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Custom Tiling Options for your Fiberglass Swimming Pools

  Jul 1, 2017 / by Mike Fox

 custom tiling for backyard and swimming pool - pool with deck

Custom Tiling for your Backyard and Pool

 There was a time when the tilework in and around a backyard pool tended to be, in one word, boring. Basic and simple blues and white patterns were the norm, but that is now changing. Advances in the types and colors of tile available, and the artistry with which they are used, can make a swimming pool’s tilework one of its best features. Custom tiling really makes fiberglass pools standout from boring basic swimming pools. Consider giving your swimming pool a renovation and include custom tiling.

Select Your Surface

If you haven’t recently looked into custom tilework for your fiberglass swimming pool, you may be surprised to find that there are a number of options from which to choose.

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Ceramic and porcelain. Large or small, smooth or textured, basic blue or bright and dynamic, ceramic and porcelain tiles are very versatile. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also extremely durable and the most cost-effective of the tile options. They can be used in creative ways to add visual interest to a pool without adding too much to the budget.


Stone. If you’re looking for a natural, textured finish for your pool, stone tile is the way to go. From cobblestones and pavers to granite and limestone, it is a relatively affordable and stylish way to finish your pool and the surrounding deck area. The stone used in and around pools tends to be slip-resistant, and it warms up nicely in the sun.


Glass. While it is one of the costlier types of tiles, glass is also one of the most beautiful, as its recent rise in popularity will attest. Pools can be fully tiled in glass, or it can be used in small quantities to produce dramatic visual effects. The combination of the reflective and translucent qualities of glass produces a depth and a seductive shimmer that other materials can’t match.


Metal. Most often incorporated as an accent rather than for covering large areas, metal tiles can be used to create stunning works of aquatic art.


Interesting Ideas: An Artisan’s Touch

 If you choose to go with a more standard pattern, any tile installer can help you. However, if you decide to get more creative you may want to consider working with an experienced tile artist. They can help you find a style you like and then use that style to create the image or design you envision. Some of the more popular choices today include: 

Unique patterns. Smooth and flowing or angular and energized, your tilework can be customized with a design that reflects your artistic preferences and your personality.


Aquatic realism. Many pool owners choose to have small areas or their entire pool adorned with realistic, 3D images of sea life and underwater topography.

 fiberglass tile - dolphins mosaic

Iconic art. Tile mosaics mirroring or inspired by well-known works of art are quite popular today, and give a pool an upscale look.


Logos. We love our sports teams! What better way to show your support than to have their logo proudly displayed in or around your swimming pool?


Perfectly Yours

It will take some time and effort to find the right artisan and decide on the perfect look for your new pool or pool renovation project. However, you’ll see it as time well-spent every time you slip into your artistic oasis.


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Topics: Fiberglass Pools, Backyard Renovation, Pool Features, Swimming Pool Ideas, Pool Design Ideas

Mike Fox

Written by Mike Fox

Mike has been in the Pool Industry and with Latham Pool Products for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Latham, his professional career was with Anderson and General Electric (GE) in Finance and Strategy. Mike has two sons, has coached many years of baseball, but now enjoys watching them with a nice IPA.

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