Glass Tiles & Your Pool
Updated: Jan 31
Did you know that glass mosaic tiles have been used on swimming pools for over 20 years in Europe? Except for some luxury hotels, swimming pools in the United States did not usually have glass mosaic tile as their primary covering material.
Generally, glass tiles have been used to decorate the swimming pool as a water line with its height not exceeding six inches. That is changing due to a decrease in prices for glass tiles and the demystification of glass not being a suitable material for pools. In fact, not all glass tiles are suitable for swimming pools, but many are.
Even if you are looking to cover a stair or the outside area of a pool, you may use an anti-slip glass mosaic tile. So when shopping for glass mosaic tiles, look at the specification sheet from the manufacturer or distributor to make sure it can be used in a swimming pool. Some glass tiles are not suitable for outdoor, especially submerged applications. The last thing you want is to find that out after your tiles are installed. Glass tiles for swimming pools have to be frost-proof and withstand heat and chemicals used to maintain the swimming pool without discoloring.
It is important to note that the tile's quality is just one of the elements for a successful pool installation. When installing glass tiles in swimming pools, it is fundamental to use proper setting materials such as waterproof membrane, thin set (tile adhesive), and grout. Also, creating expansion movement joints to allow for contractions and expansions will prevent the tiles from cracking. Learn more about glass pool tile installation.