3 Important Options to Consider When Choosing Pool Tiles
Swimming pool tiles do more than just make your pool look good; 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 very uncomfortable during extreme weather conditions even if your pool is heated as it may hold heat or cold.
When choosing a type of pool tile, you should consider the color and design, but the material will also be important. Note a few options you have before making your final decision.
1. Glass tiles
Glass tiles can be very attractive as they reflect light and make your pool seem bigger and brighter. Glass can also be very comfortable under the feet, and they're very durable as the thick glass used for pool tiles doesn't break or crack very easily.
The drawback of glass tile is that it may create a very slick surface. If you want to use the tile around your pool and not just inside the pool itself, this can mean a slippery surface once it gets wet. Glass may also become colder as it doesn't hold heat very well. For a tropical area that is hot most of the year, it can be a good choice but for other areas, it may only be a good option for a heated pool. Otherwise the surface may be too cool for comfort.
2. Porcelain tiles
Porcelain tiles are very affordable and they may provide a surface that is less slick than glass, so they may be good for tiling around the pool and not just inside the pool. Porcelain also doesn't absorb heat so it can be a good choice in very hot and tropical areas, but it too may become cool if your pool is not heated. The material is also very lightweight and typically easier to install than others, so it can often be the most affordable option.
3. Slate tiles
Slate conducts heat so it may not be good for tropical areas, but for cooler areas it can keep your pool warm even if it's not heated. Slate also has a more grooved and pitted surface than glass so it can be safer around the pool. However, slate is heavy and therefore more difficult to install, and the material itself can be more expensive overall. Note your budget if you're thinking of slate, especially if you want to tile around the pool area.