Why mosaic tiles are the best solution for your pool
(4 min read) Ahhh it’s finally Summer! Yay!… That was me passively-aggressively pretending I’m glad I’m enjoying the 100 degrees Fahrenheit weather. I’m not really pro-air conditioning, and neither is my sinuses, so the only solution for when the hell on earth starts is, of course — a pool.
Whether you are considering making one or renovating your dingy old and switching it up, this is the article for you. We will discuss why mosaic tiles are THE BEST for your swimming pool both practically and in appearance.
Price vs durability
Tiling your pool may look pricey at the moment, but once done, it will easily bring you a couple of decades of perfect bliss, simply because tiles are much more durable than any other commonly used pool surface. Even if you drop a piano in your pool and a tile or two get chipped, they will be easy to repair or replace. Why would you drop a piano in your pool? Well, how do I know? Party however you want to party. I won’t be the one judging. If pushing a piano into your pool tickles your fancy then go for it. I’m just trying to help you with the mosaic tile advice. Now stop asking stupid questions and let’s move on…
Say “plaster*… now say “no”
No, seriously, say “plaster”… Sounds cheap, right? But not good kind of cheap. The worst thing is, it’s not cheap at all! Sure you may go for it, but it will cost so much more once it grows filth-looking green and brown algae and once it starts crumbling over time. See, plaster is porous and prone to staining of all kinds. You don’t want your pool to look like a pizza capriccioso, right? Well, you’re in luck, because algae won’t grow on tiles, mosaic tiles are incredibly tough and resistant, and tiles don’t retain stains. So, once you’ve tiled your pool, you can order the said pizza and snack on the poolside knowing you’ve made the right choice. You’re welcome.
Aggregate is a lie
So hear me out on this one… Aggregate consists of all kinds of bits and pieces of glass, stone, crystal, and ceramic in A PLASTER matrix. What’s with the deceit aggregate, huh? How dare you?! See aggregate is basically like a puke of some high-quality stuff mixed in PLASTER. Yes, the same porous, stains, algae-welcoming plaster. Sure, it’s a bit more resilient and has a slightly better look than plaster because it’s not just an ordinary type of … puke. However, comparing aggregate to tiles is like comparing Jamie Lynn to Britney Spears. There’s no comparison possible. Tiles are “It’s Britney bi*ch.”
Sooooo, ceramic, glass, or stone?
Well, I suppose that this part is the trickiest. The choice will ultimately depend on the vibe you are trying to go for. (Yes, I said “vibe”, I’m a millennial, please don’t shoot me.) Stone tiles are terrific if you want to give your pool a classical Mediterranean feel, while glass tiles are great if you have some extra cash and want to give your pool that fairy-like iridescent vibe. However, nothing fits every requirement quite like ceramic. Ceramic mosaic tiles are affordable, incredibly versatile, so basically if you can imagine it, there is a ceramic tile that will help make it. Ceramic tiles are perfect for full customization and unique design ideas. You can’t go wrong with ceramic.
OMG, so many designs…
Yep, deciding on the mosaic art design will require some lengthy brainstorming sessions. You can always go for some blues and greens and throw a turtle or two in there. I mean make a mosaic turtle, so it looks as if it’s swimming in your pool, not kill a turtle by throwing it into a pool in the middle of construction That’s not even funny. You are starting to worry me… You can also go for an abstract mosaic art involving some vivid colors, so your pool looks like an acid trip, no wait. I meant to say a fever dream Yeah. That would be a great feature if you intend to throw some parties once this whole pandemic thing ends. Some of my favorite designs are unusual ones that look kind of misplaced. There’s just something so charming about red roses on the bottom of a pool, or maybe birds in mid-flight. Quirky, but charming.
So there you go. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions. Maybe I’ve even earned an invitation to your next pool party. Pretty please? I’ll come topless and bring pizza capricciosa, deal?