Best Tile Options for Pools

The finest custom swimming pools require the finest tile.

Together with simple and elegant coping, such as custom made Indiana limestone coping, selecting the proper pool tile is key to creating a stunning luxury pool.

Pool tile typically goes around the top 6” of the pool interior. It is immediately below the coping and above the plaster. The tile is at the freeze thaw line, which is the part of the swimming pool that has the greatest stress from constantly changing temperatures, expansion and contraction.

At Absolute Pools, our philosophy is to select classy, timeless pool tiles worthy of our custom pools and our clients’ homes.

We prefer porcelain pool tile with a smooth shiny glaze. While there are literally thousands of pool tiles from which to choose, with a wide range of quality, we make your tile selection easy by bring several dozen of the best tiles to your home in the selection process.

Absolute Pools owner and pool designer Brad Shuman selects the pool tile with every client to ensure the highest quality and best looking finishes, so no matter what you choose, it will reflect the Absolute Pools name and our commitment to the highest quality.

Together with your pool coping and pool plaster, we will offer recommendations that will bring your pool to the level of luxury without being too muted or too loud. We offer pool tile that will be easy to maintain and that will last years into the future without the need for repairs.

While we love the look and feel of mosaic tile and glass tile, anything smaller than 2” x 2” tile is far more likely to come off over time. The more grout you have, the more chances there are for the pool tile to pop off. Which is why we recommend 6” x 6”, 3” x 3”, or 2” x 2” porcelain pool tile. And waterproofing the shotcrete behind your tile is one of the many unseen steps we take to help reduce efflorescence (the unsightly leaching of minerals through your grout) which makes even the most beautiful tile look worn and sad.

We do install 1/2”, & 1” mosaic tile, as well as glass tile, because they look amazing, but we will always give you straightforward and honest advice and caution so you understand the pros and cons of every decision. Quite simply, if we think the tile you want to choose isn’t right, we’ll tell you.

Let us take your high-end swimming pool to the next level by helping you select the finest materials. And together with our superb craftsmanship and dedication to quality, we can build you the luxury pool you’ve always wanted.