Benefits of Tiles
Lining a pool with tiles has long been regarded as the premium finish
for swimming pools. Tiles are regarded highly due to their appearance
and superior durability. On a practical level, they are easier to clean
than cement based rendered surfaces such as pebblecrete used in concrete
pools and require less maintenance.
Why use Waterline Tiles?
Waterline tiles provide the final finishing touch for your pool. Aesthetically,
they allow you to match or contrast your pool colour and/or pool’s
surroundings. Tiles can also help to make the pool bluer by using a
dark blue waterline tile with a light coloured interior. Furthermore,
waterline tiles avoid having a dry, washed out look between the coping
and the water that you can get with render finishes.
On a practical
level, tiles are easier to clean than cement based rendered surfaces
such as pebblecrete used in concrete pools. Waterline tiles greatly
increase the ease of cleaning the dirt that deposits on the walls of
the pool at the waterline.
pools, waterline tiles give the illusion that the pool is constructed
from concrete, as tiles are synonymous with concrete pools. Additionally,
they protect the gel coat from the sun’s rays.
Benefits of Fully Tiling
Fully tiling a pool is certainly regarded as the premium finish for concrete pools. Tiles are extremely durable as well as offering almost limitless design choices. They look fantastic, are easy to maintain and most importantly are gentle on your feet due to their silky smoothness. There are two main types of tiles commonly employed. These are glass mosaics and glazed ceramic mosaics.
Glass mosaic tiles are becoming increasingly popular for swimming pools, spas and water features. Glass mosaics offer a much wider colour choice than traditional ceramic mosaics and provide visual effects such as crystal, gold and pearl that simply aren’t available when using ceramic tiles. Their small size complements the modern finishes used in today’s homes.
The ‘Pearl’ series of glass mosaic tiles feature a mother of pearl finish applied over the top of each tile. When looking from different angles, the tiles reflect a rainbow effect bringing your pool to life! The effect is even more obvious when the pool is in shade.
Crystal glass mosaic tiles are coloured by a ceramic glaze on the back side of the tiles. This means that you are looking through clear glass to the colour giving a truly three dimensional effect. Crystal glass mosaics are smooth to touch, modern and elegant.
The Pool Tile Company has recently developed a new range of glass mosaics that blends the ‘Pearl’ and ‘Crystal’ ranges of glass mosaics for an amazing shimmering three dimensional effect. This new range is called the ‘Crystal Pearl’ range.
Many clients ask whether you notice the grout lines more with glass mosaics. Whilst there are more grout lines, you don’t notice them as much as with larger tiles. If you think of a checked shirt, you see large checks far easier than small checks.
Ceramic mosaics come in numerous size and colour combinations. They are often less expensive than glass. They also cost less to lay due to them usually being larger plus they do not require more expensive adhesives.
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