The terms Shotcrete and Gunite are often used as synonyms of one another and refers to a placement method of concrete. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) defines shotcrete as “concrete or mortar conveyed through a hose and pneumatically projected at high velocity onto a surface to achieve compaction.” Although some people use the terms to refer to the materials or end product, in reality, shotcrete is actually the placement method itself. The end product is concrete. Unlike traditional form and pour concrete, shotcrete only requires one side or form to shoot against, and thus can be placed in locations that would otherwise be difficult to impossible with other methods. The bond created with shotcrete is also superior to other methods when the bond is a concern, such as with overhead concrete repairs.
Our team at Palmetto Gunite has decades of experience with both wet and dry mix applications, and we employ highly trained, ACI certified nozzlemen to complete any job where shotcrete can be used. This ranges from a wide variety of concrete repair needs, structural concrete, existing building uplifts to meet increased load or updated seismic requirements, and much more.