Whether you’re building a new pool or revamping an existing one, selecting pool tiles is one of the biggest decisions you will make.
Much like choosing between a gunite pool or fabulous fiberglass, the pool tiles you select can change the esthetics of your backyard for many years to come.
Before you begin your search for the perfect pool tiles, there are two types of tiles that you should be aware of:
Inlaid Pool Tiles
Inlaid pool tiles are typically used underwater. This type of tile is also recessed into fiberglass pool molds, flush with the pool surface. Fiberglass pools do not require tile, but they can add a unique visual element.
Inlaid pool tiles can be used as decorative additions, or for steps, seats, and floors. They can be fancy or fun. Inlaid tiles are expensive to replace, which is something to consider when choosing this option.
Waterline Pool Tiles
Waterline tiles use a silicone adhesive to stick to the pool’s walls. They come in 6-inch strips that run along the pool perimeter. Waterline tiles are easy to repair and replace since emptying the pool is not necessary.
Waterline swimming pool tiles are mounted at the top of the pool below the coping (protective cap). While they can be beautiful, they also serve an important purpose.
Waterline pool tiles help prevent pollen, sunscreen, body oils, and other substances from entering your pool.
Due to their smooth, non-porous surface, waterline tiles are easy to clean. The tiles also protect the pool’s structure from the naturally destructive force of the water.
Choosing Pool Tile Materials
Pool tiles are made from a variety of materials. There are pros and cons to the differing tile styles.
Ceramic Pool Tiles
Ceramic pool tiles come in unique shapes, designs, and patterns, and can add a whimsical touch to your pool. Available in many shades of blue, green, and turquoise, ceramic pool tiles can elevate the beauty of the water while offering esthetic continuity.
Ceramic tiles are typically the most affordable. However, the cost can increase significantly during customization.
Glass Pool Tiles
Glass tiles can add a touch of class to your swimming pool. They come in a wide range of colors and designs. However, they are not just beautiful. They can withstand harsh pool chemicals and are long-lasting
You can install glass tiles on the pool floor to give an illusion of depth. When the sun hits the water, glass pool tiles sparkle, creating a magical appearance.
Glass tiles are incredibly versatile and can be used to create intricate designs. Their stunning hues don’t fade. While plaster and aggregate surfaces become dull over time, glass tile stays true almost indefinitely.
Porcelain Pool Tiles
Porcelain pool tiles are a popular choice, as they require minimal upkeep. With just some basic cleaning, they continue to shine. Porcelain pool tiles are soft to the touch and do not absorb heat, making them a good choice for spas.
Porcelain pool tiles come in a wide array of designs, from elegant stone to dazzling jewel tones. Installing porcelain tiles can be labor-intensive, which can add significant cost to your build.
Mosaic Pool Tiles
Mosaic Pool Tiles are ideal for custom patterns. They are also great for retaining walls, pool floors, and decks, and can seamlessly connect your overall design.
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