Which Tile Should You Choose For Your Pool?

While waterline pool tiles serve this essential purpose, we can’t ignore their value as a practical design element. The possibilities are endless with many color options, textures, and formats. From subway tile to blue mosaic tile, there’s something for everyone to create their personalized paradise. A new trend has become increasingly popular and provides a sleek, modern look to any area: glass mosaic tile. When installed properly, glass pool tile is the most durable tile you can use. Moreover, it provides a unique, almost glistening look that cannot be recreated by any other material.

Aesthetics aside, there are several other significant factors to consider when deciding between glass waterline tile versus porcelain waterline tile.

Glass Tile

Glass pool tile is the latest, most fashionable pool tile trend. Glass tile provides a luxurious, visually appealing style to your pool and will increase the resale value of your home. For waterlines (as well as all-glass tile pool finishes) glass mosaic tile is surging in popularity because of its dynamic, transparent body and a wide variety of rich colors, which perfectly reflect sunlight and mirror the movement of water.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain pool tile is still the most common choice for swimming pools. It’s a dense, durable swimming pool tile that’s easy to install and easy to clean. Soft to the touch, porcelain pool tile is available in a wide array of styles and colors, which helps make it easy to find the perfect tile to match the rest of your pool colors and features.

Sizing Things Up

While normally sold in 12-inch square sheets, waterline pool tile is available in an assortment of chip sizes, including:

  • 1” x 1”
  • 1” x 2”
  • 2” x 2”
  • 3” x 3”
  • 6” x 6”

The size tile you choose is mainly a matter of taste. However, keep in mind that smaller tiles are preferred with irregular pool shapes (free form, kidney) because they are easier to wrap around corners. Some designers also feel that smaller chip sizes give pools a more opulent feel.

For a 6-inch waterline band, the 12-inch square sheets can be conveniently cut into two equal halves to provide two linear feet of waterline swimming pool tile.

The Color Factor

Many pool owners like to use waterline tile colors that complement other aspects such as the coping, deck surface, or trim colors of their house. Other pool owners prefer to make the waterline the focal point. This is where glass mosaic tile is an especially good choice because of its eye-catching allure.

Also note, the color of your waterline pool tile has an impact on the visual perception of your pool water. Luxury hotels and spas often use white mosaic pool tile because white denotes purity and relaxation and tends to make pool water appear sky blue – a favorite color of travelers looking to take it easy.

Still, the favorite among pool owners is a blue mosaic tile. Blue swimming pool tile makes the water look blue. If you plan on using your waterline as a focal point, you can turn the color of the water into a rich ocean blue by using a darker blue mosaic tile

No matter what your color preference is, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re more inclined towards the classic, traditional look porcelain pool tile provides, or if you favor the sleek, modern elegance of glass pool tile, there is a tile just for you and we’re happy to help you make the most of your space.

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