16 May 2022

Choosing the right tiling for your pool can be complicated. In the next few lines, we´ll try to clear up some of your doubts.

Swimming pools have become an important part of landscaping. They´re no longer thought of as an element developed independently, but rather as an integrated part of outdoor architecture.

The choice of pool tiling will be fundamental for achieving the desired result.

Below we´ll discuss the types of pool cladding available on the market, together with their advantages and drawbacks:

    1. Glass mosaic tiles

This is the most popular type of pool surface used in Spain. The main advantages are its exceptional resilience, long lifespan, and virtually limitless choice of colours and textures, including designs that imitate natural stone, marble, and wood.

One thing to consider is that if tiles are joined with a cement-based grout, the pool will need to be regrouted every 5 to 6 years, as chemicals added to the pool water tend to degrade cement-based grouts. This is why ezarri recommends the more resistant epoxy grout. To prevent mosaic tiles from detaching, ezarri recommends using C2S1 adhesive.

    2. Liner

PVC pool liners are also used for surfacing pools. PVC liners are widely used in much of Europe although less so in Spain.

The main advantage of PVC lining is that it creates an effective water seal and prevents cracking issues. It is also a less expensive option.

The main drawback is fading and discoloration, which means it must be replaced every 4 to 5 years. Another disadvantage is a more synthetic, less natural feel. 

    3. Paint

Painting is an inexpensive pool surfacing solution and is very easy to apply.

The main drawback is maintenance. Painted pool surfaces are not very resilient to sun and chemical exposure and should therefore be repainted every year. 

    4. Porcelain

The advantages of porcelain ceramics are its resilience and the range of brands and colours available (although less variety than mosaic).

The main drawback is high cost and complicated installation. Another disadvantage is that it is harder to adapt larger formats to irregular pool shapes.

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