Should You Have Your Pool's Interior Tiled?

Posted on: 27 May 2018

Designing your own custom pool is a lot of fun, but there are a lot of decisions to make along the way. One decision you'll need to make is how to finish the interior of your pool. There are a few options to choose from, including the ever-popular plaster. However, one finish you should strongly consider is tile. It's not right for everyone, but it does work well for the vast majority of homeowners. Here's a look at four advantages of tile finishes for pools.

1. Tile lasts longer

You can expect a tile finish to last at least 20 years before it needs to be replaced. Small amounts of damage are also easy to repair along the way. (A pool contractor can replace one damaged tile without having to refinish the rest of the pool.) On the contrary, a plaster pool will probably have to be refinished after about 10 years. Water and the chemicals you put in your pool are pretty hard on the plaster, whereas tile stands up to these chemicals better.

2. Tile does not accumulate as much algae

You've probably seen an ugly, older pool covered in algae growth. The algae cling to rough surfaces, such as that of a plaster-finished pool. Comparatively, tile has a smooth texture, and it is therefore not as appealing to algae. Any algae that do appear is easy to scrub away, thanks to this smooth texture. Your tile-finished pool will stay looking cleaner for a lot longer than a pool finished with plaster or concrete.

3. Tile comes in many colors

If you want to create a pool with a bold, artistic look, tile is the best choice. You can use various colors of tile to create a unique pattern and design. Of course, there are also more natural tile choices, like gray and white. You can choose smaller tiles for a more traditional look or larger ones for a more modern design.

4. Tile won't give you pool toe

You may have experienced pool toe before when spending a lot of time in big, underground pools. It's a condition in which the skin on the bottom of your big toe gets all rough and abraded due to the texture on the bottom of the pool. Since tile is smoother than plaster, it won't give you pool toe. This is a great advantage if you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool.

For more information, contact a company like Kerley & Son's Pool Plastering.

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My son started begging me for a pool when he turned five. I soon broke down and started exploring the best option for an inground pool that would fit in my yard. I contacted a contractor and the professional provided me with fiberglass, cement, and vinyl options to choose from. My size and shape options were endless and I also needed to figure out if I wanted salt sanitation or a chlorine system with a filter. I also found out that I needed to meet city guidelines in regard to placement, and my home insurance would probably go up due to the installation. A fence was required as well. My head was spinning after talking to the professional. I had a lot of decisions to make and you do too if you want a pool. Start with the information on my blog to make sure these decisions are easy ones.

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