A swimming pool without appealing tiles surrounding it is an incomplete one. Tiles which go with the lighting, the outside decor and bring together the overall theme of your house, outside space and swimming pool design can make or break an otherwise beautiful swimming pool. Here are 5 tips for choosing the best tile for your pool.
Keep within budget. Clearly we all want the absolute best of everything, but best does not by any means imply the most expensive. Tiles with more intricate designs are going to cost more than simpler ones. Luckily, simplicity is always in. You can purchase gorgeous looking pool tiles that are big on aesthetic appeal while still being low cost.
Make safety a top priority. Wet and slippery pool areas can be accidents waiting to happen. Taking special care to make sure you are buying slip resistant tiles is extremely important, especially if you have small children or elderly people that will be using your pool. A fall on a pool deck or patio, especially with the added water hazard, could spell catastrophe. Slip proof tiles will help mitigate that possibility.
Make sure your tiles come with a warranty. If it is an outdoor pool, not only is it going to be exposed to the elements 365 days a year, but it will be a near certainty that the area will remain constantly wet during the summer months when everyone is using it. It wouldn’t make economic sense to own a pool if you had to replace your tiles every season. Purchase tiles that come with a warranty that covers things like water and other damage as well as colour fading.
Choose your design. Not all tiles are suited for all pools. Decorative tiles with prints might look better if you have a more opulent pool design. If you’ve gone for simplicity with your pool, having intricate tiles that clash with that simplicity may not be your best option. Tilling options are endless and you can mix and match based on your own unique style.
Ask for samples. As with any other tiles, ordering samples so you can inspect the material and colour is important. Having some tiles to play with and experiment with before you go and make a purchase will give you a better idea of what the finished product will look like and peace of mind that you are spending your money wisely.
As important as the look of your pool is, it is equally as important not to forget that the tiles around it take on a life of their own. A beautiful swimming pool is more than just a hole with some water in it. It is the sum total of the entire area, part of which are the tiles you choose to place around it. Follow the above 5 tips when choosing tiles for your pool area and make it really come to life.