Tiling your pool and choosing the right tiles for your swimming pool is a big decision and also one of the most costly in your project. Your tile can come in all shapes types, which could include Glass, Mosaics, Ceramic and natural Stone. Your main concern when choosing is to make sure your chosen tile has a low absorption rate of generally less than 3% and they will be constantly immersed in water and the last thing you want is for your tile to start to break down in future years.
- Mosaic Tiles Probably the most common choice and the widest colour variety, most are suitable for your pool. Mosaic tiles give the best design results
- Glass Tiles This type of tile are mostly suitable for pools and give a beautiful finish and amazing reflections
- Porcelain Tiles Highly suitable for your pool and come in many shapes and sizes to create different patterns and styles
- Ceramic Can be suitable for your pool, but be careful to check on the absorption rate
- Bottom of your Swimming Pool Care has to be taken in all shallow areas, a non-slip tile should be used until a decent water depth as your feet will slip when trying to walk
- Swimming Pool Steps All steps should have non-slip tiles and a bright colour contrast around the step edges to clearly designate the edge of your steps
Laying the Tiles
Spend great efforts on deciding which professional you get to tile your pool. Most experienced tilers will be of great help to you, they will be able to pass on their knowledge and experience and help you achieve your desired affects. You have many options for the type of tiles and now you should give some thought to trying to introduce some patterns in your pool, this can be as simple as a Tile Band at the top of your pool or introducing bands of different colour tiles to designate different depths of water within your pool.
I have tried to make a small attempt at the aspects of tiling your swimming pool. The whole subject of tiling a swimming pool can get very complicated when you take in all the options, the knowledge of a pool professional will be of a great help and as always, you should involve him at the earliest stage in the design process.
If you require any further information or advice I will be happy to try and assist.