3 Things to Consider When Choosing Pool Tiles

26 November 2020


Pool tiles do more than just make your swimming pool look great; they also provide a surface that is much safer than the bare cement used to create your pool. Cement can scratch your skin and cause scrapes, and it can also be difficult during intense weather conditions even if your pool is heated as it may hold heat or cold.

When choosing a type of pool tiles, you should consider the design, and color but the material also be essential. Here a few tips you have before making your final decision.

Glass tiles

Glass tiles can be attractive as they reflect light and make your pool look bigger and brighter. Glass can also be very useful under the feet, and they're very durable as the thick glass used for pool tiles doesn't break or crack very easily.

The main disadvantage of glass tile is that it may create a very slippery surface. If you want to use the tile around your pool and not just inside the pool, this can mean a slippery surface once it gets wet. Glass may also become colder as it doesn't hold warmth. For a tropic area that is hot most of the year, it can be a good option but for other areas, it may only be a good option for a heated pool. Otherwise, the surface may be too cool for comfort.

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are more affordable comparing to glass tiles, and also they may provide a surface that is less slick. So the Porcelain tiles may be good for installing around the pool not just inside the pool. they also don't absorb heat so it can be a great choice in very hot and tropical areas, but it also may become cool if your pool is not heated. The material is also very lightweight and typically easier to install than other tiles, so it can often be the most affordable choice.

Slate tiles 

Slate conducts heat so it may not be suitable for tropical areas, but for cooler areas, it can keep your pool hot even if it's not heated. Slate also has a more grooved and pitted surface than glass tiles so it can be safer around the pool. However, slate is heavy and therefore more hard to install, and the material itself can be more expensive overall. Plan your budget if you're thinking of slate, particularly if you want to tile around the pool area.