly, has allowed us to relax and not worry about our young children since they don't have the code to unlock the cover. Every suggestion Jessie made proved to be a good one, from the autocover to the 2 benches in the deep-end where we relax and chat with friends, drink wine and create a destination for our children when they are swimming the length of the pool. In addition to delivering a pool that exceeded our expectations in appearance and functionality, everything about the process with Jessie was seamless and easy. Jessie told us the pool would take 30 - 40 days from breaking ground to completion, and it did - we were shocked! There were no hidden fees and no surprises - the final price was in-line with the estimate and lastly, Jessie was (and continues to be) completely accessible, answering every call and tweaking every detail to deliver perfection. We cannot say enough good things about Jessie and Conklin Pools
"Before having our pool built, my wife and I did extensive research on the various types of residential pools as well as vetting many tri state area contractors. When it comes to a major project involving excavation, masonry, plumbing, and electrical work, you need a highly competent contractor. After doing our due diligence, Conklin Pools was the clear winner. No other contractor even came close. Jesse’s aesthetic sensibilities and attention to detail assure you get what you want. The cost of the project was fair to both of us, and the overall value is the best you are going to get, anywhere. Quality was evident throughout the construction process. Conklin Pools committed to finish the job in a far shorter time period than did anyone else and they delivered! Jesse is onsite the entire time, and the project was on time and on budget. His crew is skilled, friendly, courteous, and maintains the jobsite in an orderly fashion. Aftercare is great. Jesse is always a quick call or text away. Bottom line: if you need to build a pool that you will enjoy forever, Conklin Pools is your contractor
"My swimming pool was built by a different contractor 3 years ago. When I opened my pool for the season, there were cracks everywhere and the tile and stones were falling off the walls. I called Conklin Pools and Jesse came out to look at it. After he scuba dove it and took some measurements, he told me he would be able to get it up and running like new. Needless to say, they did a phenomenal job and I would highly recommend Conklin Pools for any type of pool renovations.
"Right from the start and throughout our entire project, Jesse was there every step of the way. Whenever we had questions or other decisions to make, he always gave us a timely response. He listened to our wants and needs and had it all come together perfectly.