Re-tiling the pool is always a better option than filling-in the tile track

When the pool needs to be re-tiled, it should be re-tiled. A few pool owners have opted to fill-in the tile line. We can do this for you. But its always better to re-tile the pool. The pool tiles are not only gorgeous, they are also practical.

Pool Tile Repairs:

Regardless of the type, style, size, and location of the tiles, if just a few of them are faded, chipped, cracked, loose, hollow, or missing then just the damaged or missing tile(s) can be removed and replaced, where required. Here, you will likely have to have some spare tiles in stock. We work with all of the tile manufacturers – locally and nationally – but many old tiles are obsolete and no longer available for purchase.

So if you want the tile pattern and color(s) to match, then hopefully you have some spare tiles in your stock.

Even if you have some spare tiles, though, it will not be an exact match. The new tiles will be shiny and the existing tiles on the pool will be weathered. And the new grout (for the new tiles) will be bright and the old grout (for the existing tiles) will be weathered. But at least the pattern and color(s) will match.

Pool Tile Replacement:

If most of the tiles are faded, chipped, cracked, loose, hollow, falling apart, or missing, or if you just want a new look, then all of the tiles can be removed and replaced with new tiles. This is known as re-tiling the pool. If you opt to have the pool re-tiled, you can change the type and style of the tiles. Rather than repairing a tile here or replacing a tile there, most of the time, re-tiling the pool is the best option.

The most common part of the pool to re-tile is at the surface of the pool – called waterline tiles. Most waterline tile tracks are 6″ tall. But, you do not have to pick a 6″ tile. You merely need 6″ total. So, if your pool has 6″ waterline tile track, you could opt for:

  • one row of a 6″ wide x 6″ tall tile (called a 6″ tile or a 6×6 tile).
  • two rows of 3″ wide x 3″ tall mosaic tiles (called 3×3 tiles).
  • three rows of 2″ wide x 2″ tall mosaic tiles (called 2×2 tiles).
  • decorative derivatives that equal 6″ total in height, such as:
    • a 1″ tile border on the top, a 4″ tile, and a 1″ tile border on the bottom.
    • a 2″ tile border on the top and a 4″ tile.
    • a 4″ tile and a 2″ tile border on the bottom.

Again, this is contingent that your tile track is 6″ tall.

The correct pool tiles for Omaha, Nebraska:

Due to moisture, we will only re-tile a pool with porcelain tiles. Avoid ceramic tiles. Using stone tiles or glass tiles are both certainly approved for swimming pools too, but they can be an expensive tile option…they can be very expensive. Since we live in the Midwest – a winterizing climate – we will make sure the tiles are able to withstand the below-freezing winter temperatures. The various tile manufacturers will either reference these tiles as “frost-resistant” tiles or “frost-approved” tiles. They both mean the same thing…that these tiles can withstand below-freezing winter temperatures.

In this climate, the best tile is the 6×6 navy blue pool tile, which is porcelain and which is approved for frost. This tile is classic and attractive. And it’s always readily available. It’s also significantly less expensive than the mosaic and decorative tiles. And, it will last longer in this climate than do the mosaic and decorative tiles.

Of course, the tile type, design, pattern and color is always your choice. We have all the current catalogs for your review.

Notes about pool tiles:

Some waterline tile tracks are 3″ tall. We can re-tile with 3″ tiles or we can make a 6″ tile track and use the more common 6″ waterline tiles.

Some waterline tile tracks are 4″ tall. We can re-tile with 4″ tiles or we can make a 6″ tile track and use the more common 6″ waterline tiles.

Some pools do not have tiles. If your pool does not have waterline tiles but you want tiles there, then a tile track can be made and the pool can be tiled. This will require diamond-cutting a straight line all the way around the pool just below the coping and then diamond-cutting another straight line all the way around the pool at the height you want for a tile track (with 6″ being recommended); this will also require removing some of the wall thickness between the two diamond cuts. To be clear, if this is an option you want to discuss, you will have a phase to create the tile track and then the phase to tile the pool.

Some concrete pools might also have tiles on the edges of the steps, on the edge of a bench, or at the transition spanning the width of the pool (which notes the end of shallow water and the slope down to deeper waters). We can re-tile any location of the pool that is tiled.

Most pool tiling or re-tiling is for concrete pools. We can repair the current tiles as well as tile or re-tile your concrete pool.

Some hybrid pools and fiberglass pools also have tiles. We can repair these current tiles as well as re-tile these pools too.

Contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or to discuss your pool tiles or submit a short form to schedule free onsite consultation.

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