The combination of manmade bodies of water and ornamental tile can be traced to the earliest civilizations. Swimming pools were and are considered an exotic luxury in the minds of many homeowners.
Since the middle of the 20th century, pool ownership has become a fixture in the American backyard landscape. Modern pools began with tile at the waterline, but have since developed into an opulent yet functional design element. Added by hand, tile adds an element of sophistication to your pool. Glass and porcelain are the most common types of pool tile materials.
Glass tiles make your pool a reflective work of are. Glass comes in a variety of colors, and various shapes and sizes. The glass tiles can be clear or opaque (Venetian), rough or smooth. Providing an extremely slippery surface, glass tiles also have very sharp edges particularly in areas where the grout has worn away. Compared to other pool surfaces, glass tile can retain their integrity and appearance almost indefinitely.
With iridescent and translucent qualities, glass tiles in pools can invoke strong emotional responses much like priceless works of art. Given the constantly moving light sources and an interesting glass tile design, the pool will perpetually refresh its visual appeal.
Porcelain is another tile material often found in pools. The most water-resistant of all ceramic tiles, porcelain is often glazed as well. This helps reduce reactions with the changing water chemistry. Porcelain tiles are often used as markers for water depth or stairways to prevent accidents. The versatility of porcelain also allows pool owners to create the same kinds of elaborate mosaics found on the floors and walls of homes and businesses.
Future pool owners have many options when it comes to the interior finishes of their pools. While tile may be initially a higher cost, tile also requires less maintenance, is more durable, and is gentler on the feet.
Pools can be a difficult application for some tiles. Not all tile products (glass, porcelain, or ceramic) can be used in pool applications. Consult with the professionals at Melcer Tile to make sure the tile and setting materials you choose will last the lifetime of your pool.