Pool Tile

by Pool Builders on 02-15-2008 in Articles

Do you own a swimming pool? Every time you look at it, do you wish you could do something that would make your pool look much more elegant? Well, that wish can be a reality with the simple use of pool tile. Whether it be in your pool or around it, pool tile is sure to make your swimming pool the talk of the neighborhood.

So what exactly is pool tile? Well, pool tile is used by many commercial swimming pools as an added layer over your liner that helps to prevent leaks in your pool. So rather than simply being an aesthetic eye catcher, they actually serve a purpose that can add years of life to your pool. Pool tile is usually made out of plaster or linoleum, lightweight and relatively cheap materials that are widely available. These are good materials to pick from, as they require minimal maintenance and cleaning.

Of course, there are other kinds of tiles to choose from for both in your pool, and around your pool. An alternative to the linoleum and plaster look is stone. Stone tiles give your pool an earthier, natural look and feel, and those who use stone pool tile swear on it as being the premiere pool tile in both appearance and functionality.

Another alternative to plaster, linoleum and even stone, is glass. Glass tiles have been used for many years both in and out of the swimming pool. Many bars use glass tiles in their windows, as do other businesses. In fact, some people even use glass tiles for their showers. The reason for this lies in their sturdy construction that can last a lifetime. Many glass tiles, which are more like blocks than tiles, are upwards of four inches thick. This makes them super resistant to just about anything that would be trying to crack it. If properly installed, glass tiles are also a great insulator, which is why it has become so popular for use in showers. Glass tiles are a sure way to guarantee that your showers stay hot, but more importantly, that your pool water stays perfect to swim in year round.

Now it's not just your swimming pool that you can tile. The immediate area around your swimming pool is another prime location to lay down tile, providing a kind of border around your swimming pool. Often times it's simply not enough to just tile your pool walls or floor. To truly create that elegant look that will impress your friends and neighbors, laying down tiles surrounding your pool will go a long way. Another option you always have is to lay down brick walkways to and from the pool, creating a path from your porch to the swimming area.

No matter what style you are going for, whether it is an earthy feel or a fancifulness that will have the neighborhood a buzz about your next pool party, there are many options available for you. And with literally hundreds of different styles, you are sure to find something you love.

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