5 Tiles You Should Consider For Pool Surrounds

Pool tiles are different from regular tiles as they are able to withstand the harsh weather, water and chemicals. Choose the right pool tiles to make your pool a private oasis and a safe place for you to relax. In this article, we discuss the factors you must consider and the best materials for pool tiles. Keep reading to learn more.

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Tiles for Pool Surrounds

  • Is the material slip-resistant? This is a no-brainer as you wouldn’t want to slip and hurt yourself. Most pool surround tiles have a P4 or P5 rating as they have low slip risk.
  • Quality of the tiles - choosing tiles solely on the basis of how pretty it is will not matter when the tiles break. It is recommended to choose pool tiles that are made from the highest quality of workmanship. It will last you for decades and have a high aesthetic value.
  • Tile material - Pool tiles come in various materials like ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone. When choosing the material of your tiles, choose a material that complements your home’s architecture.
  • Colour - light coloured tiles reflect light and give the illusion that your pool is bigger than its actual size. In contrast, dark colours create a moody and captivating look. When it comes to choosing the tile colour, consider the landscape, feature elements near your pool, and your garden to create the right effect.
  • Comfort - Some materials get really hot due to the sunlight. So choose a material that is cool and comfortable to walk on, like travertine or limestone.
  • Maintenance - Choose a material that is low-maintenance and won’t take a lot of effort to clean.
  • Budget - Lastly, consider your budget and factor in the labour expenses before you finalise a tile for your pool surrounds.

Best Tile Ideas for Pool Surrounds

Porcelain - Porcelain tiles are a perfect choice for pool surrounds. They are pre-sealed so they won’t get damaged by water. Porcelain is a low-maintenance material and super easy to clean. You can also opt for a timber-looking porcelain tile to create a natural and rustic look. It is easy to install, practical and doesn’t get damaged easily as compared to real wood. Bring in the outdoorsy wooden appeal to your home with timber-looking tiles.

Ceramic Tiles - Ceramic are a popular choice for pool surround tiles. They are inexpensive, durable and easy to maintain. Ceramic tiles come in a variety of colours, patterns and designs

Terrazzo - Another popular material for pool surrounds is Terrazzo thanks to its ability to repel stains, low maintenance and durability. It is also slip-resistant and watertight so it doesn’t get damaged by water.

Stone - Natural stones never go out of style when it comes to pool surrounds. Travertine and limestone have a raw and natural look. They are elegant and can be cleaned easily. Stones like marbles and travertine do not absorb a lot of heat and are ideal for harsh Aussie summers. So you can walk barefoot in the scorching heat without burning your feet. Bluestone or basalt is salt-resistant and a perfect option for pools using salt and chlorine. However, stone flooring requires sealing to protect damage from liquids and dirt.

Glass Mosaic Tiles - Glass tiles are popular and have a timeless appeal which can transform your outdoor space. They are waterproof and do not get damaged easily. They are available in a variety of colours and designs making it an ideal choice for pool surrounds.

Difference between Pool Tiles and Regular Tiles

Pool tiles are designed to withstand sunlight, water and chemicals added in swimming pools. They are durable and long-lasting. Regular tiles are designed for indoor use and will not be able to withstand the harsh outside weather conditions. When you select a pool tile, make sure it is designed specifically for pools.

Your Local Pool Tiling Experts

At Mastercraft tiling, we are specialists in tiling. If you need more information about our pool tiling services, give us a call on 07 3063 5633 or complete our online pool tiling enquiry form.

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