Installing tile in your new or refurbished pool

Tile installation for your pool or deck
Waterline tile installation for your pool or deck will is one of the most affordable ways to renovate pools in the Charlotte and Concord areas. Waterline tile accents the surface of the water in a swimming pool or spa; it also serves a practical function in helping you keep your pool looking crystal clear. Ceramic waterline tiles are purposely placed to extend just below the waterline.

For plaster pools, it is advisable that you contact professional pool contractors to install the tiles. If your pool or spa is made of fiberglass, it is possible for a handy homeowner to install the tiles. In either case, contact one of the Charlotte pool companies for an estimate. You may discover that the cost of a professional installer is well worth the money. If you should choose to attempt your own installation of glass tiles, consider the following tips for proper installation.


Measure the entire pool or spa to determine the amount of materials you will need. Measure the distance from the upper lip of the pool deck to 2 inches below the waterline. Take the measurements to your pool tile supplier and they can help you determine how much tile and grout you will need. They can also help you with colors and designs that are available. The next step is to drain the pool or spa until it is 6 inches below the waterline.  Be sure to close the drain valve. Remove any dust, contaminants, or moisture from the exposed area with clean rags.

Installing the Tiles

You will bond the individual tiles or the tile mosaic patterns to the pool using a tube of silicone adhesive in a caulking gun. Start at one of the inside corners and apply the silicone adhesive on the back of the tiles in a zigzag pattern from corner to corner. Press the tiles into place. Make sure that they are even with the upper edge of the pool. This ensures that the tiles are perfectly vertical. Secure the tiles or mosaic with 2-inch masking tape on the tile and onto the upper surface of the pool edge.

Continue to install the tiles edge to edge along every side of the pool, keeping the upper edges aligned with the top edge of the pool. Measure and cut a custom tile for the end of each row. You will need to rent a ceramic tile cutter for this project. Smooth the cut tiles with a sanding block before you install them. Repeat the procedure and install waterline tiles to a level that is two inches below the natural waterline. Allow the silicone adhesive to dry for at least 24 hours, and remove the strips of masking tape from each tile and the edge of the pool. Do not leave the masking tape on in direct sunlight or in rainy weather, or you will have a tedious project removing the masking tape.

Seaming the tiles

Install a tube of silicone sealant in your caulking gun. Cut a 1/8-inch opening in the tip. Apply the sealant using an upward motion with the caulking gun, then with the tip of your finger in a rag, smooth the seam and remove any excess sealant. Repeat this procedure for every seam between each tile. This includes the application of a uniform bead of sealant along the upper edge of the topside of the pool. Allow the sealant to cure for 24 hours before refilling the pool or spa to the waterline.

Swimming pool tile installation in Charlotte, NC

Installing new tile is more than just a cosmetic fix for your pool. You want to hire an experienced and reputable pool contractor because pool repair and renovation demands experience. It is advisable to hire a pool contractor that has experience building, designing, maintain, and renovating pools. 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. Your pool builders need to be experienced and competent because their work must last for decades. Carolina Pool Plastering offers many services to repair and remodel your pool, tile and surrounding areas. To learn more about tile installation for your pool or deck, contact Carolina Pool Plastering, in Charlotte NC, for a consultation and quote.


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