Tile repair is inevitable
As sure as water is wet, you will eventually need tile repair for your pool or deck. Pool tiles give your swimming pool a beautiful visual appearance. Tiles around the water line are not only attractive, they provide an easy to clean surface for pool maintenance. Make sure that these tiles are specifically designed for pools and spas. Regular kitchen and bath tiles are not designed to withstand outdoor elements. The pool tiles that are above the water line are the easiest to repair, but draining the pool gives you access to the rest of the tiles, and makes inspection simpler. Repairing damaged tiles is crucial for the prevention of water seepage, which can lead to a problem for all the surrounding tiles.
Temporary tile repair
Perhaps you have a pool party, and you need to temporarily repair a tile or two. Examine the area where the tile(s) are missing. If the mortar is still intact, you can simply use grout to hold the tile into place until you can make a proper repair. Be sure that your tile grout is designed for swimming pools; mix it in a small container according to the directions.
Apply a sufficient dab of grout to the back of the tile. Press the tile back into the opening. Apply grout over the top of the tile, and float some in the existing grout lines using a grout float. Be sure to force a sufficient amount of grout into the joints. Scrape off the excess grout, wipe the tile and grout lines lightly with a sponge that is dampened with plain water. After the grout dries, you can buff the tile with a soft, dry rag.
Permanent tile repair
When you are ready to permanently replace the tile, completely remove the old mortar carefully, using a chisel, or with a handheld oscillating tool that is fitted with a blade for grout removal. Brush out the dust and mortar particles with a dry paintbrush. Mix thin set tile mortar in a small container according to directions on the bag or box. Spread the mortar about 1/8-inch thick with a notched trowel. Place the appropriate tile in the mortar and apply pressure. Be sure that the new grout joint is uniform with the neighboring tile joints. After the mortar dries, apply the swimming pool tile grout as mentioned above, and allow it to dry before refilling the water level.
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Replacing your tile is more than just a cosmetic fix for your pool. Your best option is to hire an experienced and reputable pool contractor because pool repair and renovation is a complex undertaking. 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 repair for your pool or deck, contact Carolina Pool Plastering, in Charlotte NC, for a consultation and quote.
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