Types of Backyard Pool Tiles

Backyard Pool Tiles
Backyard Pool Tiles

Let’s be honest, in the same way your home needs paint to look stylish and colorful, your swimming pool needs backyard pool tiles to also look stylish and colorful.  Without tiles, you just have a boring and dull swimming pool with no panache or color.  Swimming pool tiles are a great way to not only bring color to your pool and put in some of your personality into the look of it, but it also allows you to mix and match the colors of your home (inside or outside) with the pool. Before we talk about the types of tiles, let’s first talk about what you need to consider when buying tiles for pool construction in Stamford Ct.

Pool Tile Budget

I don’t care if you are Joe Shmoe or Bill Gates; you always need to have a budget in place before you decide on anything else.  So make sure you sit down and you figure out exactly how much money you have to put towards your tiles.  This is important because tiles not only come in different colors, but materials as well.

Safety First

Before deciding on colors and all that jazz, you need to also consider safety issues.  Some tiles like marble can be really slippery, pretty, but slippery nonetheless.  Figure out exactly where your pool is the wettest and make sure to put slip resistant tiles in those locations – for examples, around the edges of the pool.  If you have kids or even for yourself, if you don’t put slip resistant tiles in those wet locations, you could be walking and slip.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Lifetime Guarantee

Make sure that when choosing ANY tiles that you find a company that gives you a lifetime guarantee.  These tiles are for outdoor use.  This means they will need to be weatherized, but if anything does happen – a chip, a crack, one goes missing, you will need to replace it.  Finding a company that offers a lifetime guarantee or better yet free replacement tiles, is a good way to ensure that your investment is safe.

Choose a Design

There are colors you can use textures and of course designs.  You can get designs made up such as a fleur de lies on the bottom of the pool or a mermaid if you want to get really crazy.  But, choose a design first, that way when you have the installer come in, you know exactly what you want – and they will too.

Inside vs. Outside

When we talk about pool tiles, we mean tiles for the deck, for the wall, and for the bottom of the pool.  But, you need to understand that these tiles are all manufactured in different ways and have different chemical processes to make them durable for inside the pool or out.  In other words, it’s not a smart idea to use tiles for in the pool – out of the pool and out of the pool tiles for in the pool tiles.  Whew.  That was a mouthful.  Chances are inside pool tiles will be made to last against foot traffic, chemicals like chlorine and algae.


Most commonly used colors are white and blue because they refract light well and look attractive.  I don’t know about you, but the regular old blue and white tiles are boring to me.  In any case, you can choose from ANY color tile you want.  The sky is the limit.  However, a word of caution:  It’s a good idea to NOT use dark tiles on the bottom of the pool.  It might look cool, but it also messes up with your depth sensory and makes the pool look deeper than it really is.  Stay safe and pick a color that is lighter.

Types of Tiles

Alright, now the fun part!  You get to choose the material that your tiles are going to be made from.  There are a lot of choices so you should be able to find one that fits your budget, has the colors and features you want, and one that allows you to be free to add in your own personality, style or indoor/outdoor home decor.

– Porcelain:  These are the most common tiles used for swimming pools.  These are very easy to install if you are thinking about pool restoration in Stamford Ct and they are also pretty easy to maintain.  Porcelain tiles are soft to the touch, usually having a smooth surface.  The biggest issue with these tiles is that they can break pretty easily.  But, since they are so cheap, it might not be that big of an issue for you.  Porcelain comes in a range of colors such as red, black, white, blue and green.

– Mosaic:  These tend to be the same color tones such as light blue, baby blue, royal blue and midnight blue or green, sea foam, lime, forest, etc.  These add a really colorful look to your pool and you can bring in colors from inside your home to outside.  These come in a wide range of colors, styles, sizes and designs.  While these are usually just colors, you can find designs as well.  These can be used for wall tiles as well as the bottom, but it is suggested you drain your pool twice every year to give them a really good cleaning.

– Glass:  Like the mosaic tiles, these give your pool a really nice look as far as eye appeal go.  They also come in various colors, styles and shapes.  Remember if you are going to do the bottom of your pool, do lighter colors and then do the walls a darker color to help with depth sensory.  These are also pretty cheap, especially if you can find a place that uses recycled glass.  But, if you do want the best of the best you can find important from locations such as South Africa.  Installation does take a pro’s help.

– Brick:  Brick has a really nice look and feel to it.  Just remember that brick is a porous material and they will need to be sealed before being placed in the pool.  These come in common brick colors like tan and red, but you can also find other colors as well.

– Stone:  Another porous material, these will also need to be sealed – not only before you put them in the pool, but every few years afterward.  They add a very natural nature -like element to any pool and can be found in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors – most of which are primarily found in nature like tans, blacks, browns maybe a few rusty orange colors.

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