Tulsa’s Preferred Pool Construction Company
Gunite Pools of Tulsa is one of the leading pool construction companies in Tulsa. Our work is backed by our one-year parts and labor guarantee with all of our pool and spa installations.
Superior Custom Pool & Spa Design
The design process is vital in the creation of your ideal pool and spa, whether you prefer a style that is traditional, sophisticated, or extravagant. We keep you in mind when designing your pool. You can choose from an array of features to help you perfectly personalize your pool.
The Pool & Spa Design Process
In our first meeting, we ask you questions and listen to your needs and desires in order to get a clear understanding of exactly what you’re wanting. Below are four major design decisions we will lead you through:
- Size and shape of the pool and/or spa – We can do typical pool shapes or custom, freeform designs that can be tailored to your yard and existing landscape layout.
- Pool and spa technology – Gunite Pools of Tulsa offers the latest in pool technology. From LED lighting and sound systems to traditional pool features, we specialize in all of the modern options you are looking for.
- Aesthetic enhancements – You can choose to add waterfalls, fountains, slides, an infinity edge, a beach entry, etc., to your pool and spa.
- Pool decking options – We will ask you to choose the design of the area around your pool or spa, with many options for decking, concrete, pavers, stone, etc.
- Automatic Chlorinator
- Safety Line
- Pentair Whisperflo Pump and Pentair Filter
- Entry Steps
- Start-Up Chemicals & Indoctrination
- Dedicated Cleaner Return
- 2 LED Pool Lights
- Standard Permitting & Excavation
- 1 – 2 Skimmers Depending on Pool Size
- Two Main Drains
- Four Wall Returns
- Custom Spa
- Salt Systems
- Water Features
- Swimout Benches
- Vanishing Edge Designs
- Heater – Propane and Natural Gas Choices
- Remote Control Systems
- Diving Board
- Custom Water Features like Limestone Grottos or Stacked Stone Walls with Sheetfalls and a Flagstone Cap
- In-Floor Cleaning System
Designing Your Dream Pool & Spa
After we meet and find out what features you’re looking for, we use state-of-the-art design software to create an interactive, 3D design of your pool and spa. This makes it easy for you to visualize how your pool will look in your backyard, and to make instant design modifications based on what you see.
The Pool & Spa Construction Process
After we agree on a design, the pool construction process begins. Below are the major steps we take to build your pool.
We frame the perimeter of the pool in the space you’ve chosen. Once it’s ready, we use our equipment to efficiently remove 200 – 300 yards of earth to create the shape of the pool, and we spread gravel over the floor of the opening. We can generally complete this excavation process in one day.
We create a reinforcement structure in the opening with steel bars (a combination of 1/2 inch thick and 3/4 inch thick). The bars are lowered into the space vertically and horizontally, forming a ‘basket’ around the pool. For additional strength, we then add more steel bars around the top 12 inches of the pool wall and also in the section that will shift from shallow to deep.
Industry standard dictates that we encase all the pool piping inside the pool wall. Not only does this virtually eliminate later plumbing problems, but it helps protect the pipes from the ups and downs of Tulsa weather. After we connect the pipes in the wall skeleton, we extend them back to the equipment pad where they are pressure tested. The pipes pass our thorough quality control tests before we add the gunite.
Gunite is the mixture of sand and cement we use to form the wall of the pool. It is run into our pumps as a dry mixture, and we add water to it onsite when we’re ready to mold it into place. Our pool walls are thick and sturdy, and their dimensions exceed industry standards. We form our walls to be at least 10 inches thick at all points, and our floors are at least 8 inches thick. We have a team of craftsmen who specialize in creating each pool’s beautiful shape, and we’ve been told by customers that this day of the process is the most enjoyable to watch.
Coping is the cover around the top edge of the swimming pool. Not only does it provide safety by hiding the concrete edges and the tops of the steel bars, it also adds a barrier to keep water out of the pool shell and allows for expansion and contraction. In addition, the coping integrates the tile and the finish of the pool, making it an important element of the design. We can use poured concrete, brick, bluestone, or limestone to create the coping around your pool.
We lay frost-proof tile at the waterline and as far out as you’d like. Tile looks decorative, and it’s also an easy-to-clean surface, making it ideal for use around your pool. You can also choose to have us trim your stairs, spa benches, and steps with tile.
This step is a fun one for our customers. You get to see the complete design you’ve envisioned come to life! Do you want slides? Diving boards? A separate spa area? A large open space for entertaining? Whatever you’d like, we can work with you to make it happen! You’ll be able to choose from several materials for your deck, including limestone, stamped concrete, bluestone, brick, or broom-finished concrete.
Our final step before you can start swimming! To create a non-slip yet smooth, waterproof surface, we add a layer of pool plaster (a combination of finely-ground marble and white cement) to the interior of your pool. You can choose the traditional white, or you can select one of our even more durable colored finishes. When this process is complete, we will get out of your way so you can enjoy your pool!
The Finished Product
After construction of your pool and/or spa is completed, we will guide you through the process of getting it ready to use and enjoy!