Tiles for swimming pools: specific materials and functions
Given their characteristics, swimming facilities require a series of applicative solutions, particularly with regard to the choice of materials and their specific function.
When choosing tiles for your pool, beyond their aesthetic qualities, it’s important to consider safety and hygiene regulations and standards.
Thanks to their sturdiness and versatility, porcelain stoneware offers numerous solutions for the construction or covering of swimming pools, spas or wellness centres.
In these environments, the materials’ constant exposure to water, walkability and compliance with hygiene and safety regulations require specific engineering expertise.
Pool tiles: choosing the right tiles and what you need to know
A swimming pool’s covering is critical to its functionality and aesthetics.
Before choosing the materials, it’s useful to know the technical characteristics they should possess:
- high resistance to chlorine and particularly aggressive chemical products/agents
- high waterproofing coefficient
- significant ease of cleaning and maintenance
- easy installation
- long-term resistance
- extensive customisation options.
The construction and running of a swimming pool (be it private, public or belonging to a Spa/Wellness Centre) is also subject to state and regional laws that regulate safety in and around the pool, distance from electrical installations, pool water health inspection protocols and materials used for construction.
Within the actual swimming pool, every component must comply with specific technical requirements: the overflow edge above all.
Why choose porcelain stoneware for your pool?
Regardless of the type of swimming pool you’re considering (below or above ground, a zero-edge pool or one equipped with a ladder), porcelain stoneware could be your best choice, as it is suitable for covering all areas of the pool: its floor and walls, but also external flooring, the poolside area and sanitary facilities.
When constructing floating floors around the pool, risk of slipping and solar reflectance index (increased by proximity to water) must be considered.
Florim’s broad range of porcelain stoneware tiles also offers tremendous aesthetic versatility for all customisation needs.
The first step is choosing the type of covering: mosaic tiles, standard formats or large-format slabs.
For swimming pools on the smaller size and of unusual, complex shapes, we usually recommend a mosaic tile covering. Conversely, standard formats are generally reserved for larger, geometrically-shaped pool (as is the case for hotels and sports facilities). Today, large-format slabs are also increasingly used in this type of application, due to their aesthetic appeal and the smaller number of joints.