A Gunite swimming pool is one of the most popular choices of pools for homes of any price range; but they are far from a 'cheap' choice. Lower priced pools (such as liners or fiberglass) are more popular with homes valued in the $150,000 to $250,000 range; but Gunite pool installations are the choice at least 50% of the time in homes valued at $250,000 to $500,000. The real separation is at the $750,000+ home price level, with "almost" 100% of pools built being a Gunite pool for homes in that price range.
Now in our 18th year as a inground swimming pool builder and one of Tulsa's leading swimming pool contractors, with over 11,000 customers, we have been blessed with a multitude of great reviews. Between Houzz, HomeAdvisor, LinkedIn, AngiesList, BBB, Facebook, Manta, TalkoftheTown, Yahoo, Google, and our 3 websites; we have over 1,000 positive reviews, testimonials, and references!
Before you even get to the point of asking a pool company for a quote though, allow me to encourage you to perform just a bit of due diligence as you select your swimming pool contractor. Don't be afraid to ask them these tough questions; otherwise, you will probably never have a peace of mind about hiring them:
And here is a VERY important piece of advice: Make sure you get EXACT "apples to apples" price quotes. Some companies only quote a 9" Gunite shell (it should be 12"). MOST companies do NOT include the cost of yard re-grading, re-sodding, drainage repair, sprinkler repair, or fence repair in their quotes. Those are HUGE costs.
Some companies do NOT get permits and inspections from the city or county; which allows them to take short cuts (that leads to lawsuits), because they can save multiple $1,000's of dollars in shortcuts that an inspector will catch. Some companies do NOT include the cost of an electrician or plumber in their quotes; because they can save $1,000's by having non-licensed crew members do the work. Or, they do it because it's a 'gotcha', and they present the plumber and electrician bills to you with final invoice and then show it to you in the fine print of the contract that it is an extra cost. (I've heard of this happening a few dozen times).
All Gunite pools are custom. We can build your Gunite pool square, rectangle, Grecian cornered, oval, round, kidney, L, infinity edge, beach entrance; or whatever type of design that your brain thinks of or sees in a picture. We can build it with a diving end, or as an adult play pool with no deep end and 5.5' all the way across. Very popular options are a sun shelf, waterfalls, bubblers, lights, and with a spa. We can install a floor cleaning system, and a remote control over the entire operation. There are dozens of options to consider.
In the simplest terms possible (so that I don't post an Encyclopedia): We make the design with you, get the permits, and place you on the construction calendar. Once started; we dig a large hole, dispose of the dirt, run electrical, run plumbing, then assemble a steel framework rebar grid secured together with tie-wire. Then, we spray a heavy coating of Gunite for the 12" thick walls (not 9" like some companies will do), and then allow it to sit and cure for 2-3 weeks. During that time, we install the LED lights, the pool equipment, the tile, the coping, and the pool deck. Then plaster is added to smooth over the Gunite. Water is added to fill the pool, and then chemically balanced. The system is checked for the final time, and it is time to "get wet".
Of course, there are 100+ other steps, but because some people have never had a Gunite pool; this keeps it very simple.
Gunite pools are much more expensive than fiberglass pools and way more expensive than liner pools. They are the most expensive and time-consuming pool to build, usually taking a full 2 months. Our custom designed in-ground Gunite swimming pools start at $50,000*; though no, that total price is about as likely to happen as a customer buying a new car or truck with roll-up windows.
It is quite common for a Gunite pool to 'average' $60,000 to $100,000 when options and extras are added in, and it is not uncommon for our customers to invest $100,000 to $150,000 if they are combining their Gunite pool with a spa, or waterfalls, or an infinity edge.
Plus, a pool house or an outdoor living area can easily add another $40,000 to $125,000 depending on total size and options. (Yes, some 'totals' are more than that if your pool house has a bedroom and bathroom.)
*Be VERY leery if a competitor tells you they can build your Gunite pool for less than $40,000; and include EVERYTHING in that cost; as that is impossible. Did they include the cost of the plumber? (Most do not.) Did they include the cost of an electrician? (Most do not.) Did they include the cost to re-grade and re-sod your yard? (Most do not.) Did they include the cost to repair or replace your fence or your damaged landscaping, or your damaged lawn sprinkler system? (Most do not.) Did they include the cost of a concrete pool deck for more than 3' all the way around? (Most do not.)
If you have another minute, allow me to explain more in detail about 'subs'. Most customers have no clue that the majority of steps for pool construction are subbed out. This means someone else is hired by the pool company to do the work. In Tulsa, there is not a single pool company that does not 'sub-out' the majority of the work. Follow me here:
There are 48 known companies (or persons) in Tulsa that will construct a Gunite pool for you. (With us being 1, and 6 or 7 others that will also do a great job, that leaves 40 companies that will probably steal your money, rob you blind, or leave you with a lawsuit).
But anyway, of the 48 companies ~ EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM ~ uses 1 of 2 Gunite companies in Tulsa for the Gunite spray application. That's right, there are only 2 Gunite companies in Tulsa that blow Gunite on EVERY SINGLE POOL that is in installed in Tulsa. And here's another eye-popping statistic ~ there are only 4 plaster companies. Which means that every single pool in Tulsa is plastered by 1 of these 4 plaster companies; unless they find a lone ranger that does it 'on the side'.
Additionally, virtually every company subs out the electrical work, the plumbing work, the concrete deck work, and the rebar. As of this spring, there was still not a single company in Tulsa that keeps a licensed electrician and plumber on full-time W2 staff. Almost every company subs out the tile work and the plumbing work. Almost every company subs out the excavation and the yard grading, the yard sodding, and the re-landscaping. Fortunately, there are 1,000's of well qualified subs available to do all of these other items. And we have great relationships with over 350 associates that we use in all our 3 companies.
About the only thing that a pool company W2 employee will do is hook up the pool equipment and balance the water chemically. That is an exaggeration of course, as there are a few companies (literally just a few) that keeps an Amigo on W2 staff for the tile work, or to run the heavy equipment for excavation, or to set the light and diving board. But, at most, no pool company in Tulsa employs (as a W2, not a 1099 sub) anyone to do more than 20% of the total work for a Gunite swimming pool. No one.
Therefore, it is safe to say that a pool company (including us) is only as good as our subs, and our subs are some of the best in Tulsa; many with multiple decades of experience.
Contact us today for a complimentary consultation on your new Gunite pool. We sincerely want to earn your business!