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How Much Does Pool Tile Cost per Square Foot?

Whether you are having a new pool built at your home or have hired a contractor to redo your existing pool's tile, it's probably not going to be an inexpensive project. However, this doesn't mean it will be a budget-buster. In fact, many factors will determine the cost of your pool tile per square foot. These can include whether or not the entire pool needs new tile, whether you are using ceramic pool tiles or other types such as porcelain pool tile, and other things as well. To get your questions answered regarding the cost of pool tile per square foot, here is our Oasis Tile team of pool tile experts with all you need to know.

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What's the Cost to Tile an Entire Pool?

When an entire pool needs to be tiled, the cost will of course be higher. However, it can vary greatly depending on the type of swimming pool tiles you use. If you want to keep costs low, ceramic pool tiles and porcelain pool tile are your best options, since costs for these tiles often range from $2,000-$4,000 for a standard-sized pool. As for costs per square foot for porcelain and ceramic tiles, these range from just over one dollar to perhaps $35-$50. Generally, the average price for a complete pool tile job is about $15,000, though this can go up to $70,000 if you are using expensive materials such as glass swimming pool tiles or higher-end ceramic tiles.

 Underwater Photo of Kids Enjoying Family’s Newly Tiled Swimming Pool


What's the Cost Per Square Foot?

Because there are so many different types of pool tiles available, your cost per square foot will encompass a wide range. While many people choose ceramic or porcelain pool tiles because of their lower costs that can often be less than $10 per square foot, you may instead want a pool that features a more luxurious look. In this instance, glass or mosaic tile may be your preference. If so, you may be looking at costs of $50-$100 per square foot, although many types of excellent glass swimming pool tiles can be found here at Oasis Tile at much lower costs.

Which Type of Pool Tile is Best?

Again, this depends on the look you want for your pool, your project budget, and other factors. For example, if you want natural stone tiles for your pool, these can range from $5-$30 per square foot, with granite tiles generally being the most affordable and durable. Like many people, you may love the look glass swimming pool tiles give your pool, especially if you choose finishes such as mosaics or murals. However, keep a few things in mind. First, you'll need an experienced contractor for tile installation, especially if your pool has uneven surfaces. Also, glass tiles can develop cracks and chips over time, meaning they may not last as long as natural stone, porcelain, or ceramic tiles. 

Is It Expensive to Replace Waterline Tiles?

Should you be wanting to replace your pool's waterline tiles, your cost per square foot will not be overly expensive. On average, expect to pay $25 per linear foot, plus the costs of additional materials. Along with the entire pool not needing to be drained, removing waterline tiles is far less labor-intensive, meaning the job can be completed rather quickly. 

How Much to Retile a Damaged Pool?

If your swimming pool has sustained certain types of damage, expect your retiling costs to be higher. The most common types of pool damage are cracks in the foundation and hollow spots, both of which can turn into expensive repair jobs if the damage is significant. If you need to include concrete removal costs in your pool project budget, this can add another $1,000 or more to your total tiling costs. Should you only need to replace a small section of tiles in your pool, this repair job tends to average about $25 per square foot. 

A Professional Tiler Retiling a Damaged Pool in Fun Dolphin Design

Does it Cost Less to Tile an Indoor Swimming Pool?

Not necessarily. However, we tend to find many homeowners have indoor pools that are smaller than traditional outdoor pools. As for costs, a typical 600 square-foot indoor swimming pool can be retiled for between $10,000-$12,000, which includes an average labor cost of $15 per hour and material costs of $5-$10 per square foot.

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Whether you want glass swimming pool tiles or perhaps ceramic pool tiles in a range of colors, check out our selection of pool tiles here at Oasis Tile as you are calculating your project's per square foot costs.

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