Tile and Coping
What is the right choice?
Blending indoor and outdoor areas into one setting enables you the pool owners to choose complementary materials. In the hands of our Splash Zone Pools professional designers, pool tile can connect a hardscape with a softscape, which can includes plants, foliage and flowers. Just as granite-tiled floors in a living room may extend outside to become a pool’s decking, a skillfully tiled patio transitions nicely into the water as a beach entry. Likewise, coordinating accessories that pick up a color in the tile bring forth a uniform setting. And, as always, design is established through the use of subtle details.
Popular styles such as vanishing-edge pools, spa spillways, beach entries and complex water features, serve as great canvases for stunning tile. The three main types of tile for pool finishes include glass tile, natural stone tile, and ceramic or porcelain tile.
Glass is the most popular tile choice for the past few years. While it can be the most expensive style of pool tile, some customers on a budget tend to use it with another type of tile or textures, creating a splash of color and finishes. Glass tile is a strong, durable, non-porous tile, that can be made from recycled materials. As a finishing touch, glass complements the transparent nature of water. With the ability to molded glass into various shapes, creating pebble-like or abstract effects, is a strong way to connect to your pool. Talk to one of our design professionals at Splash Zone Pools for more details and Design ideas.
Natural Stone Tile
If you are looking for a more natural look and textured feel, you may want to lean toward stone tile. Stone tile is relatively affordable for large areas, provides slip-resistance and maintains warmth after a day in the sun. Leading designers source stone from around the world, visiting quarries and selecting the best materials available. Many travel extensively to inspect particular batches to ensure the proper color, texture and veining of the tile.
Currently popular design elements include limestone, sandstone, bluestone and honed (semipolished) granite tile, as well as pavers and cobblestones. The textures and soft colors of these types of tile can be warm and inviting.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
For years, ceramic and porcelain tile have been the tried and true material for pool finishing. They are the least expensive and can be handpainted with intricate designs or formed into a mosaic. Textured porcelain blends well with the surrounding landscape, while glazed porcelain offers bold, striking accents.
Ceramic and porcelain tile are a great option for pool owners looking to add a custom look or waterline accent without extending their budget too far.
Our Splash Zone Pools professional designers can help you mix glass with stone or ceramic or a porcelain tile; the assortment can create a surprisingly unified theme. A positive outcome will be a balance of scale, color, texture and detail. The choices are endless, but the critical factor in selecting this style is the designer’s skill and knowledge of the material at hand.
Brick is the most common and popular pool coping material due to its versatility. Clay Coping is a great addition to any backyard pool design. Natural clay bricks are known for their durability, high strength, easy installation and repairs. They are easy to maintain, slip resistant, and they maintain their color consistently.
- Pros: Brick coping comes in variety of colors. The edges can be square edge or bullnose (rounded). This type of pool coping has a rustic appearance and therefore hides blemishes easily. Brick is very affordable and you have a large choice of colors which allows a wide range of design.
- Cons: Since brick is made from clay and shale, it’s porous and chips easily. Careful installation is necessary. You want to avoid “pie cuts” around radiuses, where the grout widens towards the outside edge. A good contractor will cut each brick to create even grout lines that not only look great but ensure support for each brick.
You can achieve a variety of pool coping designs with natural stone. Each individual stone has it’s own pro and con depending upon its composition. Before making a final decision on a specific natural stone, be sure you understand maintenance requirements and long-term results of your choice. The natural beauty of Travertine makes it ideal for any outdoor space. Whether creating a patio, a walkway, or a pool deck, Travertine’s rich tones and inherent shade variations will add warmth and sophistication to any setting.
Pros: Natural stone pool coping products a high-end, luxurious look.
Cons: Stone samples may not match the actual stone delivered as each natural stone can vary. Stone material is more difficult to cut for a radius pool. Because stone is thicker, it requires a flat surface, meaning there is no elevation difference between the deck and coping. As a result, this may require adjusting the height of the pool wall. Some materials can chip or be sharp to little fingers, such as flagstone. Also, some pool coping stone comes with the added maintenance expense of annual sealing.