The waterline is the area where the water in the pool meets the tile edge. The area gets grimy and discoloured as the pool ages. Therefore, some homeowners may opt to tile the waterline instead of the entire interior of the pool.
The option is both cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. Alternatively, one can tile pool as the whole and mark the waterline using tiles of a different colour, size, and shape.
Tiling the waterline draws people’s attention to this area when they visit the swimming pool. Thus, you can give it new features such as infinity edges, elevated spas, or raised bond beam above the surface of the water.
Factors to Consider When Tiling Your Pool
Most pool owners place the tiles’ style ahead of the material used to make them when selecting the tiles for their floating resort. In actual sense, the material of tiles should be the priority because it affects the pool’s maintenance and longevity.
Waterline Tile Material
A waterline pool tile is all about design; thus, you should ensure that what you install sets your pool apart from the multitude.
The waterline surface affects the overall appearance of the poolscape; thus, you should install glass mosaic tiles when you want the pool to have a luminous or extra shiny look when the sun reflects off the water surface. Porcelain is another material that you can use on your waterline. Both porcelain and glass have different effects on your pool, as shown below.
As stated several, a waterline tile should have reflective properties. However, there are other factors that these tiles should have.
Porcelain Tile is widely used in swimming pools because it’s durable, dense, easy to clean, and install. Further, the tile has a wide variety of colours and styles, making it easy to find a perfect tile to blend with the rest of the tiles used on other pool elements such as the coping, deck, and the floor.
More so, porcelain tiles have intricate sketch patterns like the blue mosaic tiles.
Glass Tiles are the latest and most fashionable tiles in the market. The glass material is also popular because it’s a visually appealing and more luxurious pool tile that increases the value of your property.
Most homeowners are using glass mosaic tiles due to their wide variety of vibrant colours and beautiful transparent body. Additionally, the surface reflects the sunlight perfectly well and mirrors the water movement.
One of the drawback of glass tiles is that they are expensive to buy and install.
Waterline tiles are installed in a manner that half of them are submerged while the other portion is visible. The 3″ that is exposed is very important for it has a powerful impact on the entire landscape design.
One way of making your waterline the focal point is by using the glass mosaic tile, for it’s an eye-popping allure.
You can also use colours that blend with the trim colour of the house, the coping, and the deck surface.
Iridescent glass mosaic tiles are an excellent option for your waterline because they change their tones with every angle of the light. Therefore, your pool will have an ever-changing appearance which enhances the interest and the beauty of the pool and the entire landscape.
The second factor you need to consider is the pool water. The element is affected by the colour of the waterline tile. You can learn a lot from what the luxury spas and hotels install as their waterline pool tile. These establishments install white mosaic pool tile for several reasons. First, they tend to make the pool water have a sky blue appearance. Second, white is a colour that denotes purity and relaxation. Therefore, it’s a colour that tells travellers to relax and take it easy.
In most homes, you will find a blue mosaic tile because it makes the pool water to appear blue. Therefore, you can turn your waterline the focal point by installing a tile that turns the pool water’s colour. For instance, you can use darker blue mosaic tile like cobalt, and Caribbean blue to give your pool water a vibrant ocean blue colour.
Waterline tiles are sold in a variety of chip sizes. Most homeowners prefer a larger subway tile that is brick-shaped. However, the choice of your pool tile is a matter of taste, although the popular trend is smaller tiles for an irregular pool shape because they are easy to wrap around the corners. Further, the smaller chip size gives your pool a lavish feel.
What Can Damage The Waterline Tiles?
These tiles are exposed to stains or scale that accumulate on the surface as a result of chemical imbalance or due to organic material like soil or leaves.
Calcium deposits occur as water naturally evaporates, and they attach themselves to the poolside. The calcium scaling is the white-grey coloured or scum that sticks and becomes hard to remove.
The waterline pool tile is affected by two types of scaling namely;
It’s a white-grey scum that is difficult to remove. The scaling is also not affected by muriatic acid. However, it can be removed with a pumice stone and a considerable amount of elbow grease.
It’s a flaky white crust that appears on the surface and bubble up when it gets in contact with muriatic acid. Therefore, it’s easy to remove this type of scaling than calcium silicate, for you only need a stain eraser and pumice stone.
As shown above, removing these stain and scaling can be tricky and time-consuming if allowed to build up for an extended period. Therefore, if your waterline pool tile is discoloured, you can decide to work on it in small increments until you cover the entire surface. Cleaning the waterline will minimize the likelihood of grime and algae building up in your pool.
Since algae growth and staining can damage the waterline tiles, you can contact experts from Gold Coast Tiling and Waterproofing. These professionals will clean your pool and return it to its earlier glow.