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How long should you expect your pool tile to last?

Relaxing by the pool with friends and family by your side, having a backyard barbeque, and jumping in the water on a hot day are just a few staples of summer. Adding to this ambiance are swimming pool tiles. They create the look and feel of a private oasis all while adding shine, brilliance, and eye-catching designs to make the water look fresh and inviting. 

So, how long should your pool tile last? What can you do to keep it beautiful for longer? Read on and learn everything you need to know.

 Close up of leaf removing tool to care for pool

Why do pool tiles tend to last longer than regular tiles?

Pool tiles are more durable than tiles found in your kitchen or bathroom, so they tend to last longer. Usually, if proper care is taken, pool tiles last between 5 to 10 years. This is because tiles used in swimming pools are constantly exposed to sunlight and chemicals, so they are crafted to be stronger. 

To achieve this level of durability, pool tiles are coated by a glaze so they can withstand extra stress and resist fading for years to come.

swimming pool tiles shining in the sun

Which pool tile type lasts the longest? 

Glass, ceramic, and stone tile are the three most popular choices when it comes to pool tiles. But, which one is considered to be the most durable?

  • Glass tile is on the pricey side but it’s worth the extra cost because it’s eco-friendly, non-porous and the most durable. Glass tile can be curved so the surfaces of your pool can be covered completely. It also reflects light, which makes your water look bluer, and shine more when the sun hits it.
  • Ceramic pool tile is easy to maintain, it comes in many different colors and designs, so you can create a look that is unique to your backyard, and it can be a very affordable option, which is why they are very popular.
  • Stone tile is another great option, creating a natural look with a soft textured feel in your backyard. However, stone is a porous material, meaning it will need special care and maintenance to ensure it lasts longer.
close up of swimming pool tiles

Caring for your pool tiles so they last for years to come

Your swimming pool tiles will last longer depending how much effort you are willing to commit to. The more care, cleaning, and maintenance you provide to them, the longer they will last. Here are some useful tips.

  1. Maintain pool chemistry

To keep your pool tile looking like new, it is important to keep the chemistry of the swimming pool balanced. To do this, check the chemicals regularly to ensure the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity are within appropriate levels. 

If the pH is too high, the grout can erode, fade, or stain. On the other hand, if the pH is too low, then scale or algae formation can occur. 

Chlorine and pH levels should be checked two to three times a week. Other chemicals should be checked within the following guidelines:

  • Total alkalinity (TA) — one time a week
  • Calcium hardness — one time a month
  • Total dissolved solids (TDS) — one time a month
  • Salt (if you have a salt pool) — one time a month
  1. Prevent scale deposits

Lime, calcium, and other mineral deposits are common when pool chemistry is out of balance. To prevent buildups, clean your pool once a week with a soft brush. Make sure the brush is soft enough because a hard bristle brush can damage the tiles by scratching them. 

If the scale buildup becomes too much and you can’t remove it yourself, then you may need to call a professional to clean your tiles for you.

  1. Take care of waterline tiles

It is common for leaves and other debris to attach to the waterline tiles. This can lead to oil, dirt, scale buildup and stains. To remove the buildup, clean the tile using a nylon scrubbing sponge or a nylon-bristled brush. Using a leaf net cover can also help keep leaves out of your swimming pool.

  1. Cover your pool when it’s not used

Be sure to cover your pool when it is not in use. A good pool cover will help protect your tiles by keeping water from evaporating thus reducing the chances of scale forming. 

Also, by covering your pool, not only will you keep your tile looking great, but you will also reduce heating costs, saving even up to 70%.

  1. Prepare your tiles for the season

When preparing your pool for the season, either opening or closing it, take care to slowly fill or drain the water. By going slow, the pressure change is gradual and easier on the tile. 

This helps prevent damage due to expansion or contraction. A good guideline is to fill one-inch per hour when you are filling, or draining, your pool. 

  1. Check the tile grout

While you are getting your pool ready for the season, don’t forget to check the tile grout. Sealing your pool tile grout every 3 to 5 years will keep your tile looking nice and well-protected.

  1. Don’t delay repairs

Broken tile or cracked grout spreads quickly to the tiles around it, which can lead to more problems or a bigger -and more costly- repair job down the line. Therefore, it is best to repair any broken or cracked tiles as soon as you spot them.  

Remember, only repair the tile when it is completely dry. Furthermore, the tile and grout should be properly set and fully cured before introducing water again.

Oasis Tile can help you choose the most durable tile for your pool

By cleaning your swimming pool tile regularly, and providing routine maintenance, your tiles will stay looking nice for many years. 

Here at Oasis Tile we can help you pick the best tiles for your pool and answer any questions you might have around how to care for them. Choose from a wide range of pool tiles, available in several colors, designs, materials, and finishes, and create a long-lasting, stunning oasis at your home or business.
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