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Choosing A Pool Tile

Tuesday 17th January 2012

Fresh and modern designs have turned swimming pools into a decorative feature as well as a functional leisure structure. Once you have chosen the shape, depth and structural form of your pool, the next step is deciding on the appearance, such as what kind of tile to install. Most swimming pools use ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles, which come in a variety of styles, colours and textures. Tiling Advisor walks you through how to make your selection to give a pool that is stylish, safe and striking.

Safety
Make sure you choose slip resistant tiles. A swimming pool area will of course often be wet, so you want a surface that prevents slips and falls. Tiles for outside the pool itself should also be treated to increase their friction. You'll also want UV resistant tiles so they will not crack, distort or otherwise take damage from regular exposure to bright sunlight, and keep an eye out for frost-resistant tiles too, especially if you live in a colder area.
Budget
The most sensible way to handle this is to budget the cost of tiles into the overall price of building the pool, but if you haven't done this you still need to carefully decide how much you are able to spend and select a tile accordingly. Many tiles also come with guarantees against fading or wear damage which can help protect your investment. Do not be tempted to buy very cheap tiles as these will often turn out to be a false economy when they need regular replacements. Many tile retailers will offer bulk discounts so ask your supplier for the most economical solution and see if discount tiles are available.
Style
Tiles are a long term form of decoration so it is worth spending a while making sure you like the aesthetics of your selection! Remember the wall tiles you choose are very highly visible, and take other surroundings into consideration to give a good overall effect. For example, glass mosaic tiles can complement a wooded or tropical-style setting, and you might want to choose rounded edges for both appaearances and safety. If your pool area is more traditional, classic blue pool tiles or terracotta tiles are a safe choice, or you could go for bright gloss tiles to make a fun water-filled play area for children using the pool. It is often a good idea to get some tile samples before making your purchase, so you can lay some tiles out where they will go and see how they look before making your decision.
Maintenance
Don't forget to ask about cleaning and put in proper grouting and water-resistant adhesive when laying tiles. Swimming pool tiles are notorious for developing scum build-up which often needs a quite abrasive cleaning solution to clear, so ask your dealer if they can recommend any tile cleaning products.

Safety

Make sure you choose slip resistant tiles. A swimming pool area will of course often be wet, so you want a surface that prevents slips and falls. Tiles for outside the pool itself should also be treated to increase their friction. You'll also want UV resistant tiles so they will not crack, distort, fade or otherwise take damage from regular exposure to bright sunlight, and keep an eye out for frost-resistant tiles too, especially if you live in a colder area.

Budget

The most sensible way to handle this is to budget the cost of tiles into the overall price of building the pool, but if you haven't done this you still need to carefully decide how much you are able to spend and select a tile accordingly. Many tiles also come with guarantees against fading or wear damage which can help protect your investment. Do not be tempted to buy very cheap tiles as these will often turn out to be a false economy when they need regular replacements. Many tile retailers will offer bulk discounts so ask your supplier for the most economical solution and see if discount tiles are available.

Style

Tiles are a long term form of decoration so it is worth spending a while making sure you like the aesthetics of your selection! Remember the wall tiles you choose are very highly visible, and take other surroundings into consideration to give a good overall effect. For example, glass mosaic tiles can complement a wooded or tropical-style setting, and you might want to choose rounded edges for both appaearances and safety. If your pool area is more traditional, classic blue pool tiles or terracotta tiles are a safe choice, or you could go for bright gloss tiles to make a fun water-filled play area for children using the pool. It is often a good idea to get some tile samples before making your purchase, so you can lay some tiles out where they will go and see how they look before making your decision.

Maintenance

Don't forget to ask about cleaning and put in proper grouting and water-resistant adhesive when laying tiles. Swimming pool tiles are notorious for developing scum build-up which often needs a quite abrasive cleaning solution to clear, so ask your dealer if they can recommend any tile cleaning products.

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