A group of playful dolphins, frolicking mermaids, dark blue seahorses, a six-and-a-half foot brown Hammerhead Shark, an intricate flying fish bursting with color; when deciding on mosaic tile for your swimming pool – the choices are endless. For decades, porcelain tile was the only option. Now, homeowners have a myriad of possibilities. Mosaic tiles can range from just a few dollars to thousands, so here’s a little information on making the right decision. Most likely, they’ll be a part of your backyard lifestyle for a long time.
If your pool company says they don’t carry the specific tile you’re looking for, that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible request. There are a ton of online retailers to buy from – just make sure your local tile professional or pool contractor will be able to install it. Check out mosaictileinc.com or pooltileworld.com.
One of the cool things about mosaic tile is that you can actually add it after-the-fact. Is your pool 10 years old and you’re just looking for a revamp? You can add new decorative tiles while resurfacing your pool. Just check with a professional before ordering.
If you’re having a hard time finding a mosaic tile design you like, hire a local artist to design one for you. Most mosaic tile comes in sections on mesh-backed sheets, but you can also order single tiles in thousands of colors, shapes and blends. Have an artist work off your color palette and create an underwater masterpiece.
Choose to just spruce up the waterline of your pool. If you’re on a budget, just add tile to the waterline – the rim of the pool where the water hits. This specific tile comes in pre-built sections that you can purchase by the lineal foot (6” x 12-3/8”). But keep in mind it’s advised that you add 5 to 10 percent “waste” when ordering.