Tiling Your Swimming Pool

Tiling Your Swimming Pool

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
One of the great difficulties with choosing your tile is the colour scheme. Tiles today come in a vast range of colours and the experience of a professional swimming pool consultant will be invaluable, he will have access to many tile samples that are perfectly suited to your pool environment. Long gone are the days were you just have to choose a blue tile and live with that.



One of the things you have to give great thought to is the safety issue that will be created when adding water to a tiles surface, by nature most tiles will become very slippery and great thought has to be used to introduce non-slip tiles in all areas that are exposed to water, this could come from your bathers coming out of the pool or splashing from general pool use.
  • 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
Although this is an article about tiling your swimming pool I should touch on your pool surround and re-iterate the warning that all areas that come into contact with water should be non-slip, especially in a commercial project.


Now you have chosen your tile, please make sure you choose a good quality pool grade adhesive that is suitable for that tile and a pool environment. If you get this wrong the fact your tile is immersed in a body of water with quite aggressive water chemistry can result in your tiles just falling off the pool walls. A quick tip is to try and choose the same colour adhesive to your tile grout. Please make sure you consult an expert on this subject before you proceed and just don`t pick up the cheapest adhesive on the shelf.

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.

You could also introduced pictures that are made up of shaped tiles or mosaics to create quite intricate drawings that can be purchased all ready just to be adhered into the correct position.

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.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>