The waterline tile in your pool serves as a barrier against “bathtub ring” in your pool. Oils and other sticky residue eventually float to the surface of the pool, and without waterline tile, would penetrate the porous plaster material and quickly degenerate it. The non-porous surface of ceramic and glass tile collects the residue, protecting the plaster surface, and is easily cleaned.
Although it serves a utilitarian purpose, waterline tile can also be a stunning accent to your pool’s overall beauty. Like jewelry for your pool, it can complement the color of your pool’s surface, as well as enhance the color of the water.
Frost-proof and non-porous, ceramic pool tile is the traditional material used along the waterline of a pool. Pool tile comes in a vast array of colors, textures, patterns and sizes and is a specialized type of tile that is front-proof. Regular ceramic tile is not a good substitute for pool tile.
Glass mosaic tiles are an extremely beautiful addition to a pool, especially with color quartz and pebble finishes. They are available in a glittering array of colors, and come in 1” x 1”, 2” x 2”, and 3” x 3” sizes which can be combined and formed into an assortment of patterns, color combinations and mosaics that will dazzle the eye.
The coping of your pool is a cap that tops the wall of the pool shell and joins the pool with the deck. Different coping types create different looks to the pool. Traditional coping in years past has been pre-cast concrete, oftentimes with a bull-nose edge, and is called cantilevered coping. Other coping materials include brick and stone.
During your pool renovation, the coping can be changed from cantilevered concrete to brick or stone to create a different look for the entire poolscape.
Brick coping is the most durable material, but the darker colors can get very hot during the summer months. Colors range from beiges and light grays to dark reds and blackish browns. Pool coping bricks are formed with a bullnose that serves as a safety grip for swimmers and deflects waves and splashes back into the pool.
The earthy hues and durability of natural stone have become a popular choice for pool owners in recent years. Cool to the touch, the various textures and colors of stone are a perfect match for pools and spas. Many types of stone are suitable for coping, including travertine, crab orchard, bluestone, limestone, and various kinds of sandstones from around the world.