When it comes to giving an old pool a new look, nothing works quite like mosaic tile. From one-of-a-kind designs on the pool bottom to a decorative tile edge, mosaic tiles are quick and easy to install. Beyond just giving your pool a unique look, mosaic tile can also help accent your pool, giving better definition to steps and seats for a safer environment. No matter what look you're going for, it's a simple do-it-yourself project.
Look and Placement
When you decide to add decorative mosaic tile to the bottom of your pool, you'll find you have a wide array to choose from. Some companies even let you design your own custom look, translating it into a tile array you can install yourself. Mermaids, dolphins, rays, turtles or almost any sea creature you can think of are available.
Likewise, pool borders are available in a number of pre-designed patterns, or you can opt to buy different colors and shapes of tiles individually to create your own design. Whatever you decide, mosaic tile is an easy way to set your pool apart, or even give it an updated look.
Installing Mosaic Tile
When done right, mosaic tile gives your pool an instant upgrade. Guests will think you spent an arm and a leg to have it done, when in truth most pool owners can do it themselves within the space of a weekend. Adding it to a fiberglass pool does require a special approach, but it's still easily accomplished. Glazed or glass tiles pre-mounted on a mesh backing provide the best results. For fiberglass pools, you should use a flexible silicone tile adhesive and grout.
- Begin by draining the water out of your pool to reveal the area(s) where you want to install the tile.
- Allow the drained fiberglass area to air dry.
- For edging tiles, it's a good idea to pencil in a line that is pre-leveled with the water line to ensure your tile installation is uniform.
- Using a caulk gun, prepare the silicone adhesive.
- Apply the silicone adhesive to the back of the meshed tiles in a zig-zag pattern. Using numerous thin lines is better than one big line.
- Beginning on one side of your pool skimmer, press the meshed tiles into place. Line the bottom of the edging up with the pencil line to make sure they're properly spaced.
- Continue around the pool until you come to within approximately 10 feet of the skimmer.
- Measure your mesh sheets and distance remaining. If you cannot fit a full mesh sheet of tile, you may need to cut and individually place tiles as you approach your finishing point. Fill the space as neatly as possible, then allow at least 30 to 40 minutes for your adhesive to dry.
- Switch the silicone adhesive in your caulk gun for silicone grout. Begin applying grout into the areas between the tiles. Every 10 feet, stop and spread it in evenly with a grout float. Once evenly distributed, go over the tile with a nylon scrubber dipped in soapy water.
- Continue this process as you work your way around the pool. Then wipe each tile with a rag dipped in acetone, making sure not to come in contact with the water or fiberglass pool.
Once the grout is full-cured, you're ready to refill your pool and enjoy your remodeled backyard oasis. Contact Latham Pool today for more information about all our customization options that allow you to create the pool you've always dreamed of.