The great thing about tile is that it’s easy to mix and match. If you have your heart set on mosaic tile but don’t want to invest the cleaning time, mix it with stone for less maintenance. This is also a good way to build traction around your pool — blend pebbles with mosaic and glass for a decorative and functional look.
Porcelain. Although it’s easy to install and can withstand the elements fairly well, porcelain isn’t the best choice for pools with children. It can break under any type of blunt force.
Mosaic. Whether it’s used on the floor, on the sides or mixed in the surrounding tile, mosaic can add color and decoration. Although it can be a bit more expensive and difficult to clean than other types, mosaic can be made in any material.
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Glass. Glass tile is often used for the bottom of a pool since it makes the pool look deeper and broader. Installation may take a while but isn’t particularly difficult. Keep in mind that glass is slippery, so it may be difficult for swimmers to get a foothold in the shallow end if you use all glass.
Brick. This is often installed around the edges of a pool to provide traction and grip for swimmers. Brick is porous, so be sure to use sealed brick to prevent water damage. It will need to be resealed every few years.
Stone. Stone tile is slip-free and durable but can be expensive to install and purchase. However, the look is sophisticated and timeless, so it’s an investment that’s bound to pay off.