Deciding on tile installation
Savvy pool owners realize that tile installation for your pool or deck can be an attractive and affordable way to bring color and detail to their pool. Mosaic tiles are most frequently used on pools because they easily curve with the pools that are irregularly shaped. In addition to pool deck enhancement, tiles may be used as a border at the water line, or they may be installed to cover every inch of the walls and floor of your pool. Before you design and install your new tiles, take into consideration that a swimming pool has many specific requirements for proper installation.
Selecting the Tiles
Ceramic tiles are actually clay tiles that are made from wet clay, known as slip. The tiles are glazed and fired in order to give them a waterproof surface. While ceramic tiles are always suitable for wet areas such as showers, bathrooms and kitchens, not all ceramic tiles are appropriate for pools. Swimming pool tiles are specially created because any cracks in the glaze would allow moisture to degrade the tile body. Swimming pool tile is either impervious or vitreous, which means that the tile will not absorb water even if the glaze was to crack. There is also a difference between tile that is impervious and tile that is vitreous. Impervious tiles are the best option because they will only absorb 0.5 percent of any moisture exposure, while vitreous tiles will absorb up to 3 percent.
Getting your new tiles
Your Charlotte pool company will ensure that your pool properly prepared before the tile installation begins. They will begin by washing down the pool floor and walls with a pressure washer in an effort to remove contaminants from the surfaces. This will ensure a better tile bond. Once the surface is dry, they will inspect the pool carefully, patching holes or cracks. It is possible that they will apply a waterproof membrane to the pool surface as an extra layer of protection for the tiles. Once the membrane has cured, the tiles can then be installed.
Swimming pool renovation for your pool or deck in Charlotte, NC
Adding or replacing your swimming pool tile requires the expertise of an experienced and highly regarded pool contractor. You want to make sure that you hire the best available contractor. Pool repair and renovation is a complex undertaking and if you are unfamiliar with any of the Charlotte pool companies, consider Carolina Pool Plastering. They understand that your pool is a permanent feature of your home. Pool builders need to be experienced and competent because their work must last for decades. To learn more about a mosaic or ceramic tile system for your pool or deck, contact Carolina Pool Plastering, in Charlotte NC, for a discussion and quote.