How to Install Swimming Pool Tiling

Swimming Pool TilesIf you’re looking for a great way to provide years of summer fun for your family in your own back yard, a home swimming pool can be a great solution. Instead of using a standard pool liner consider laying tiles to line your pool – they look a lot better and work out much more cost effective over time as they are low maintenance and hardly ever need replacing.

You can even create a highly visual and attractive effect by installing colourful tiles, creating custom patterns and using mosaic tiles to give a nice theme or mood to your garden. It doesn’t matter if you’re just tiling the surround, the walls or the entire pool – make sure you use the right specialised tiles and tile grout to ensure you get a quality coverage that will literally last for decades.

First things first – drain your pool below the line at which you will be installing tiles. Make sure it is down to a level of water you’re comfortable to stand in. If you’re working on the entire pool, or just don’t want to get wet while you work, you can and should drain the water out entirely. Now clean the surface with warm water and soap in order to remove dirt, chemicals and other muck from the surface. Allow to dry naturally if you have time, or dry by hand with a large towel if not.

Next, spread cement paste over a fixed area in front of you. Working on around four to five square feet at a time is best to stop the adhesive drying out before you put tiles into it. Some tile manufacturers will recommend specific tile adhesives, so follow their instructions if this is the case. It is also best to use a notched trowel or special tile adhesive spreader so you can create a texture in the adhesive which helps the tiles to stick better.

Once the section of adhesive is ready, push the pool tiles firmly into place. If you’ve overestimate the area and some starts to dry out, scrape it off with the trowel edge and apply a new layer – don’t put additional adhesive layers straight over the top.

Use a tile cutter to trim down tiles for edges or smaller areas. This is best done by drawing a pencil line over the back of the tile where the cut needs to be made, but you can also score the line in with a sharp knife and then snap the tile along this line – but be wary of splits going wrong which can result in wastage.

Once you’ve tiled your entire area, allow everything to dry for at least forty eight hours. If your pool is exposed to the elements it can be a good idea to use a tarpaulin or similar covering just in case of rain!

Now everything is thoroughly dry, apply a waterproof tile grout to the joints in between the tiles. Use a grout float to spread it across the surface and a sharp angle to force it to sit in the joints. Don’t leave gaps or spaces – make sure the grout gets into every nook and cranny or you’ll end up with water behind the installation which will cause severe problems later.

Wipe any excess grout off the tiles with a damp sponge and then allow everything to dry for another forty-eight hours at least – covering if necessary – before you refill the pool.

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